2019 BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix

The 2019 BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix was a sports car race sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). It was held at Long Beach street circuit in Long Beach, California on 13 April 2019. The race was the third round of the 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The layout of the Long Beach Street Circuit


BackgroundEdit

This event was run in conjunction with the Grand Prix of Long Beach in the IndyCar Series, held a day after the IMSA event, on 14 April.

On 4 April 2019, IMSA released a technical bulletin regarding the Balance of Performance for the race. In the Daytona Prototype International (DPi) class, the Acura ARX-05 was made 20 kilograms lighter, and received an increase in turbo boost, along with the Nissan DPi. The Mazda RT24-P was restricted in its boost, while being made five kilograms lighter. The Cadillac DPi-V.R, which won the previous two events of the 2019 season, was given a 10 kilogram increase. In GT Le Mans (GTLM), there were less significant changes. The Porsche 911 RSR was lightened by 10 kilograms, while the Ford GT had a slight reduction in boost.[1]

EntriesEdit

On 3 April 2019, the entry list for the event was released, featuring 19 cars in total. There were 11 cars in the Daytona Prototype International class, and eight entries in GT Le Mans (GTLM). The Le Mans Prototype (LMP2) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes would not be participating in the event. There were few changes to the full-season lineups in either class. Kyle Kaiser, who joined the #50 Juncos Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R for the 24 Hours of Daytona, returned to the car alongside full-season driver Will Owen on a one-race deal.[2] The Thursday before the race, it was announced one of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing's full-season drivers, Joey Hand, would be unable to compete due to suffering symptoms of the flu. His place would be taken by one of their endurance-event drivers, Sébastien Bourdais, who would also be competing in the IndyCar event.[3]

Practice and qualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pole positions in each class are indicated in bold and by  .

Pos. Class No. Team Driver Time Gap Grid
1 DPi 7 Acura Team Penske Hélio Castroneves 1:11.332 1 
2 DPi 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Felipe Nasr 1:11.550 +0.218 2
3 DPi 6 Acura Team Penske Juan Pablo Montoya 1:11.847 +0.515 3
4 DPi 5 Mustang Sampling Racing João Barbosa 1:11.870 +0.538 4
5 DPi 55 Mazda Team Joest Jonathan Bomarito 1:11.884 +0.552 111
6 DPi 77 Mazda Team Joest Tristan Nunez 1:12.147 +0.815 5
7 DPi 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac Jordan Taylor 1:12.312 +0.980 6
8 DPi 84 JDC-Miller Motorsports Simon Trummer 1:12.455 +1.123 7
9 DPi 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Misha Goikhberg 1:12.650 +1.318 8
10 DPi 50 Juncos Racing Kyle Kaiser 1:12.694 +1.362 9
11 DPi 54 CORE Autosport Jon Bennett 1:13.389 +2.057 10
12 GTLM 911 Porsche GT Team Nick Tandy 1:16.313 +4.981 12 
13 GTLM 912 Porsche GT Team Laurens Vanthoor 1:16.377 +5.045 13
14 GTLM 4 Corvette Racing Oliver Gavin 1:16.520 +5.188 14
15 GTLM 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Sébastien Bourdais 1:16.662 +5.330 15
16 GTLM 3 Corvette Racing Antonio Garcia 1:16.685 +5.353 16
17 GTLM 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ryan Briscoe 1:16.874 +5.542 17
18 GTLM 25 BMW Team RLL Tom Blomqvist 1:17.021 +5.689 18
19 GTLM 24 BMW Team RLL John Edwards 1:17.236 +5.904 19
Source:[4][5]
  1. ^ Car number 55 was moved to the back of the DPi field as a result of Jonathan Bomarito's crash in Turn 6 during qualifying. A crack was found in the car's monocoque chassis which required the team to rebuild the car using the team's spare tub. In accordance with Article 23.5.3 of the IMSA Sporting Regulations the car was moved to the back of the starting grid in its class.[6]

ResultsEdit

Class winners are denoted in bold and  .

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Laps Time/Retired
Engine
1 DPi 5   Mustang Sampling Racing   Filipe Albuquerque
  João Barbosa
Cadillac DPi-V.R 73 1:41:01.368 
Cadillac 5.5 L V8
2 DPi 7   Acura Team Penske   Hélio Castroneves
  Ricky Taylor
Acura ARX-05 73 +0.740
Acura AR35TT 3.5 L Turbo V6
3 DPi 6   Acura Team Penske   Dane Cameron
  Juan Pablo Montoya
Acura ARX-05 73 +1.873
Acura AR35TT 3.5 L Turbo V6
4 DPi 77   Mazda Team Joest   Oliver Jarvis
  Tristan Nunez
Mazda RT24-P 73 +21.066
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0 L Turbo I4
5 DPi 84   JDC-Miller Motorsports   Simon Trummer
  Stephen Simpson
Cadillac DPi-V.R 73 +25.483
Cadillac 5.5 L V8
6 DPi 31   Whelen Engineering Racing   Pipo Derani
  Felipe Nasr
Cadillac DPi-V.R 73 +35.280
Cadillac 5.5 L V8
7 DPi 50   Juncos Racing   Kyle Kaiser
  Will Owen
Cadillac DPi-V.R 72 +1 Lap
Cadillac 5.5 L V8
8 GTLM 912   Porsche GT Team   Earl Bamber
  Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR 72 +1 Lap 
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
9 GTLM 3   Corvette Racing   Antonio García
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 72 +1 Lap
Chevrolet LT5.5 5.5 L V8
10 GTLM 4   Corvette Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 72 +1 Lap
Chevrolet LT5.5 5.5 L V8
11 GTLM 66   Ford Chip Ganassi Racing   Sébastien Bourdais
  Dirk Müller
Ford GT 71 Did Not Finish
Ford EcoBoost 3.5 L Turbo V6
12 GTLM 911   Porsche GT Team   Patrick Pilet
  Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR 71 +2 Laps
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
13 GTLM 67   Ford Chip Ganassi Racing   Ryan Briscoe
  Richard Westbrook
Ford GT 71 +2 Laps
Ford EcoBoost 3.5 L Turbo V6
14 GTLM 25   BMW Team RLL   Tom Blomqvist
  Connor De Phillippi
BMW M8 GTE 71 +2 Laps
BMW S63 4.0 L Twin-turbo V8
15 DPi 55   Mazda Team Joest   Jonathan Bomarito
  Harry Tincknell
Mazda RT24-P 71 +2 Laps
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0 L Turbo I4
16 GTLM 24   BMW Team RLL   John Edwards
  Jesse Krohn
BMW M8 GTE 71 +2 Laps
BMW S63 4.0 L Twin-turbo V8
17 DPi 85   JDC-Miller Motorsports   Misha Goikhberg
  Tristan Vautier
Cadillac DPi-V.R 68 +5 Laps
Cadillac 5.5 L V8
18 DPi 10   Konica Minolta Cadillac   Jordan Taylor
  Renger van der Zande
Cadillac DPi-V.R 30 Did Not Finish
Cadillac 5.5 L V8
19 DPi 54   CORE Autosport   Jon Bennett
  Colin Braun
Nissan DPi Did Not Finish
Nissan VR38DETT 3.8 L Turbo V6
Source

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dagys, John (3 April 2019). "Acura DPi Gets BoP Break for Long Beach". sportscar365.com. John Dagys Media. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Dagys, John (3 April 2019). "Kaiser Rejoins Juncos for Long Beach". sportscar365.com. John Dagys Media. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ Klein, Jamie (11 April 2019). "Bourdais set for double IndyCar/IMSA duty at Long Beach". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  4. ^ "BUBBA burger® Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach Qualifying Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  5. ^ "BUBBA burger® Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach Race Official Starting Grid" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  6. ^ Dagys, John (2019-04-19). "New Chassis for No. 55 Mazda DPi After Qualifying Accident". sportscar365.com. John Dagys Media, LLC. Retrieved 2019-04-13.

External linksEdit

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