Last weekend, the American Le Mans Series held it’s annual race at the Long Beach Grand Prix circuit. Every year, this venue attracts a massive crowd and a lot of attention from media and racing teams because of its heritage — Long Beach is sometimes called the “Monaco of North America,” and with the unforgiving track layout (spread over a distance of just under 2 miles in downtown Long Beach California) it’s easy to see why.
There are 5 classes of cars racing in the ALMS at Long Beach: Prototype 1 and 2, Prototype Challenge, Grand Touring, and Grand Touring Challenge. Of these classes, Grand Touring has historically been the home of the most intense action, and most unpredictable results. This year’s Long Beach race was no exception! With intense battles taking place for 3rd and 4th place as well as 5th and 6th, the leader for GT class was steady for nearly half the race. Tommy Milner did a fantastic job of starting the #4 Corvette from 3rd on grid, managing to work his way through traffic and past defending champion BMW driver Joey Hand as well as Milner’s own teammate Jorg Magnussen in the #3 Corvette. Co-driver Oliver Gavin maintained the lead for the remainder of the race, making this the first win for Corvette Racing in the 2012 season!
For more information about Tommy and Oliver, as well as teammates and the cars themselves, log on to www.corvetteracing.com