Thunder will roll on Thursday in Long BeachUPDATE Pit stop contests featuring IZOD IndyCar Series stars Danica Patrick and Ryan Hunter-Reay will highlight Tecate’s “Thursday Thunder”on Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach, kicking off the official celebrations for the 36th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.
ALMS Thursday Thunder
No need for an umbrella.
The thunder scheduled for Thursday night is simply signaling the start of the race weekend … and the return of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n to the streets of Long Beach.
During the annual Thunder on Pine event – set to begin on Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach at 6:30 p.m. – two of the Series’ best-known names will be in action. From the GT class, the crew of Corvette Racing’s No. 4 Corvette C6.R will be in action for the masses lining the sidewalk, complete with tire changes and driver switches – Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin will have the honors.
Luis Diaz, Ricardo Gonzalez and the No. 80 Car Amigo – Alex Job Racing squad will represent the GT Challenge class with their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. The AJR entry is one of 10 GTC cars entered for the second round of the 2010 season.
Each pit stop will reveal the two unique styles of pit stops preformed by the Series. By rule, all LMP and GT teams operate pit stops with four tire-changers over the wall during a race. The Challenge entries – both LMPC and GTC –include one tire-carrier and one tire-changer over the wall at one time.
TIMELINE OF ACTIVITIES: 6:45 p.m. Pit Stop Competition 7:05 p.m. Motocross Freestyle Show 7:15 p.m. Roller Derby Exhibition 7:30 p.m. Motorcycle Daredevil stunts 7:45 p.m. Pit Stop Competition 8:05 p.m. Motocross Freestyle Show 8:30 p.m. Motorcycle Daredevil stunts 9:00 p.m. Tecate Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
The Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is the second round of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n. The race, set at the historic Long Beach street circuit, is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 17 with coverage on SPEED set for 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche – a production of Radio Show Limited – as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 245. Visit the Series’ schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.
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