Someone Must Have Cursed the Long Beach Grand Prix this Weekend
This weekend, the Long Beach Grand Prix saw more than its fair share of misery. It all kicked off days before the actual race when two thieves stole roughlyÂ a million dollars worth of parts from Global Motorsports Group in Santa Ana. That’s bad news for the team because they needed a lot of those parts for theirÂ McLaren 570S GT4 and Porsche 911 GT3 R race cars. And it’s bad news for the thieves because all of those McLaren parts can only go into a handful of cars in the United States and are essentially valueless on the black market.
The two thieves were believed to have scouted the location while GMG held an open house, only to return with a stolen truck the following day and make off with their support coachÂ â€” an essential for item race day.Â
While theÂ coach was eventually locatedÂ by the Santa Ana Police Department, it wasn’t going to do the team much good.Â “We’ve recovered their motor coach, unfortunately it was stripped. Their trailer, unfortunately all the McLaren and Porsche parts were taken,” Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told ABC7 News.
GMG was able to get their PWC Porsche 911 GT3s onto the track with a little help from the community, but the missing parts meant the McLarens never got a chance to run. Pirelli World Challenge veteran and team ownerÂ James Sofronas even managed to get his into pole position after beingÂ flabbergasted by the heist.
“Those things are not easy to move, park and maneuver out of the back so not seeing it was a shock and I had to do a double take,” Sofronas said on the day of the robbery.
As for the race itself, there was a clumsy crash during lap one and numerous stoppages at the course’s pesky hairpin throughout. The worst incident stemmed from a crash that left three cars idle on the far sideÂ of the blind corner. As more cars approached during the final lap of the race, traffic had ground to a halt. The Corvette Racing team, which had been set for a 1-2Â GTLM class victory assumedÂ the outside might be clear. They both went high and ended up trapped behind the cars that caused the problem. Tommy Milner, who had found himself in a identical situation at last year’s race, wisely stayed insideÂ enough to stream out when traffic finally cleared but the other Vette had to watch traffic resume without it. I can only imagine that its driver, Antonio Garcia, filled his radio with every curse word imaginable
Milner didn’t allow himself to be robbed of the win this year but victory abandoned Garcia thanks to nothing more than bad luck. The overall triumph went to the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R Prototype, resulting in the team’s third Prototype class win in a row.
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April 9, 2017 at 05:39AM