The wave of momentum brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor established with wins in the opening two races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar has seemingly carried over to the streets of Long Beach. Starting off the weekend by sweeping Friday’s opening two practice sessions for the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, Ricky Taylor followed it up by winning the TOTAL Pole Award in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Prior to Friday, Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen had qualified on pole twice for IMSA sports car races on the streets of Long Beach, taking the American Le Mans Series GT1 class pole in 2008 and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class pole in 2014.
In both cases, the Dane went on to win the next day. He’s hoping that trend will continue in Saturday’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach – which will be televised live on FOX at 4 p.m. ET – as Magnussen found success again in GTLM qualifying Friday night.
The latest news surrounding the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer – an official “Proud Charity” of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) – involves both a celebration of accomplishment and contributions to a worthy cause, going into the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix and the renowned Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach street-race weekend, Friday-Sunday.
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) has teamed up with its partners at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) to bring race fans a brand new, dynamic and entertaining way to interact with IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races. The IMSA Podium Predictor powered by IHG® Rewards Club will launch on April 21, 2017, two weeks before the Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown at Circuit of The Americas.
Southern California is legendary for its traffic, and with a 35-car IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship field that includes 25 GT cars on the tight, 1.968-mile Long Beach street circuit, it’s going to be a 100-minute, high-speed traffic jam. Saturday’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach will be televised live on FOX at 4 p.m. ET.