ALMS Long Beach Street Circuit

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach kicked off this morning with the American LeMans cars circling the track. At 7:30AM, the pleasant sound of birds chirping was interrupted by an even better sound – a symphony of exhaust notes produced by the thirty three competition cars of the ALMS Series. All the people in the neighboring apartments definitely woke up to the sound of screaming engines if they weren’t awake already!

The Streets of Long Beach get transformed into a race track about 2 months before the annual Long Beach Grand Prix and as it gets closer to race day you can almost feel the excitement in the air. This will be the last year in which the ALMS will be running as a stand alone series, merging with Grand Am racing in 2014, and ultimately becoming the United SportsCar Racing Series.

If you get a chance to see ALMS racing this season, I urge you to go out and get out to the racetrack!

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

This morning, right before ALMS practice ended, the engine of the Dyson Racing Lola B12/60 started smoking right as it approached Turn 9, and as it passed under the Firestone bridge, I noticed these flames erupting from the rear of the car! Our friend Rex Torres told us it was caused by an injector O-ring! Man, such bad luck… :(

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

The GT class has to be one of the most interesting to watch because there are so many different manufacturers competing with essentially a race modified street car! The class consists of car manufacturers from Ferrari to BMW to Chevrolet all competing at the same time as the GTC, P1, P2, and PC classes, which are a group of various cars from Porsche GT3 Cup cars to Prototype racecars.

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

This yellow topped SRT Viper GTS-R is being driven by Jonathan Bomarito from Monterey CA and Kuno Wittmer from Montreal QC. Both of the Vipers sound pretty mean out on the track!

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

This Weathertech Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 is being driven by Cooper MacNeil and and Jeroen Bleekemolen. Everyone at MotorMavens LOVES Weathertech. We were invited to the Weathertech party at SEMA, and it was seriously one of the best parties we attended all week! (And we attended at least 10-12 parties that week!) They had awesome entertainment and an amazing seafood buffet with mountains of jumbo prawns and tuna sashimi! Oh, and Weathertech makes awesome weatherproof floormats too! :)

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

The two Ferrari 458 Italias competing this year are clad in more traditional colors than last years Tequila Patron Liveries. They look REAL good this way! This 458 is being campaigned by Risi Competizione, North America’s leading Ferrari GT team, privately owned and managed by Giuseppe Risi. The Houston-based team has competed with the Ferrari 458 Italia GT in the GT class of both the ALMS and Grand-Am series.

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

Here’s a slow pan from Mike Kim, which helps to illustrate the speed of the 458 Italia as it rockets through Turns 9, 10, and 11. If only the photo could capture the SOUND!

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

Through the break in the fences, I captured a rear shot of this TRG Porsche 911 heading into the sun. I’ll have to check it out closer in the pits.

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

Everyone who follows Falken Tire on Facebook has seen this 911 GT3 RSR, which is being driven by Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers. This is probably one of the most publicized cars in the ALMS Series!

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

This #52 ORECA FLM09 prototype car driven by Luis Diaz posted a 1:34.763, the best lap of the session in the PC class!

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

We’ll end this installment of Long Beach ALMS coverage with a rear panning shot of this SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R with a Fast & Furious 6 sticker on the door. Ironically enough, the car is being driven by a certain Dominic Toretto… oh wait, I mean Dominik Farnbacher… and Marc Goossens.

I guess we better get back to the track now… there are more cars for us to shoot!

:: Antonio Alvendia

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Corvette Stingray at Sebring 12H

Howey Farms Corvette Stingray Sebring 12H 2013 Florida

Looking through the photos we shot at the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida (Their official name is WAY too long to say in one breath; it means Sebring had a good ad sales guy), we couldn’t help but drop our jaws when staring at this Corvette Stingray from Howey Farms Racing. We don’t know much about the car and the driver, but apparently it was being driven by Clark Howey, a man with years and years of track experience at Sebring under his belt.

Howey Farms Corvette Stingray Sebring 12H 2013 Florida

From what we gathered from Google (and the hilariously outdated Howey Farms Racing website, which says its 2008 racing schedule will be updated soon), Clark Howey’s Corvette Stingray is actually a historic race car, that was first run in the GTO class back in 1973. Hm, maybe that explains the number 73 on the door.

Howey Farms Corvette Stingray Sebring 12H 2013 Florida

We just can’t get over the fact that Clark Howey’s yellow Corvette Stingray is so damn LOW! It makes it look even cooler and more aggressive than many of the other cars running in the same class. Look how low it is, even from the front!

Corvette C6.R Sebring 12H 2013 Florida

When we refer to “that yellow Corvette” running at Sebring, most people probably think of the famous Compuware Corvette C6.R, which won at Petit Le Mans and the actual 24H of Le Mans at Circuit de La Sarthe in France. The car pictured is the Number 4 C6.R, which actually won the Sebring 12H race!

Compuware driver Tommy Milner made a late pass for the lead and then held on for the final 15 minutes as the No. 4 GT Corvette C6.R won the American Le Mans Series GT class at Sebring International Raceway on Saturday.

The No. 4 Corvette C6.R – driven by 2012 Drivers’ champions Milner and Oliver Gavin, and Richard Westbrook – overcame an early electrical issue and two key penalties to win the 2013 ALMS opener. It is Gavin’s fifth victory at Sebring; Milner and Westbrook each recorded his first.

“What an incredible effort by Corvette Racing; these guys never gave up,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice-President for Performance Vehicles & Motorsports. “They came from behind multiple times. It was a focused team effort, with great driving and great calls in the pits, and great pits stops, and they delivered a big win. I’m proud of them.”

Howey Farms Corvette Stingray Sebring 12H 2013 Florida

The No. 3 GT Compuware Corvette C6.R – driven by Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Jordan Taylor – retired with just over three hours remaining due to an overheated gearbox. The team, which also experienced an electrical issue early in the race, finished in 11th place in class, 120 laps off the pace in class.

Howey Farms Corvette Stingray Sebring 12H 2013 Florida

Back to the Howey Farms Racing Corvette Stingray, check out how LOW it site up front! Bad ass.

Howey Farms Corvette Stingray Sebring 12H 2013 Florida

Tuck and roll! We just love how Clark Howey’s Corvette looks as it attacks corners with the front wheels tucking deep into the wide fenders. As cool as it looks, this Stingray SOUNDS even more amazing on the racetrack at high rpm. We wish more race cars looked as cool as this one!

:: Patrick Daly

 

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