The Alley
Auberlen makes it 14 from 14
Apr17

Auberlen makes it 14 from 14

BMW’s Bill Auberlen continued the amazing record in the GT Le Mans class in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship by becomming the 14th different pole winner in 14 races. Since the debut of the championship in Daytona in 2014, no driver has scored more than a single pole position in the hotly contested GTLM division. Auberlen went close to scoring the pole here at Long Beach last year only for Jan Magnussen to push him back in...

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Disaster for Risi before qualifying
Apr17

Disaster for Risi before qualifying

Risi Competizione’s Giancarlo Fisichella may have been second fastest at the end of the final practice session, but impact with the wall at the end of the session has left the team with a race against time. Fisichella tagged the wall at the end of back straight with the Italian ex-Formula 1 ace complaining to IMSA Radio that the car he was following braked 50 meters earlier than he expected. The impact damaged the rear of the...

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Paul Newman’s amazing career celebrated
Apr17

Paul Newman’s amazing career celebrated

He was a Hollywood legend but to race fans young and old, Paul Newman is held in even higher esteem for his efforts behind wheel. WINNING: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, is a new documentary on the Academy Award® winning actor and philanthropist’s storied 35-year racing career. The first premiere was held last night in Los Angeles. WINNING was directed by Adam Carolla and co-directed by Nate Adams. Featured in the film along...

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Lucas Luhr’s perfect path
Apr16

Lucas Luhr’s perfect path

Many  race drivers know their way around the streets of Long Beach, but none know the path to the Long Beach Grand Prix winner’s circle as well as Lucas Luhr. Luhr has entered the race here at America’s most storied street circuit four times. He has been to victory lane in all four races. His success is not simply a matter of being with a single team or manufacturer. Luhr’s victories here have come with the factory Audi team (2008),...

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Joao brings the “wow” to Action Express
Apr15

Joao brings the “wow” to Action Express

It is easy to find Joao Barbosa at most TUDOR United SportsCar Championship events, just look for Barbosa and co-driver Christian Fittipaldi on the podium at the end of the race. Portugal’s Barbosa and the Brazilian Fittipaldi have been on the point since the debut of the TUDOR Championship in 2014 claiming victory in the inaugural event, the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2014 and wins at Indianapolis and Road America on the way to the 2014...

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Bill and his boat
Apr14

Bill and his boat

Bill Auberlen of nearby Redondo Beach is a hometown favorite for the Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach. As the senior BMW factory racing driver worldwide with 53 North American endurance sports car wins, Auberlen is passionate about racing and BMW. Following his BMW Team RLL’s switch to MICHELIN® tires after winning the GT class at Long Beach in 2013, Auberlen said, “Now that we are working with Michelin and racing with...

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