2013 Long Beach Grand Prix: Part Two
Words by Matt Willis
After a few hours of sleep, we were back on scene in downtown Long Beach. Barely after the sun rose, the track was already hot and people were flooding into the event. Although it seemed like I was just there shooting a few weeks before, it felt great to be a part of it all again.
The highlight of Saturday was the American Le Mans race, which we spent most of our time throughout the day following.
The infamous Falken Porsche GT RSR continues to be one of my favorite cars. For the 2013 season, Porsche’s R&D team pumped more power into it and widened the entire body in hopes of winning the ALMS GT class.
As the race continued under green flag conditions and the time wore away, drivers did their best to conserve on fuel and tire wear while still being aggressive enough to maintain good position. Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand in the BMW Z4M-GT class focused on running consistent laps and avoiding any unnecessary battles that would take a toll on the car.
With less than 15 on the clock, a bold move by the Brian Sellers in the Falken Porsche to take an inside pass went sour. Sometimes all the lead car can do is hold their line, and in the first turn of an extremely competitive arena, its almost natural not to open any doorways.
At the end of the day, Lucas Luhr topped out the field in the Muscle Milk LMP, Guy Cosmo in the Patron LMP2, Colin Braun in PC class, Max Martin in the Z4M for the GT class and Sean Edwards led the GTC.
The day was not over after the ALMS race, though. After sunset the lights came on at the south end of the track for the Motegi Super Drift Challenge.
We were exhausted after a full days’ worth of racing so we grabbed some food and headed back to headquarters. In the final bit of coverage, we will cover the IZOD IndyCar race and more action from Sunday’s events!
Thanks for reading!