2011 ALMS - A lap of Long Beach in the BMW M3 GT

Dirk Werner, No. 55 BMW M3 GT, drives a lap of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn Long Beach temporary street circuit in practice for the American Le Mans at Long Beach race. April 15, 2011

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Patrick Depailler A Lap Around Long Beach 1978
As the 2012 Formula 1 season gets underway, here's a view of the original Long Beach circuit where the F1 cars ran from 1976 to 1983. It's the Tyrrell of Patrick Depailler, who would finish third in this race and win at Monaco a month later.. The Ground Effects era was going full bore in 1978. The cars were very fast and also a hand full to drive well. On this true street circuit, you went from concrete to asphalt and back, across bumps, with the cars getting airborne once a lap at the end of the Ocean straight on the turn down the hill which takes us through a series of fast sweeping turns which brought you back up to Ocean again and then a sharp right hander onto what was then a VERY long back straight. . The LB Grand Prix turned a sleepy, somewhat seedy Navy town south of LA into an exciting city to live and work in and all because of the race. Unfortunately, "progress" robbed the race of the challenging and exciting elements of elevation change and speed. The pits were located on Ocean Ave. which at that time was best known for porno movie houses and bars. When real estate development forced the race down off of Ocean, it became more and more of a contrived course. Compare this lap to an in car of the Indy cars there in 2011 and you'll see what I mean. Patrick Depailler was a talented driver who never really got the best cars, but was well respected for his ability. Formula 1 was a very dangerous sport then. Depailler would die while doing a private test at Hockenheim for his 1980 team, Alfa Romeo. This footage came from F1 1978 Review. I did Boost the sound somewhat.





Turn it Up! Joey Hand at Road Atlanta.
Joey Hand - normally found in the No. 90 M3 GT - tests the No. 92 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team M3 GT at Road Atlanta in preparation for Petit Le Mans 2010. Testing allows the team to try quite a few things to find every possible tenth. Here Joey was able to drive both M3s back-to-back to test two different spring set-ups. September 25, 2010





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