After a few days chilling around LA and the surrounding area, it was another crazy o’clock drive down to Long Beach on a Friday morning for the 7am Grand Prix of Long Beach media briefing. While the main reason for this second weekends visit to Long Beach was the Super Drift events on the Friday and Saturday evening, it was also an opportunity to check out the rest of the action at an event that doesn’t get much coverage over in the UK. The 3 days consist of races from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Pirelli GT4 America, Historic IMSA GTO Challenge, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks, the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge and finally the highlight of the weekend the IndyCar Series.
Sitting around in the north east of England in February, a person’s mind turns to how to break the winter blues, and that normally means starting to look at the calendar and planning a trip abroad. Looking over the FD schedule I initially started with the standard dates I look at, New Jersey and Irwindale but the one that jumped out was round 1 at Long Beach. It’s a track I’ve never shot and meant I could look at attending the Grand Prix of Long Beach the following weekend. A couple of days of checking flights and hotels and I was telling my day boss that I was taking pretty much the whole of April off…I already had the Easter weekend all booked for Drift Games round 1 in Ireland.