IMSA 2014: Long Beach Race Results – FINAL

IMSA Grand Prix of Long Beach

What a difference a few races make! When the 2014 IMSA season started back in Daytona, it looked like the DP-class Chevy Corvettes were going to win every race. It was not to be- as Chip Ganassi Racing turned the tables with its Ford Ecoboost-powered Rileys at Sebring and (with Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas driving) Long Beach, where the team dominated.

The Preutt/Rojas Ford started from pole and enjoyed an early lead- which they lost only once, during a flurry of pit stops that saw the Daytona 24-winning Action Express Racing Corvette of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi beat the Ford EcoBoost-powered entry out of pit lane. The Ford’s turbocharged engine was too much for the Corvettes, however, and Pruett passed Barbosa (no easy feat!) a few laps later- holding on to the lead for 48 more minutes.

This is how the chips fell for the rest of the field at the 2014 Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach …

 

COP CLASS CAR DRIVERS CAR TYPE LAPS COMP BEST LAP FASTEST DRIVER
1 P 1 PRUETT / ROJAS FORD ECOBOOST / RILEY 77 1:16.520 SCOTT PRUETT
2 P 10 R.TAYLOR / J.TAYLOR CORVETTE DP 77 1:16.281 JORDAN TAYLOR
3 P 5 BARBOSA / FITTIPALDI CORVETTE DP 77 1:16.096 JOAO BARBOSA
4 P 42 PLA / YACAMAN NISSAN MORGAN 77 1:16.300 OLIVIER PLA
5 P 90 WESTBROOK / VALIANTE CORVETTE DP 77 1:16.549 RICHARD WESTBROOK
6 P 1 SHARP / DALZIEL HPD ARX-03B 76 1:16.446 RYAN DALZIEL
7 P 2 BROWN / VAN OVERBEEK HPD ARX-03B 76 1:16.772 JOHANNES VAN OVERBEEK
8 GTLM 3 MAGNUSSEN / GARCIA CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R 75 1:19.297 JAN MAGNUSSEN
9 GTLM 56 MUELLER / EDWARDS BMW Z4 GTE 75 1:19.095 DIRK MUELLER
10 GTLM 4 GAVIN / MILNER CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R 75 1:18.954 TOMMY MILNER
11 GTLM 911 TANDY / LIETZ PORSCHE 911 RSR 75 1:19.415 NICK TANDY
12 GTLM 912 LONG / CHRISTENSEN PORSCHE 911 RSR 75 1:19.448 LONG / CHRISTENSEN
13 GTLM 55 AUBERLEN / PRIAULX BMW Z4 GTE 75 1:19.017 BILL AUBERLEN
14 GTLM 91 D.FARNBACHER / GOOSSENS / BOMARITO SRT VIPER GTS-R 75 1:19.597 MARC GOOSSENS
15 GTLM 17 HENZLER / SELLERS PORSCHE 911 RSR 74 1:19.632 WOLF HENZLER
16 GTLM 62 FISICHELLA / CAMERON FERRARI F458 ITALIA 73 1:19.698 DANE CAMERON
17 P 7 MILLER / NUNEZ MAZDA SKYACTIV-D 71 1:22.787 TRISTAN NUNEZ
18 GTLM 93 BOMARITO / WITTMER / GOOSSENS SRT VIPER GTS-R 56 1:20.427 KUNO WITTMER
19 P 60 PEW / NEGRI FORD ECOBOOST / RILEY 39 1:16.007 OSWALDO NEGRI JR
20 P 31 CURRAN / SAID CORVETTE DP 22 1:17.273 BORIS SAID
21 P 70 TREMBLAY / LONG MAZDA SKYACTIV-D 3 1:24.565 TOM LONG

 

… and take note of the SkyActiv-D Mazdas, which- despite their racy, prototype bodywork, were lapping a few seconds slower than the GT Ferraris and Dodge/SRT Vipers around them. Bad luck for the Mazda team, also, saw the early retirement of the Tremblay/Long car, which had steam pouring out of the exhaust when the cover came off. The failure was clearly visible on TV, and might go a long way towards explaining why the Mazda 6 diesel keeps getting delayed.

Still, racing improves the breed. This, dear friends, is what that looks like, and the road-going Mazda 6 diesel wagons that we finally do get will, I’m sure, be right.

 

Sources | Photos: IMSA, Sportscar365.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.