ANSA Motorsports and Lorenzo Trefethen came to Southern California to compete in round 5 of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge with great expectations. Before the ‘Roar by the Shore’ presented by Replay XD race last Sunday in Long Beach, Trefethen was ranked 2nd in the driver championship, and was looking to score a good handful of points and to consolidate a top-three championship position.
The 50-minute Long Beach race ended differently than ANSA Motorsports and Trefethen expected. Once again, the Pirelli World Challenge race was full of incidents, and Trefethen was caught in a mix of it. At the beginning of the race, the driver from Napa Valley was racing in the top three, but at mid-race, Trefethen’s involvement in an incident dropped him to sixth. Fortunately, that disappointing result did little damage to the point standings; after five races, Trefethen is now ranked third in the championship.
Outside the race track, Trefethen Family Vineyards had a perfect weekend in Long Beach. Following a Wednesday night wine dinner at Park Avenue in Stanton where Chef David Slay cooked a delicious four-course meal, the action moved to the iconic race track where Trefethen Family Vineyards partnered with duPont REGISTRY and Anderson Mobile Estates to showcase one of the most incredible hospitality units ever shown in motorsports. On Thursday night, Trefethen Family Wines were poured at the Road Racing Drivers Club Evening with Bobby Unser at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel, one of the “must attend” parties of the week. Throughout the weekend, Trefethen welcomed more than 200 guests at its hospitality events. The 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach artist, Erwin Dazelle, who created the look of the No. 13 Trefethen “art car”, gave a live painting performance before the guests.
Now that Trefethen and ANSA Motorsports have put the Long Beach race in the rear-view mirror, it is time to travel to Birmingham, Alabama to compete in rounds 6 and 7 of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Championships at the MOMO Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park presented by Porsche. As in Long Beach, the Pirelli World Challenge is sharing the track with the Stars of the Verizon IndyCar series.
Trefethen will make his Alabama racing debut on the 16-turn, 2.38-mile Barber road course.
“I had a great time at both St. Pete and Long Beach navigating the narrow streets and close walls,” Trefethen said. “But I’m certainly excited to be heading back to a more traditional type of road course, especially one as challenging as Barber Motorsports Park. It will be my first time ever to drive this track. But after spending extensive time on a simulator, I think it will be really fun!”
Trefethen and the Pirelli World Challenge competitors will be on track Thursday for a promoter test day. The official Momo Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park presented by Porsche PWC competition will start on Friday, April 24 at 10:45 a.m. CDT. Qualifying is set for Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m. CDT. Race 1 at Barber is scheduled on Saturday at 11:20 a.m. CDT and race 2 on Sunday, April 26, at 10:55 a.m. CDT. The Barber race weekend will air on CBS Sports Network Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. EDT.
Watch Live Streaming from The Pirelli World Challenge Barber event at www.world-challengetv.com.
Don’t miss the Long Beach race on CBS Sports: The ‘Roar by the Shore’ presented by Replay XD race will air on CBS Sports Network Sunday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m. EDT.