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38th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

38th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

by Martin Gonzales

 

Nothing like a little change to keep things exciting and interesting, right?  If that is indeed the case, then this year's Grand Prix of Long Beach was sure to be one for the books.  Every race group in this year's Grand Prix had some twist to their usual stories.  Bad weather, new cars, field wide penalties, you name it - it happened!  

When the ALMS teams showed up to the track on Thursday they were greeted by the usual beautiful Southern California sunshine, but anyone who had checked the weather channel knew that the wet stuff was just around the corner.  

 

 alms, grand prix of long beach
The ALMS teams were met by a downpour on Friday morning which caused the qualifying session to be cancelled and the teams would have to be placed on the starting grid by their season standings.  The weather called for clear skies for race day, which meant everyone would have to go into the race with ZERO on-track data.  

 

 

Grand Prix of Long Beach, ALMS

 


 Long Beach Grand Prix, ALMS
Saturday was a completely different story.  The sun was back out and the field was back up to full race speed!  

 


ALMS, Grand Prix of Long Beach, BMW 
Rubins' racing!  The street-fight that ensues in the GT class at the Streets of Long Beach left plenty of body parts on the track.

 


ALMS, Lotus, Grand Prix of Long Beach
Lotus is back in ALMS with Alex Job Racing with a new 2012 Lotus Evora GTE.  The team seems to be going through the growing pains of fielding a new car, but we're all anxious to see what the combo of the 470 HP turbo 4.0-liter V6 Toyota engine and the 2,740 lbs. chassis is capable of.

 

For our detailed ALMS race coverage from Long Beach, be sure to check out Efrain's ALMS recap HERE:

 

ALMS Long Beach 2012 

 

 

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Shifter Kart
Shifter Kartlink
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 10:43 AM
i thought the Evora GTE was a 3.5 supercharged V6. anyway, great writeup
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:15 PM
Martin - Thought you were gonna drop some GTA/MPTCC coverage on us today!? Saw you on the live webcam, haha! Love this coverage and I was really hoping for more on that Evora...
Martin Gonzales
Martin Gonzaleslink
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:59 PM
The GTA/MPTCC coverage is just around the corner Bruce...stay tuned ;)

Let us look into what we can do about getting an Evora feature. I'd love to make it out to Petit LeMans this year and if I do I'll definitely bring more info back with me.
eeeen
eeeenlink
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:03 PM
Loving the no hood M3 pic.
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