Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

One of the greatest handling circuits MONTEREY, Calif., May 4, 2014 – Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) won today’s Grand Prix of Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and set a number of historical marks in the process.  The No. 2 Tequila PatrĂ³n Honda Performance Development ARX-03b (HPD) of Ed Brown and pole-winner Johannes van Overbeek claimed the first overall victory for ESM in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

It was the first win for the duo of Brown and van Overbeek. On Saturday, van Overbeek, from Oakland, Calif., won his first overall pole position and brought home the win on Sunday afternoon in a caution-free event.  He made the winning pass with 15 minutes to go.  Brown was the starting driver for the No. 2 machine. In a career-best run, Brown was competitive and kept a top-10 position throughout his 22-minute stint before turning the car over to van Overbeek.  The team pitted under green and was shuffled back in the field.

At the start of his stint, van Overbeek was scored 12th and improved his position with each lap. In 13 laps, he was running fifth. Then 16 laps later, van Overbeek was the race leader. Prototype program another podium finish Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, moving Chevrolet back into the lead of the Engine Manufacturer championship standings for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. 

The two brothers drove the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP to a runner-up finish – their third such result in four rounds of the inaugural TUDOR Championship. 

"Congratulations to Ricky and Jordan Taylor, and Wayne Taylor Racing on today's runner-up Prototype finish,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet’s Program Manager for Corvette Daytona Prototypes.  “Given the difference in performance between the Corvette DPs and the rest of the field, this is an outstanding achievement and moves Chevrolet back into the lead of the Prototype Engine Manufacturer championship."

Jan Magnussen scored their second straight GT Le Mans victory in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on Sunday.  The duo won a hard-fought battle for the second consecutive season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – this time in their No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. 

Garcia won by 4.710 seconds as Corvette Racing took its third straight win at the track and seventh since 2004. 

"Today was another fantastic day for Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Corvette Racing,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet’s Director of Racing.  “It was a tremendous performance by everyone involved.  The strategy and execution were perfect from the start.  We saw again why this class of racing is among the best in the world."

Bill Auberlen Long Beach
On FOX Sports 1 this past Sunday witnessed one of Bill Auberlen's best drives in recent years as the BMW Team RLL race treated fans to another demonstration of what has made him one of the best in the world.  In the closing stages of the two-hour TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race, the BMW ace raced from fifth to second, extending his lead (along with co-driver Andy Priaulx) in the GTLM class championship points standings. 

In the final three laps of the 84 lap race, all eyes were glued to the battle between Auberlen's No. 55 BMW Z4 GTLM and the No. 911 Porsche of Nick Tandy.  Lap 82 - Hounding Tandy from third Auberlen was "hip-checked" off the track in turn 11 as he tried to pass the Porsche.  Lap 83 - Fighting back, Auberlen was close enough to try the same move in the same turn, but bam! he was hit again and off in the dirt. Lap 84 - Not to be denied he charged back and tried for the last time in turn 11 and, this time, despite an excellent defense by the Porsche, Auberlen was through for second with a masterful left-right move under braking to finish just 4.710 seconds behind the winning Corvette.  (Tandy was penalized post-race for his actions and dropped to ninth.)

IMSA News 

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P/GTLM Race Broadcast 

The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda was the fourth race for the P & GTLM classes in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.  (Full Race, Thanks, Guys) 

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