The Long Beach Grand Prix is always an exciting track to race at… who knew getting there could be exciting too?

I started my trip to Long Beach on Wednesday morning, leaving early in order to attend the Circle Porsche event at the Porsche Experience Center that evening in LA. Due to delays and crew timeouts for the airline, I didn’t arrive until Thursday afternoon.

For any of you out there also affected by the delays, I hope you made it to your destinations safely!

This weekend was my first as a GT competitor, I was eager to show what I could do in the all-pro class.

Practice Friday afternoon had a great time slot because all the drift car rubber – they run from Turns 9-11 – had been burnt off by the other series and we had a decent track to run on. I took the first 15-minutes to learn the track with my Euroworld Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

By midway through the session, I was comfortable with the track and started turning fast laps. I was all the way up to the top-four, but then everyone else seemed to drop the hammer.

I had to do the same. I put down a respectable lap late in the session and was sitting sixth. I knew I had to hit the data Friday night to see where I could gain that time. I was so close!

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