MADISON,Wis. (April 14, 2015) – With three wins in four races, Kelly Moss Motorsports will look to continue to dominate in Round 5 of the Pirelli World Challenge ChampionshipÒ GT Cup during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 17-19 in Long Beach, California.
Kelly Moss and driver Colin Thompson will have just one race to extend the points lead, a change from the double-header format of the first two events of the season. Thompson holds a 426-373 lead over second place Lorenzo Trefethen after four rounds.
Long Beach will be the second street circuit of the season for Thompson after racing two weeks ago at St. Petersburg, Florida. Kelly Moss has previous positive experiences on the 11-turn, 1.968-mile course that is considered the most iconic street circuit in America.
“We’ve ran races there and had success,” Kelly Moss Vice President Jeff Stone said. “It’s looking like we’ll have good weather, so we’re looking forward to extending our streak and continuing the great work we’ve been doing with Colin so far this season.”
The temporary road course is carved out of the city streets surrounding the Long Beach Convention Center and has hosted races in Formula One, Champ Car, IndyCar and other major series. The circuit also goes primarily over the former location of The Pike historic amusement zone and is known for its last section, which sees a hairpin turn followed by a long, slightly curved front straightaway that runs the length of Shoreline Drive on the Long Beach waterfront.
The Long Beach Grand Prix is the largest event in the city of Long Beach. Attendance for the weekend regularly reaches 200,000 people, creating an exciting atmosphere for the team.
Thunder Thursday is the official kick-off event for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Pine Avenue comes alive with a daredevil motorcycle stunt show, freestyle motocross demonstrations, a professional pit stop competition featuring celebrity drivers, static race car displays, driver autographs and live music.
“We’re looking forward to Thunder Thursday,” Stone said. “It’s a great chance to get out in Long Beach and see the fans. It’s a social atmosphere and a lot of fun. It will be a great way to start the weekend.”
The race weekend will start with a 45-minute practice at 10:45 a.m. (PT) Friday, April 17, followed by qualifying starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Round 5 will start at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
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