• 25 cars set for Long Beach IMSA race

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    Twenty-five race cars have lined up for the Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach in California next weekend, with the Panoz Deltawing (extreme left) eyeing an impressive finish after failing to complete the endurance races at Daytona and Sebring, both in Florida. IMSA.COM

    Twenty-five race cars have lined up for the Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach in California next weekend, with the Panoz Deltawing (extreme left) eyeing an impressive finish after failing to complete the endurance races at Daytona and Sebring, both in Florida. IMSA.COM

    A total of 25 cars will be competing in the next round of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) that will take place at Long Beach California on Sunday.

    The third race of the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has been branded the Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.

    The 100-minute race will take place in an 11-turn, 1.968-mile (4.33-kilometer) temporary street circuit with the The Prototype (P) class featuring eight entries, including the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP of brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, which won last year’s event after finishing second in 2014.

    “I’m really looking forward to going back to Long Beach,” Ricky Taylor said. “We had a rough Sebring, so going somewhere that we have had a win and a second place is very encouraging to hopefully get some points back in the championship. It is always nice to go back when you are the defending race winners.”

    Other Corvette DPs include for two Action Express Racing and the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette DP, with Marc Goossens joined by IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay. The entry also features a pair of Mazda Prototypes, the Honda Ligier JS P2 for Michael Shank Racing, and the unique Panoz DeltaWing Racing coupe.

    The GT Le Mans (GTLM) class has a 10-car entry, with BMW, Corvette, Ford, Ferrari and Porsche each racing a pair of factory-backed cars. BMW Team RLL is the defending winner, with Bill Auberlen of nearby Redondo Beach, Calif. rejoining Dirk Werner in a new-for-2016 race car, the No. 25 IHG Rewards Club BMW M6 GTLM.

    The Prototype Challenge (PC) class will be racing for the first time at Long Beach as part of the WeatherTech Championship. Colin Braun and Jon Bennett – who won in the class in an American Le Mans Series race in 2013 – return in the No. 54 CORE autosport Flex-Box/Composite Resources ORECA FLM09. Starworks Motorsport will field a pair of cars, joining entries from BAR 1 Motorsports, Performance Tech Motorsports, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports and Rolex 24 At Daytona winners JDC-Miller Motorsports.

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