Kyle Marcelli race report
Intersport Racing's Kyle Marcelli Takes 2nd in Long Beach
A win was surely very close, we will push hard as a team for victory at the next round in Lime Rock Park.
21-year old Canadian Race Driver Kyle Marcelli driving for the Dublin, Ohio based Intersport Racing team in the #89 LMPC Oreca FLM09 took 2nd place this past weekend on the 1.9 mile street circuit American Le Mans Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
It was Kyle Marcelli, the young and talented Canuk that was appointed to qualify the #89 Intersport Racing LMPC. With a limited qualifying session due to an early incident, the drivers needed to begin pushing right away to get in a quick lap. For most, including Marcelli each lap was quicker than the previous. As the checkered flag was waved Intersport Racing's Kyle Marcelli put in a great effort placing the
- 89 2nd place in class just 0.3 tenths off the pole position and 4th overall.
"I was quite happy with our qualifying performance as we only needed a fraction more for the pole position. I really enjoy the atmosphere around any qualifying session as its about putting everything you and the car have into just one quick lap. On a temporary street circuit its about using every inch of the road, literally and its a lot of fun." Said Driver Kyle Marcelli
Photo by: Adriano Manocchia
Co-driver of the #89 and California native Tomy Drissi did the opening stint of the 2-hour street race. Starting on row two, it was clear track ahead. Drissi did a great job keeping the car up front and in contention before handing it off to Marcelli at the halfway point.
As the team pitted, the strategy opted for a quick stop just doing the driver change and adding fuel. It paid off as Marcelli exited the pits with the race lead. However, about 10 laps later Marcelli was passed by the #06 of Gunnar Jeannette. Marcelli was pushing hard and battling through GT traffic getting the most out of his LMPC but was unable to re-take the lead. The #06 of Gunnar Jeannette was the lone car to take both fuel and tires in the pit stop, which seem to have given him the slight advantage over Marcelli. With a late full course caution, the checked flag was displayed. Marcelli and the Intersport Racing crew celebrated a well-deserved 2nd place finish.
"I was pleased to again be celebrating back on the podium of the American Le Mans Series. The Intersport Racing team did a wonderful job with preparation as we were quick right from the start and just having to make small changes to improve. A win was surely very close, we will push hard as a team for victory at the next round in Lime Rock Park." Said Kyle Marcelli.