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Final 2016
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Dane Cameron 314
1 Eric Curran 314
2 Joao Barbosa 311
2 Christian Fittipaldi 311
3 Jordan Taylor 309
3 Ricky Taylor 309
4 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 282
5 Marc Goossens 273
6 Tom Long 258
6 Joel Miller 258
7 Tristan Nunez 257
7 Jonathan Bomarito 257
8 John Pew 255
9 Ryan Dalziel 247
10 Katherine Legge 247
11 Sean Rayhall 196
12 Scott Sharp 128
12 Johannes van Overbeek 128
12 Luis Felipe Derani 128
13 Olivier Pla 113
14 Max Angelelli 113
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay 109
16 Spencer Pigot 95
17 Andy Meyrick 91
18 Filipe Albuquerque 88
19 Ed Brown 72
20 Ben Devlin 70
21 Scott Pruett 62
22 Simon Pagenaud 55
23 Rubens Barrichello 53
24 Nicolas Minassian 52
25 Byron DeFoor 46
25 Jim Pace 46
25 David Hinton 46
25 Dorsey Schroeder 46
26 Henrik Hedman 29
26 Nicolas Lapierre 29
27 Brendon Hartley 27
27 Andy Priaulx 27
27 Lance Stroll 27
27 Alex Wurz 27
28 Jonny Adam 26
29 Jamie McMurray 25
29 Scott Dixon 25
29 Tony Kanaan 25
29 Kyle Larson 25
30 Gabby Chaves 25
31 Thomas Gruber 24
32 Keiko Ihara 24
33 Maurizio Mediani 23
33 Kirill Ladygin 23
33 Mikhail Aleshin 23
34 AJ Allmendinger 21
35 Carlos de Quesada 21
35 Dominik Farnbacher 21
35 Cameron Lawrence 21
35 Daniel Morad 21
36 Andreas Wirth 20

Prototype Teams
1 #31 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 314
2 #5 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 311
3 #10 WAYNE TAYLOR RACING 309
4 #60 MICHAEL SHANK RACING 282
5 #90 VISITFLORIDA RACING 273
6 #70 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 258
7 #55 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 257
8 #0 PANOZ DELTAWING RACING 220
9 #2 TEQUILA PATRON ESM 128
10 #50 HIGHWAY TO HELP 46
11 #81 DRAGONSPEED 29
12 #01 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 27
13 #02 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 25
14 #37 SMP RACING 23
15 #24 ALEGRA MOTORSPORTS 21

Prototype Manufacturers
1 Chevrolet 338
2 Ligier 324
3 Mazda 304
4 Oreca 56
5 BR 30
Ricky Taylor puts No. 10 Cadillac on pole

Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach
Friday, April 7, 2017

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Ricky Taylor
Ricky Taylor

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The wave of momentum brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor established with wins in the opening two races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar has seemingly carried over to the streets of Long Beach. Starting off the weekend by sweeping Friday’s opening two practice sessions for the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, Ricky Taylor followed it up by winning the TOTAL Pole Award in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R.

The Taylors will look to make it three in a row when the green flag flies at Long Beach, a track they also have won each of the past two seasons, on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, live on FOX.

Ricky Taylor led throughout the 15-minute qualifying session, lapping the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit in a track record 1 minute, 13.549 seconds. That lap bested Taylor’s own previous track record set in 2014 of 1:14.790 by over 1.2 seconds.

“When the team hands you a fifth-place car it’s fun to go out in qualifying and just fly around, but when the team hands you a first place car, and the expectations are high, it can be a little nerve-wrecking, said Ricky Taylor, who scored his 14th career pole. “I think this pole is the most important of the year knowing how important the track position is [at Long Beach]. This year it’s going to be the most difficult in our history here at Long Beach because of the amount of cars. It could really be a stressful race.”

The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac Daytona Prototype international (DPi) of Christian Fittipaldi made it an all-Cadillac front row with a lap of 1:13.753, just 0.204 seconds behind Taylor. Fittipaldi and co-driver Joao Barbosa enter the weekend second in the WeatherTech Championship Prototype standings following a pair of runner-up finishes to start the season.

The early-season speed shown by Mazda Motorsports continued Friday with Tristan Nunez qualifying the team’s No. 55 Mazda DPi entry a season-best third with a lap of 1:14.128. Nunez will be joined on the second row by Misha Goikhberg, who followed up a fourth-place finish at Sebring along with co-driver Stephen Simpson, with a fourth-place qualifying effort at Long Beach, 1:14.408, in the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA.

The No. 31 Whelen Cadillac DPi of Eric Curran and co-driver Dane Cameron, looking to build off a podium finish at Sebring, rounded out the top-five with a lap of 1:14.444.

Nine Prototype entries participated in qualifying Friday, down one from the 10 entered at the beginning of the weekend. In the day’s opening practice session, the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Multimatic/Riley suffered damage in an incident. The extent of the damage was enough to prevent the team and co-drivers Marc Goossens and Renger van der Zande from participating for the remainder of the weekend.

The BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach takes the green flag Saturday at 1:10 p.m. local / 4:10 p.m. ET. Live FOX network coverage begins at 4 p.m. In addition to live network television coverage, IMSA Radio will offer live coverage of the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio.

Magnussen Puts Corvette on GTLM Pole

Magnussen charges to GTLM pole
Magnussen charges to GTLM pole

Prior to Friday, Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen had qualified on pole twice for IMSA sports car races on the streets of Long Beach, taking the American Le Mans Series GT1 class pole in 2008 and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class pole in 2014.

In both cases, the Dane went on to win the next day. He’s hoping that trend will continue in Saturday’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach – which will be televised live on FOX at 4 p.m. ET – as Magnussen found success again in GTLM qualifying Friday night.

Driving the No. 3 Corvette C7.R, Magnussen turned a best lap of 1 minute, 16.909 seconds, establishing a new GTLM track record on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn Long Beach street circuit to take the class pole. It was his 19th in major U.S. sports car competition, and if he and co-driver Antonio Garcia are able to convert the pole to victory on Saturday, it will be their second in a row, having also won last month in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.

“Qualifying here is a fantastic experience,” Magnussen said. “I love this place. It’s one of my favorite tracks. Qualifying on street tracks is always so much fun. You can scrape the walls a bit but as long as you bring it back in one piece, you won’t get in trouble. We found a few areas where we could make some changes after the first session that could give us the extra bit we needed for this qualifying session.”

Magnussen snapped a four-race pole streak for Ford, but joining him on the GTLM front row will be current class points co-leader Joey Hand in the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT. Hand posted a best time of 1:17.001 and shares his ride with German Dirk Mueller.

Qualifying third in GTLM – despite a spin into the tire barrier at the end of the back straight – was Finnish driver Toni Vilander in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE. Vilander’s best time was 1:17.043 in the car he shares with ex-Formula 1 racer Giancarlo Fisichella.

The entire, eight-car GTLM field was covered by just over half a second, setting the stage for a close battle throughout the 100-minute race. The qualifying session ended a minute and a half early when Richard Westbrook crashed the No. 67 Ford GT, removing the car’s rear wing and damaging the right rear after contact with the barrier coming onto the backstretch.

GTD Qualifying

Bryan Sellers used the entire racetrack, and maybe even a little bit more, on a last-lap flyer to take the GT Daytona (GTD) class TOTAL Pole Award in the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3.

Sellers clocked a best lap of 1:19.243 to score the fourth major U.S. sports car racing pole of his careerand knocking former IndyCar racer Jack Hawksworth’s Lexus to second on the class grid for the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix, the Saturday headliner at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. To get the position, however, Sellers admitted multiple brushes with the concrete barriers that line the Long Beach street circuit.

“It’s really exciting,” Sellers said. “To get on pole at Long Beach is really cool. I’ve been close a couple times and have never been able to get there. It’s a little extra special for us, having TOTAL on board as a team partner, and get the TOTAL Pole Award makes it even cooler. To represent them on both ends is pretty neat.

“The guys did a good job,” Sellers added. “It was a lot of work. I’m sure Jack Hawksworth is in the same position I was, where you’re rubbing the walls a little bit. That’s what makes qualifying on street courses amazing. It’s all or nothing, and today we were on the plus side of that.”

Hawksworth will start second in GTD thanks to a best lap of 1:19.276 in the No. 15 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3 he co-drives with Los Angeles native Robert Alon. It’s the strongest starting position to date for the new-for-2017 Lexus program and provided a bright spot for the team after its other entry, the No. 14 shared by Scott Pruett and Sage Karam, was substantially damaged in a crash during practice Friday morning with Pruett at the wheel.

He was not injured, but the car was unable to partake in practice or qualifying Friday afternoon, and the team has a long night of work ahead if the No. 14 will make the starting grid for the 1 p.m. green flag Saturday.

The Rolex 24 At Daytona-winning No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R qualified third in GTD with Canadian Daniel Morad at the wheel. Morad and co-driver Michael Christensen were late additions to the Long Beach field, entering the race last week only after another car was withdrawn, but the 2016 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama champion managed a best qualifying lap of 1:19.375.

The top 12 cars in the GTD field were covered by less than one second.

In addition to live network television coverage on FOX, IMSA Radio will offer live coverage of the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio.

Lineup

PosPICDriverNo./MfgTimeBehind
11Ricky Taylor#10 CADILLAC DPICP1:13.549--.---
22Christian Fittipaldi#5 CADILLAC DPICP1:13.7530.204
33Tristan Nunez#55 MAZDA DPICP1:14.1280.579
44Misha Goikhberg#85 ORECA LMP2CP1:14.4080.859
55Eric Curran#31 CADILLAC DPICP1:14.4440.895
66Scott Sharp#2 NISSAN DPICP1:14.5631.014
77Tom Long#70 MAZDA DPICP1:14.9611.412
88Will Owen#52 LIGIER LMP2CP1:16.5212.972
99Ed Brown#22 NISSAN DPICP1:16.6823.133
101Jan Magnussen#3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.RMGTLM1:16.9093.360
112Joey Hand#66 FORD GTMGTLM1:17.0013.452
123Toni Vilander#62 FERRARI 488 GTEMGTLM1:17.0433.494
134Laurens Vanthoor#912 PORSCHE 911 RSRMGTLM1:17.0563.507
145Bill Auberlen#25 BMW M6 GTLMMGTLM1:17.0723.523
156Oliver Gavin#4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.RMGTLM1:17.1153.566
167John Edwards#24 BMW M6 GTLMMGTLM1:17.2903.741
178Richard Westbrook#67 FORD GTMGTLM1:17.4873.938
181Bryan Sellers#48 LAMBORGHINI HURACAN GT3CGTD1:19.2435.694
192Jack Hawksworth#15 LEXUS RCF GT3CGTD1:19.2765.727
203Daniel Morad#28 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RCGTD1:19.3755.826
214Corey Lewis#16 LAMBORGHINI HURACAN GT3CGTD1:19.3795.830
225Lawson Aschenbach#57 AUDI R8 LMS GT3CGTD1:19.7526.203
236Ben Keating#33 MERCEDES-AMG GT3CGTD1:19.8766.327
247Jan Heylen#991 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RCGTD1:19.8856.336
258Katherine Legge#93 ACURA NSX GT3CGTD1:20.0296.480
269Patrick Lindsey#73 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RCGTD1:20.1496.600
2710Boris Said#75 MERCEDES-AMG GT3CGTD1:20.1736.624
2811Christina Nielsen#63 FERRARI 488 GT3CGTD1:20.2036.654
2912Oswaldo Negri Jr #86 ACURA NSX GT3CGTD1:20.2426.693
3013Cooper Macneil#50 MERCEDES-AMG GT3CGTD1:20.3636.814
3114Bret Curtis#96 BMW M6 GT3CGTD1:21.5237.974
3215Jonathan Bennett#54 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RCGTD1:22.8379.288
3316Scott Pruett#14 LEXUS RCF GT3CGTD0.0001:13.549
3410Marc Goossens#90 MULTIMATIC/RILEY LMP2CP0.0001:13.549
359Patrick Pilet#911 PORSCHE 911 RSRMGTLM0.0001:13.549

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