Tom Kimber-Smith eager for Long Beach debut


Tom Kimber-Smith is eager to get out on track this weekend at Long Beach on a track he has never previously raced on during his impressive career to date.

The PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports team currently lead the Prototype Challenge class of the WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship after two runners-up spots in Daytona and Sebring, and Kimber-Smith appreciates that Long Beach will offer a much different challenge for himself and team-mate Robert Alon to that posed in the previous two events.

“I’ve actually never been to Long Beach, so I’m really looking forward to it,” admitted Kimber-Smith. “I’ve heard lots of crazy stories from there, so I’m excited for the opportunity to race there this year with PR1 and Robert.

“It’s going to be a tough street course and there is absolutely no room to make mistakes, so we’re going to have to be spot on from the start. The race is only an hour and forty minutes, which means we will have to make the most of the time we have during practice and qualifying to get the car optimized for this circuit.

“It will be a big change from Sebring to the streets of Long Beach, but I know the PR1 guys will have us ready to race on Saturday. I’m definitely looking forward to the green flag Saturday afternoon and hope we can find ourselves on the podium at the end of the weekend.”