Long Beach, Calif. (April 11, 2016) –
British sports car racer Andy Meyrick and the Panoz DeltaWing Racing Team return to action this weekend on one of the most famous street course circuits in the world, the Long Beach Grand Prix. The team will contend Saturday’s Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix, race three of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“Long Beach is an iconic circuit,” said Meyrick. “I used to watch the Long Beach Formula One races when I was growing up. It’s a track that’s on every driver’s bucket list and it’s been on mine especially since I first came to America to race in 2010.”
The 100-minute race comes on the heels of two endurance classics, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. To put it into perspective: the sports car series has completed more hours of racing in two events than their weekend counterparts, the Verizon IndyCar Series, will do all season. For the Cheshire-born Meyrick, the varied races and circuits are one of the prime draws of the championship.
“Part of the beauty of sports car racing in North America is that you can be on the high banks of Daytona one week then go to a historic track like Sebring, and now be at one of the most famous street circuits in the world. That’s what has always been the attraction of racing here for me; the variety of locations and the variety of races. Long Beach will bring its own challenges, like the closeness of the walls. The consequences for making a mistake here are much greater than at some of the bigger road courses we race on. It will be a tense battle for the 100 minutes, which is a completely different ballgame from Daytona, where you have to pace yourself for 24 hours. There’s no chance to make up lost time here.”
Meyrick, 30, has been preparing for the race for the past several weeks, working in the simulator and studying videos to learn the tricky 1.968-mile layout along the Southern California oceanfront. With limited track time, getting up to speed in the revolutionary sports car prototype will be key. Given the DeltaWing coupe’s recent success, Meyrick has confidence going into the weekend.
“I’m looking forward to learning it, but you can’t rely on just driving to get the layout down. I’ve done simulator work and watched videos – especially on-boards – before I got here. But looking at the data from last year is most important. Looking at data is akin to a musician looking at sheet music: you can read a lot from that.
“We’ve shown so far that the performance of the car has moved forward in leaps and bounds. The level of expectation is very different from where we were even a year ago. We are there to challenge for the win and the rewards of the hard work by the entire team is coming through. Of course, we could do with a little bit of luck as well!”
The Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix can be viewed live in the UK on IMSA.tv at Midnight Saturday, or on FS2 in the U.S. at 4:00 p.m. EDT. For more information on the Panoz DeltaWing Racing team, go to www.deltawingracing.com or follow Andy on Twitter at www.twitter.com/andymeyrick.