LG Motorsports Flex ProLong Tube Muscle At Long Beach Gigliotti leads early, finishes fourth Long Beach, Calif. -- April 10, 2006 Lou Gigliotti dominated the early laps in round three of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Series this...
LG Motorsports Flex ProLong Tube Muscle At Long Beach
Gigliotti leads early, finishes fourth
Long Beach, Calif. -- April 10, 2006 Lou Gigliotti dominated the early laps in round three of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Series this weekend at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Lou qualified the #28 ProLong Tube Headers C6 Corvette for the outside front row. When the green flag dropped, it was all Gigliotti coming down the front stretch heading into the newly widened turn one.
"I got a great start," said Lou. "It was exactly what I needed to get an advantage over Archer's (Tommy) Viper. I had enough lead going into turn one and was able to roll through without any additional risk or turn one heroics. It was an excellent start. I stayed focused on running clean lines and keeping my times consistent, so I wasn't really aware of what McCann and Archer were doing behind me. The ProLong Tube Headers C6 Corvette was a rocket."
Lou was able to stretch out his lead and set the pace for the field through the eighth lap. Mike McCann in the #82 Viper had made his way to the front and then got by Lou in turn eight.
"My car was very consistent," Lou continued. "I'm not sure if the other guys got faster or if their ABS braking was giving them the ability to brake deeper, but the next thing I knew, they were on my rear and knocking on the door. I worked at holding a tight line and braking as late as I could... but I knew I wouldn't last. My best bet was to stay smooth and not use up the car."
Lou finished the event in fourth and his sites set on Mid-Ohio.
"LG Motorsports is on the right track," added Lou. "We're running well this year and the guys are doing a great job. Our cars are extremely fast and handling well. We'll just have to find a little more to push us to the front. I'm glad we were able to put on a great show for the Long Beach fans. This is a great venue and was a favorite of mine back in my days with Trans-Am... so I'm glad the SCCA Pro guys were able to make this happen."
The #26 LG Motorsports Corvette driven by Claudio Burtin was sporting the colors of Pabst Blue Ribbon for the Long Beach event. While Claudio had an up and down time in practice and qualifying, he turned things around in the feature and finished 13th.
"We kept our composure and brought in a good finish," said Claudio following the race. "I know I could have pushed the car harder, but in the long run, I was happier putting in a good show and for the team and Pabst Blue Ribbon. I also had my parents in town for the race and that added a lot to the weekend. I'm pleased."
"Long Beach is such a festive venue," added Burtin. "I've raced here in the past with Trans-Am and the fans are great. Southern California is a fantastic place for the World Challenge Series to showcase the GT cars and it's a great track."
LG Motorsports was joined by Tomy Drissi in the #87 Corvette. 3 Dimensional Services driver, Doug Peterson, was not able to compete this weekend due to a schedule conflict. Drissi got his first career Trans-Am win here and it's his hometown.
"Wow... this was a great time," exclaimed a jubilent Drissi after finishing the day in ninth. "LG Motorsports' guys put a great car under me," he added. "I couldn't have asked for a better car. I ran with one of the Vipers for the longest time and I'm sure if I could have gotten by him, the #87 Corvette would have really stretched out. But, I played it safe and enjoyed the ride. This is a great Series... I may need to climb in a car for Infineon."
Drissi carried the banners for X Men III The Last Stand, this weekend. The movie opens in theaters, May 26, 2006. Doug Peterson and 3 Dimensional Services will rejoin the Series at Mid-Ohio for round four.
The LG Motorsports' three-car effort and the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Series were in Long Beach as part of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The event will air on SPEED Channel Sunday, April 16, 2 p.m. TV Times are EST.
The next SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge event is set for May 19-21 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, Ohio.