Along side Detroit Belle Isle, the Long Beach Street Circuit is the shortest race of the United Sports Car Championship season; an all-out sprint between narrowing corridors of fencing and blockades. With just 100 minutes of racing allotted, the competition is fierce and fleet-footed, tailored to deft driving and quick thinking, putting drivers at odds with the many skills needed to win the prior races.
40 years ago, Hans Stuck, Brian Redman, Sam Posey, and Allan Moffat stood at the podium, celebrating the first win for BMW of North America. Just days after its founding, BMW of North America had made its mark with the BMW 3.0 CSL and the victory introduced the American population to Bayerische Motoren Werke and the Ultimate Driving Machine.
The 2015 season of the Tudor United Sportscar Championship has officially begun, marked by each season’s inaugural race: the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. As a test of endurance for both man and machine, the Rolex 24 begins the season by filtering the weak and feeble from those that persevere. Those that make it to the race’s end have withstood nearly every challenge motor racing can deliver.
“This is our track.” It’s the unanimous feeling amongst the team as the final hours before the race come to a close. The Long Beach Grand Prix, and Tudor’s attached Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, have fallen in our own back yard – it’s StanceWorks’ home turf, and for us, “this is our track” takes on a whole new meaning. However, for Team RLL, Long Beach serves as a stomping ground for a team wrought with experience for the narrow streets and concrete barricades.
The 24 Hours of Daytona has long been regarded as one of the most challenging races in the world. Titled the Rolex 24 for the past 23 years, it stands as a leg in the Triple Crown of endurance racing, followed by the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Together, these races push cars, and teams to their absolute limits of durability and sanity. Andrew and I flew to Florida join in; to push ourselves to the limit in capturing our first-ever 24-hour race.