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TruSpeed Motorsports Gets 2010 Season Off to a Rousing Start In the SCCA World Challenge GT Point Standings Team Looks Forward to 'Home' Race in Long Beach COSTA MESA, Calif., April 14 - Two of TruSpeed Motorsports' drivers are in the top 10 of...

TruSpeed Motorsports Gets 2010 Season Off to a Rousing Start In the SCCA World Challenge GT Point Standings
Team Looks Forward to 'Home' Race in Long Beach

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 14 - Two of TruSpeed Motorsports' drivers are in the top 10 of the SCCA World Challenge GT point standings heading into their "home" race, the Grand Prix of Long Beach. After the team's solid showing at the recent season opener at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix, the team is in prime position to stay ahead of the field at the upcoming race being held this weekend, April 16-18, in Long Beach, Calif.

The professional racing team is a division of TruSpeed, the largest independent Porsche dealer in the United States. While the racing team works out of the World Challenge paddock at Long Beach, the TruSpeed sales and service groups will have a display inside the Convention Center.

TruSpeed driver Patrick Lindsey finished fourth in the season opener March 27 on the street circuit in St. Petersburg, Fla. He recorded the best finish for the team at that event. He was involved in an accident in the second half of the St. Petersburg doubleheader, however, so it is Rob Morgan who holds the highest position for the team in the early point standings. The latter recorded eighth- and sixth-place finishes at St. Petersburg and now sits eighth in the point standings, while Lindsey is tenth.

TruSpeed Motorsports' Charles Morgan was the model of consistency at St. Petersburg with two 11th-place finishes. He is 13th in the overall point standings going into Long Beach.

The action is sure to be as intense at Long Beach as it was at the season-opening doubleheader at St. Petersburg.

Lindsey started eighth in the 31-car field for the first race at St. Petersburg in the No. 57 Porsche 911 GT3 sponsored by TruSpeed, Horton Autosport and Sloan Securities. All three classes (GT, GTS and Touring Car) ran simultaneously at this event, so the traffic was heavy. Lindsey got off to a great standing start, passing two cars by the end of lap one to advance to sixth place, where he stayed for much of the race.

He made his move with just three laps to go in Turn 1 and it stuck, with Lindsey getting fourth behind only the winner, Randy Pobst; Andy Pilgrim and James Sofronas. "It was my first race in a Porsche and my first street race, so we were really pleased with fourth in our first outing," Lindsey said later.

Rob Morgan in the No. 46 Porsche got a great start and by lap two he had moved up two positions in TruSpeed's flagship 911 GT3 and was running in ninth place. "I had fuel pick-up problems throughout the race," Morgan explained afterwards. "But I had a quick car. My fastest race lap was just off the fastest lap of the race. We'll work on improving our qualifying, and I feel confident we'll be right in there." In the end, Morgan settled for sixth place.

His father, veteran racer Charles Morgan, had the task of breaking in the team's brand-new Porsche. He qualified 15th but encountered problems early in the race, dropping him to 24th. He steadily made his way back through the field and he took the checkered in 11th position. His No. 47 is sponsored by PrivacyStar, a Blackberry application that provides users with a privacy solution for unwanted calls.

With such a strong showing, the team is anticipating even better results at the upcoming Grand Prix of Long Beach. "After St. Pete, we're super-confident in the cars and the TruSpeed/Horton group, and we're looking forward to the 'show' aspect and racing on our home turf," Lindsey said.

The Long Beach Grand Prix schedule shows practice sessions at 4:20 p.m. Friday and 7:15 a.m. Saturday for the World Challenge cars. Qualifying is slated for 8:25 a.m. Sunday, with the race following the IZOD IndyCar race at approximately 4:14 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

More information can be found on the team's Web site at truspeedmotorcars.com and on the series' Web site at world-challenge.com.

-source: truSpeed motorsports

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Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Randy Pobst , Rob Morgan , Charles Morgan , James Sofronas , Patrick Lindsey