Long Beach: Robertson Racing preview

Robertson Racing back on track for Long Beach 13/04/2010 - Robertson Racing travels to Long Beach, California, this weekend for round two of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron hoping to build upon a character-testing ...

Robertson Racing back on track for Long Beach

13/04/2010 - Robertson Racing travels to Long Beach, California, this weekend for round two of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron hoping to build upon a character-testing weekend at the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring three weeks ago.

The Atlanta-based squad's unique Ford GT - very much a fan favourite of the GT2 class - will be threaded between Long Beach's concrete wall-lined city streets by David Robertson and David Murry, the two drivers who finished ninth there last season.

Meanwhile, the team's third driver, Andrea Robertson, skips this one hour 40 minute race owing to its short duration but will be back at the wheel for Laguna Seca's six hour enduro next month.

Sebring, sportscar racing's traditional season curtain-raiser, proved a challenging event for the Robertson Racing crew who were forced to rebuild the car during race week thanks to a testing accident. After two days of precious track-time was lost while their rivals refined set-ups, just finishing Saturday's race was always going to be a triumph in itself.

The past three weeks has seen the Roush V8-powered GT stripped and fully rebuilt to ensure that after the punishment of Sebring's 12 hours, the car is fully restored and raring to go. And it will need to be, because Long Beach's packed bill affords the ALMS less track time than it is accustomed to, making every lap count.

Andrew "H" Smith, Team Manager: "12 hours around Sebring beats up most stuff and although we haven't stripped the car down to its bare shell, all four corners and the engine transmission have been fully serviced and made ready to go again.

"As Long Beach is a street circuit, there won't be much room for error. There's also very little time to do much prep work which is the biggest issue. But we have been there twice before with the car so we'll have a reasonably well sorted set-up."

David Robertson, team owner and driver: "The enthusiasm and excitement I feel for this race comes from the fantastic history of street circuit racing at Long Beach going back to the days of F1 and all that has taken place there since. The fans' enthusiasm is contagious and they are also very knowledgeable. I enjoy getting a visit from them in the paddock.

"Long Beach is a real challenge due to its narrow track with concrete walls all around it. It is a balancing act - you must push as hard as you can but you know you cannot make a mistake or you will be out of the race. If you go off there is no way you're going to be continuing. But you can't be too careful else you'll be too slow."

You can catch the race live across America this Saturday on SPEED Channel at 8pm Eastern Time while highlights will be available to European viewers on Motors TV the following weekend (April 25) from 7pm CET.

Alternatively, log on to www.radiolemans.com for full live commentary of every session throughout the weekend, with timing and scoring as it happens available at www.americanlemans.com.

-source: robertson racing

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Murry , Andrea Robertson , David Robertson