TruSpeed Motorsports had a mixed weekend in the Pirelli World Challenge race on the streets of Long Beach, CA, eventually bringing home three of their four drivers inside the top 10. Lawson Aschenbach, driving the #1 PrivacyStar / Entrust Porsche 911 GT3 Cup slipped one spot in the championship to sit 3rd overall after a 5th place finish at Long Beach, while Justin Marks, driving the #46 GoPro / MMX Porsche 911 GT3 put the tumult of the opening weekend at St. Petersburg behind him to come home a solid 8th. Tomy Drissi, in the #47 The Three Stooges Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, was his normal solid self, claiming a 6th place finish to climb in the championship. Jeff Courtney, driving the #99 Kenda Tire / RecStuff.com Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, had contact in the race and was forced to retire.
The team entered the race weekend in the thick of the championship battle, and enthused about racing in front of its home crowd, just 30 minutes from its race shop in Costa Mesa, CA. Unpredictable and sopping wet weather greeted the team on Friday morning, but the team had its spirits lifted when Justin Marks and Tomy Drissi went 1-2 in the weekend's first session. The weather was forecast to be dry and sunny for Sunday's race, and as the team set about prepping the cars for qualifying, they compensated for the difficultly they'd had getting their tires up to optimum pressure in the Friday session by sending all four drivers out at slightly higher pressures.
Team Manager Tyler Tadevic explained, "The circumstances of the qualifying session were a bit different than what we'd experienced in Friday practice, and simply put, the Cadillacs and the Volvo were just on it. We'd increased the initial tire pressures for all of our guys, and just at the tail end of the short session, Lawson got loose and kissed the wall with the left rear of his car into turn 6. That incident resulted in some more significant damage to the sub-frame of the car than we could initially tell just by looking at it, but it was a testament to our crew that they got his car back in racing shape."
As the TruSpeed cars took the green flag for Sunday's race, with Lawson in 5th, Justin in 9th, Tomy in 11th and Jeff in 13th, the field bunched into turn one and Lawson, having gone around the outside of the #77 Ferrari into turn one, got balked and fell back to 9th place by the end of the first lap.