Pratt & Miller Racing Unlucky in Long Beach

Both Pratt & Miller teams forgot to knock on wood and cross their fingers ahead of the massive weekend of racing on the streets of Long Beach.

A rare treat for North American sports car fans as both the IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge paddocks converged this weekend.

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In IMSA’s GTLM class Corvette Racing was chasing their 100th program victory- and they would have had it too if it wasn’t for those pesky Porsches.

Tommy Milner was leading the GTLM class in the #4 C7.R with three laps to go when disaster struck in the form of Fred Makowiecki’s #912 911 RSR rather vigorously spinning the leading Corvette.

Here it is from Fred’s perspective:

Makowiecki has since taken responsibility for the incident.

Making things worse, the only reason Milner was being stalked by the 911s was because Antonio Garcia in the #3 C7.R had an intimate meeting with one of the track walls, forcing him to pit and bringing out the yellow flag.

The #4 did recover to place 2nd in GTLM, saving valuable championship points. Milner saying:  “I just got wrecked basically. Two Porsches running nose to tail… it is pretty clear what happened there.“It is pretty disappointing that is the kind of racing here, when we are better than that. At the end of the day, it could have been worse for us for sure. Second place is obviously great points.”

The #4 car continues to lead the GTLM championship by a healthy margin.

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Over in Pirelli World Challenge Johnny O’Connell took the checkered flag on track in the #3 Cadillac Racing ATS-V.R. GT3, but lost the victory after receiving a 10-second time penalty for technical irregularities.

According to Cadillac during post-race inspection, the data from O’Connell’s car showed two turbo boost spikes induced by traction control which officials deemed out of spec.

“In post-race tech they found we had a few boost spikes that were not to their liking,” O’Connell said in a statement. “From what I understand these were when we were in traction control situations, so not a speed advantage at all. But rules are rules. A second place finish does not take away from the accomplishment of Cadillac Racing today. I am proud of the team.”

Michael Cooper in the #8 sister car was forced to retire with 8 minutes left after brushing the wall due to fluid on track. He was running in 4th at the time after starting the race from the back.

Despite O’Connell losing the victory he will still take over the GT Class Drivers Championship lead as a result of Cooper’s 11th place finish.

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