Last Lap Traffic Jam Decides GTLM Race Victory At Long Beach


When you are leading the GTLM class of a race at Long Beach, the last thing you want is a load of stationary cars at the last corner.

Long Beach is known for its chaotic street races and that reputation remained this year, with plenty of incidents during the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s visit.

A cluster of cars collided on the penultimate lap, with the WTR squad of brothers Jordon and Ricky Taylor being unaffected to take the overall victory.

But by the time the GTLM leaders reached the incident on the last lap, the track was blocked with cars and the two Corvettes tried to position their cars to get ahead.

The No.3 driven by Antonio Garcia took a wider line but the No.4 of Tommy Milner was on the inside, which proved to be the better spot as it cleared quicker.

Milner was able to sneak ahead as the cars ahead of him moved through the chaos, going on to claim the GTLM class win, while Garcia was stuck on the outside and dropped to fifth.

It must’ve been incredibly frustrating for the No.3 Corvette, just watching key rivals sneak ahead of you to take victory while you can see the chequered flag.