Spring is in the air, but it’s not the smell of flowers that invades Long Beach, California each April; its melted rubber and race gas. Yep, the Long Beach Grand Prix (LBGP) came to town and there was a whole lot of racing, and quite a few badass Corvettes running around.
The Long Beach Grand Prix is the single largest event to happen in Long Beach and each year it attracts over 200,000 people. Founded by Christopher Pook in 1975, it was the premier circuit in Champ Car from 1996, but when Champ Car merged with the Indy Racing League in 2008 it became part of the IndyCar series. It’s the longest running major “street” racing event on this continent. The race circuit is just under 2 miles long and to see cars racing through the streets is a pretty big draw.
The main event is the Indy racing, but there’s a ton of action featuring Corvettes. In Prototype the No. 10 car (Wayne Taylor Racing) took the top spot and gained some solid point towards the championship. In other news Corvette Racing made it into third place with Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia piloting the No. 3 Corvette C7.R (the car that won the opening two races of the season at Sebring and Daytona). Right now Chevrolet leads in Prototype and GTLM Manufacturer points after three races, which is a good thing indeed. "The Wayne Taylor Racing team had a strong performance at Long Beach," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President - Truck Strategy, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "Ricky Taylor clinched the pole on Friday with a quick lap after cooling his tires. Then Jordan, Ricky and the No. 10 Corvette DP crew combined two great stints and quick pit stops to win the race." Campbell added: "The Corvette Corral at Long Beach was full. It's great to see so many Corvette owners at the race track. We appreciate their support of Corvette Racing." Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner finished seventh in GTLM with the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. An opening-lap incident with a fellow GTLM competitor shuffled Gavin back from fifth to eighth at the start. An early stop for a punctured tire didn't help matters for the 2012 Long Beach GT class winners.
Other Chevy action included huge displays by Chevrolet Performance and a very nice indoor GM display. So, check out some images from the event and if you have some spare time next spring we suggest you try to score some tickets.