CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Alex Figge preview

Alex Figge and Imperial Capital Bank Looking for Hometown Advantage in Long Beach Hometown Heroes: Pacific Coast Motorsports is the only team based west of the Rocky Mountains and the Long Beach Grand Prix is the hometown race for the...

Alex Figge and Imperial Capital Bank Looking for Hometown Advantage in Long Beach

Hometown Heroes: Pacific Coast Motorsports is the only team based west of the Rocky Mountains and the Long Beach Grand Prix is the hometown race for the Oxnard-based crew. Alex is a former LA resident and still has business interests in Los Angeles, his record label, Umbrella Entertainment is LA based. It is also the home race for La Jolla based Imperial Capital Bank, the primary sponsor of Alex Figge's #29 car. ICB will host nearly 200 guests through the Grand Prix weekend; they are also the title sponsor of the Imperial Capital Bank Champ Car Atlantic race.

Successful Debut: Figge made his Champ Car debut at the Vegas Grand Prix last weekend. With a brand new team and a new car, Figge and PCM's goal was to finish the race. In a race filled with accidents and mechanical failures, Figge brought home his machine (albeit without third gear) in eighth position. He earned an extra point for gaining the most positions for a total of 15 championship points in his first Champ Car race; he is ranked eighth in the championship.

Familiar with Long Beach: Many of the Champ Car drivers have experience driving at Long Beach, but Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel may be the only drivers who have experience driving something other than an open wheel car at the famed street circuit. Figge and Dalziel raced here last year in the Grand Am series, driving the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Riley. While this weekend will be just his second Champ Car start, Figge has five Atlantic races under his belt at Long Beach. His best finish was fifth in 2003.

Alex Figge on the LBGP: "It's going to be great to represent Imperial Capital Bank at their home event, which also happens to be the home race for our team. It will be a special weekend for us and I am looking forward to returning to the beach, which is a track I have raced on several times. I learned so much last weekend. There are a lot of elements to a Champ Car weekend, a lot to process. Overall, I am pleased we finished and collected 15 points but it wasn't pretty. It was a tough race and I learned a ton."

-credit: pcm

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