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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Joao Barbosa 220
1 Christian Fittipaldi 220
2 Dane Cameron 216
2 Eric Curran 216
3 Jordan Taylor 211
3 Ricky Taylor 211
4 Marc Goossens 197
5 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 191
6 Jonathan Bomarito 183
6 Tristan Nunez 183
7 Tom Long 179
7 Joel Miller 179
8 Katherine Legge 171
8 Ryan Dalziel 171
9 John Pew 164
10 Sean Rayhall 120
11 Johannes Van Overbeek 95
11 Scott Sharp 95
11 Luis Felipe Derani 95
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 84
13 Max Angelelli 82
14 Olivier Pla 77
15 Spencer Pigot 72
15 Ed Brown 72
16 Ben Devlin 70
17 Andy Meyrick 67
18 Scott Pruett 62
19 Filipe Albuquerque 61
20 Rubens Barrichello 53

1 #5 Action Express Racing 220
2 #31 Action Express Racing 216
3 #10 Wayne Taylor Racing 211
4 #90 Visitflorida.Com Racing 197
5 #60 Michael Shank Racing 191
6 #55 Mazda Motorsports 183
7 #70 Mazda Motorsports 179
8 #0 Panoz Deltawing Racing 144
9 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 95
10 #50 Highway To Help 46
11 #81 Dragonspeed 29
12 #01 Ford Chip Ganassi 27
13 #02 Ford Chip Ganassi 25
14 #37 Smp Racing 23
15 #24 Porsche Centre Oakville 21

1 Chevrolet 236
2 Honda 227
3 Mazda 212
4 Bmw 56
5 Ford 30
Porsche understands significance of Long Beach race

Porsche Preview of Long Beach
Thursday, April 16, 2009


Ever since the Formula 5000 race cars proved that the Long Beach Grand Prix street circuit could handle world- class road racing in 1975, the history of Formula 1 and IndyCar racing in the U.S. has been impacted by this Southern California venue – and now sports car racing is making its mark as well. The Indy cars, which have been running as the feature race since 1984, were joined by the sports cars in the American Le Mans Series three years ago, and the results have been spectacular, including the 2007 race where the LMP2 Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyders took the top three overall positions, even though they were short 200 horsepower to the LMP1 prototypes.

The list of Formula 1 and Indy car drivers that have won at Long Beach is a who’s who of racing, starting with Mario Andretti – the only driver to win in both a Formula 1 and an IndyCar race here – and include Brian Redman – who won that 1975 Formula 5000 event - Carlos Reutemann, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet, Michael Andretti, Al Under, Jr., Danny Sullivan, Sebastien Bourdais, and Helio Castroneves.

A complete list of Long Beach winners since 1975 is below.

The American Le Mans Series race, which takes the green flag at 4:15 PM PDT (local) on Saturday, will be telecast on a tape-delayed basis on ABC on Sunday, April 19, starting at 12:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time, and will last 100 minutes – a special length for TV. The ABC broadcast will conclude at 2:30 PM EDT after coverage of the winners circle activities.

Both the #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche and the #18 VICI Racing Porsche will be equipped with ABC network in-car cameras to provide viewers with the best possible Porsche action from the race.

Live scoring and American Le Mans Radio are available at for both qualifying on Friday, April 17, at 7:00 PM EDT, and the entire race.

In the ALMS GT2 championship chase, the Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) aim to capture their second win of the season in the #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. While they will face stiff competition from the factory BMW, Ferrari and Panoz entries, the toughest rivals for the current point leaders Bergmeister/Long might be fellow Porsche drivers Wolf Henzler and Dirk Werner from Germany, who share driving duties for the shortest race of the season (100 minutes) in the #87 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Farnbacher Loles Racing. Henzler/Werner started the races in both Sebring and in St. Petersburg from the first row, but were not able to turn their excellent starting positions into a top result in the race. This situation should now change, according the Henzler. “We race to win the title,” says Wolf Henzler, who is reigning champion with Joerg Bergmeister.

“Even if we’ve experienced bad luck twice now, we’re not about to give up. We will keep fighting."  The street circuit along the harbor in Long Beach, where the pits are just a stone’s throw away from where the docked ocean-liner giant “Queen Mary” is anchored, is also a very special challenge for Wolf Henzler. “You can only win this race if you don’t make one mistake and the pit stop runs perfectly,” says the Porsche factory driver.

“As refueling takes a very short time, we have to change drivers very quickly. If our tight schedule allows it we’ll put in some more pit-stop practice at Long Beach.” On the narrow track edged by walls and fences overtaking is very difficult – making a good grid position essential. Still, in the fight for pole position, where cautiousness is needed with the tires, clever tactics are also important. “We have to wait to see how the track is,” says the Lizards’ Joerg Bergmeister.

“When there’s a lot of rubber on the track we can drive somewhat more aggressively. With little grip we have more tire wear and therefore must be a bit more careful.” For their victory in St. Petersburg, Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long chose harder tires compared to most of their opponents and as a result could hold off coming in to the pits until the yellow flags came out. The subsequent time saving was a key to their success. Still, in Long Beach, believes Patrick Long, everyone will be driving with relatively soft tires. “We won’t complete all the laps without a tire change. And even the softest tires can withstand two short stints.” After two races, Porsche leads Panoz in the manufacturer’s points, 40 – 36, while Bergmeister/Long lead the two Panoz drivers by the same margin. The Flying Lizard Motorsports will race a second 911 GT3 RSR in Long Beach with drivers Darren Law (USA) and Seth Neiman (USA).

Law had a chance to check the Long Beach circuit when he represented the ALMS at a media preview last week. He offered track rides to media representatives and met the stars who will compete in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race this week. "I didn’t notice any real changes to the track, but it is always nice to get on course a little early and get re-acquainted with the line and the things that make each of the street courses unique, like where the major bumps are in brake zones and how the crown in the road affects the grip level of the car. It just makes the first session easier," said Law, who already has the overall victory at the 24 hours at Daytona to his credit this year. VICI Racing, which announced its T-Mobil sponsorship for its Porsche 911 GT3 RSR just yesterday, will debut its effort at Long Beach after missing the first two races of the season.

Richard Lietz (Austria) and Johannes Stuck (Germany) will be the co-drivers for the new VICI effort. The other new Porsche team at Long Beach, Team Falken Tires, will feature Bryan Sellers and Dominic Cicero (both USA) as drivers. Team Falken plans to run a limited schedule in the American Le Mans Series in 2009 in preparation or a full assault on the championship next year.

Previous winners of the Long Beach Grand Prix

Formula 5000

1975 September 28 Brian Redman Lola-Chevrolet

Formula 1
1976 March 28 Clay Regazzoni Ferrari
1977 April 3 Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
1978 April 2 Carlos Reutemann Ferrari
1979 April 8 Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
1980 March 30 Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford
1981 March 15 Alan Jones Williams-Ford
1982 April 4 Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford
1983 March 27 John Watson McLaren-Ford

1984 March 31 Mario Andretti Lola Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing
1985 April 14 Mario Andretti Lola Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing
1986 April 13 Michael Andretti March Cosworth Kraco Racing
1987 April 5 Mario Andretti Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Newman/Haas Racing
1988 April 17 Al Unser Jr. March Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles Racing
1989 April 16 Al Unser Jr. Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles Racing
1990 April 22 Al Unser Jr. Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles/Kraco Racing
1991 April 14 Al Unser Jr. Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles/Kraco Racing
1992 April 12 Danny Sullivan Galmer Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles/Kraco Racing
1993 April 18 Paul Tracy Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor Penske Racing
1994 April 17 Al Unser Jr. Penske Ilmor Penske Racing
1995 April 9 Al Unser Jr. Penske Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor Penske Racing
1996 April 14 Jimmy Vasser Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
1997 April 13 Alex Zanardi Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
1998 April 5 Alex Zanardi Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
1999 April 18 Juan Pablo Montoya Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
2000 April 16 Paul Tracy Reynard Honda Team Green
2001 April 8 Helio Castroneves Reynard Honda Penske Racing
2002 April 14 Michael Andretti Reynard Honda Team Green
2003 April 13 Paul Tracy Lola Ford-Cosworth Forsythe Racing
2004 April 18 Paul Tracy Lola Ford-Cosworth Forsythe Racing
2005 April 10 Sébastien Bourdais Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing
2006 April 9 Sébastien Bourdais Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing
2007 April 15 Sébastien Bourdais Panoz Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing
2008 April 20 Will Power Panoz Cosworth KV Racing

Atlantics/Indy Lights winners

Indy Lights
1989 April 16 Tommy Byrne
1990 April 22 Paul Tracy
1991 April 14 Eric Bachelart
1992 April 12 Franck Freon
1993 April 18 Steve Robertson
1994 April 17 Steve Robertson
1995 April 9 Greg Moore
1996 April 14 David Empringham
1997 April 13 Helio Castroneves
1998 April 5 Cristiano da Matta
1999 April 18 Philipp Peter
2000 April 16 Scott Dixon
2001 April 8 Townsend Bell

Atlantic Championship
1989 West April 16 Hiro Matsushita
1990 West April 21 Mark Dismore
1991 April 14 Jimmy Vasser
1992 April 10 Mark Dismore
1993 April 17 Claude Bourbonnais
1994 April 17 Richie Hearn
1995 April 17 David Empringham
1996 April 13 Case Montgomery
1997 April 12 Alex Tagliani
1998 April 4 Memo Gidley
1999 April 17 Alex Tagliani
2000 April 15 Buddy Rice
2001 April 8 David Rutledge
2002 April 14 Michael Valiante
2003 April 13 A.J. Allmendinger
2004 April 18 Ryan Dalziel
2005 April 10 Katherine Legge
2006 April 9 Andreas Wirth
2007 April 15 Raphael Matos
2008 April 20 Simona de Silvestro

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