Lawson Aschenbach enters round three in a tidy second place in points. Aschenbach’s claimed two race wins on the road at St. Petersburg to open the season, but was penalized out of his first win after the race itself. World Challenge has amended his penalty, and he has been categorized fourth in round one of the championship; he sits 11 points adrift of championship leader Johnny O’Connell.
Lawson, driving the #1 PrivacyStar / Entrust Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, said, “Long Beach is the crown jewel of the World Challenge season in my mind. It’s TruSpeed’s home race so we are going to be fighting hard for the hometown crowd. There is always a great atmosphere surrounding the weekend and we are looking forward seeing all the fans. Plus, it’s an amazing feeling anytime you get to drive a racecar down Shoreline Drive!”
Justin Marks had a difficult first weekend of the season in St. Petersburg, but the California native looks set to rebound on a track he knows well. Marks has driven the famous street circuit in World Challenge, American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am Rolex Series competition, and like many drivers, considers the Long Beach circuit to be a classic. He’ll look to claim a solid result in his #46 GoPro / MMX Porsche GT3 Cup on a track whose mix of direction changes, slow corners and long straights has traditionally favored rear-engined Porsches.
For Tomy Drissi, driver of the #47 The Three Stooges / TruSpeed Porsche GT3, Long Beach is truly a home race. Drissi, a native of Hollywood, CA, has a day job in the film and television industry, and this weekend sees the opening of the movie, The Three Stooges, that is sponsoring his car. Drissi will pull double-duty as well, racing both in the Pirelli World Challenge Series as well as the American Le Mans Series this weekend.
For Team Manager Tyler Tadevic, Long Beach is always a highlight of the racing calendar. He said, “With so many of our friends, family and partners hailing from Southern California, it’s always an amazing experience to race on the streets of Long Beach. Growing up here, as so many of us did, this event is really central to the whole car culture that we’re all connected to, and it’s always a pleasure to both race here but also support the organizers of the event. We’ve been happy to have a hand in promoting the circuit and the event as much as we have this year – it’s really an honor, and we’re excited to roll out of the truck and get to racing.”
The Pirelli World Challenge Series will race Sunday, April 15 at 4:15pm PT. Television coverage will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) at 3:00pm ET on Sunday, April 29.
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