April 20, 2010 - Long Beach
Winning at Long Beach is just an unbelievable result. It's always spectacular racing at my home track, where I've been coming since I was a kid. There's just something about the energy and the vibe that make it such a special race. The second half of the race started with the Lizard boys absolutely nailing it in the pits we left nothing on the table with that effort. We were able to overtake the Falken Porsche, the Risi Ferrari and the leading Corvette in the pits. From there, it was about getting past the BMWs, who were very quick on the straight but didn't take tires in their pit stop.
In the end, I got past Joey Hand in traffic to get into second, and had to make an aggressive move on Tommy Milner to take the lead. Then I was able to pull clear, and by the time the Corvette had got past Milner's BMW, I was far enough down the track that he wasn't able to catch me before the checkered flag. We're excited to be tied for the championship now, and all in all, it was just a fantastic weekend.
The weekend before Long Beach I was at Paul Ricard in France for an LMS race with a great outcome. We had a fight on our hands immediately because the Porsches were outnumbered by Ferraris by about three-to-one, and there were some very competitive cars in the mix. Being able to achieve a one-two finish for Porsche was fantastic, but it was also great to get the one-two finish for the team, Felbermayr Proton. Being able to do an eight-hour race at Paul Ricard was pretty special. I'd driven there during my Red Bull Formula One Driver Search experience, had some Porsche RS Spyder testing there, and it is one seriously cool place to race. It was great to be back racing in Europe and in the LMS as well I hadn't raced in that series since the inaugural season in 2004."
I'm looking forward to being at the LMS race at Spa in Belgium here in a couple of weeks, and then of course up to Laguna Seca for Round 3 of the ALMS.
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