Trouble-Free Run in Long Beach Continues LG Motorsports Progress Long Beach, Calif. -- LG Motorsports earned another solid result in Saturday's Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. The No. 28 LG Motorsports 3 Dimensional.com /...
Trouble-Free Run in Long Beach Continues LG Motorsports Progress
Long Beach, Calif. -- LG Motorsports earned another solid result in Saturday's Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. The No. 28 LG Motorsports 3 Dimensional.com / Riley C6 Corvette stayed out of trouble and made a flawless pit stop, resulting in the team's second consecutive top-10 finish.
Doug Peterson started the Riley Technologies-built car and drove a trouble-free stint before pitting and handing over to team owner and former World Challenge GT Champion Lou Gigliotti. From there, Gigliotti drove the Kumho-shod Corvette C6 to the checkered flag, finishing 10th the highly competitive GT2 category.
"The car runs flawless, there's no question about that," Gigliotti said after completing the 100-minute race. "The pit stop was good. I think we beat the [Drayson-Barwell] Aston Martin out. We're running in the non-Michelin class, so I think two other cars beat us today. We're gaining valuable experience and are working our way towards the future."
Peterson, a former Star Mazda Series Master's Class Champion, enjoyed an early race battle on the historic 11-turn, 1.968-mile street circuit in Southern California. Peterson passed a few cars before settling in during his run.
"The Colbalt brake pads worked awesome," Peterson said. "It's a work in progress. I really enjoyed racing with the Aston Martin and the Porsche while I could. There's a little bit of room for improvement. The crew did as good job. They were on the money, everything was spot-on."
In only its third-ever Series start, LG Motorsports has shown a lot of promise with its brand-new car and hopes to build more momentum heading into the next round in Salt Lake City. Tire partner Kumho is aiming to deliver a new generation of tires for next race, which will be run on the outer course layout at Miller Motorsports Park.
"The car is not yet where it needs to be," Gigliotti said. "But maybe we can get a little help by Utah. Then we have a bunch of weeks when everyone else is at Le Mans to really work on the tires and go testing. We'll do some serious testing that we haven't been able to do yet."
Lou's son, team manager Louis, agrees: "We've got four weeks now to come back and make the car faster. We'll get there. Everything's overbuilt right now. We need to get it into sprint mode. Kumho is working really hard with some new tire construction, so we're very thankful for that. It shows promise."