LONG BEACH, Calif. — There are many unknowns heading into this weekend’s Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, but perhaps none more than how the Balance of Performance in the Prototype class will shake out.
January’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona unsurprisingly saw DP domination, and while Chip Ganassi Racing’s Riley-Ford came out on top at the Twelve Hours of Sebring, three P2 cars finished inside the top-five after showing race-winning pace.
Now, the new-look category heads to its first street race of the season, and for the first time this year, without any BoP changes from the previous race.
Whether the tight and twisty 1.9-mile 11-turn circuit will suit the light-and-nimble P2 cars or the heavier and more powerful DP machines, depends on who you ask in the TUDOR Championship paddock.
“From what I can see, I think there’s going to be a clear advantage on the P2 side,” said points leader Joao Barbosa, driver of the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP. “At Sebring, we had faster corners and a little bit longer straights.
“Here, everything is tighter, so aero is going to be very important. The P2 cars are very nimble and agile and much lighter cars than what we are.
“We’re probably going to struggle a little bit more. But I don’t see why we can’t have a good result here.”
A select number of P2 teams head into the 100-minute race with a leg up, at least from a setup perspective.
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