Friday, April 8, 2011

Long Beach Hosts American Le Mans Series

There is something exciting about a city race. The tight turns and impossible to pass straights, plus the accidents in a narrow hallway, all make for a perfect weekend race.

The race will be put on April 16th for the crowds in California, but the 3.167 kilometer street track takes 60 days to make, quite a bit of concrete blocks and 16,000 tires to soften the blow when heading 100mph into a wall or corner.

Last year, Flying Lizard drivers Patric Long and Joerg Bergmeister took the victory and are back to defend his title in their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
Patric talked to "9 magazine" stating that grid position is key to win these kind of races. He says it is very hard to pass in such skinny straights, and even then its almost impossible.
Joerg also agrees that grid position is very important but, also the pit stops have to be perfect especially for such a short race.

The Porsche's this year have improved in power thanks to a 4.0 liter flat 6 engine putting out 455hp!! The front fascia and the rear end have been improved for better aerodynamics to plant this planted car even further to the ground for max performance and handling.