Roger Penske earned his first IMSA sports car victory since partnering with Porsche by winning the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Mathieu Jaminet won Saturday’s race under caution for Porsche Team Penske after Ricky Taylor of Wayne Taylor Racing crashed while attempting to overtake him for the win. The victory for Jaminet and Nick Tandy was the first for the team since it entered IMSA’s top class this year, following a stint in the World Endurance Championship last season. BMW’s Connor De Phillippi and Nick Yelloly took second place for the second race in a row after the Taylor crash, with Penske’s Matt Campbell and Felipe Nasr finishing third. Jaminet and Tandy managed to complete the entire 100-minute race on a single set of Michelin tires, delivering the first victory for the Porsche 963.
At the start of the race, a spin by Sebastien Bourdais caused the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac to retire, while the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura of Tom Blomqvist fell behind by a lap. Bourdais’ car, which had nose damage, was stranded in the Turn 1 runoff and brought out the race’s first yellow.
In the GTD Pro class, Vasser Sullivan’s Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat claimed a commanding victory. Barnicoat drove the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 to the win, extending their lead following the driver change. Hawksworth, who started from pole position, never relinquished the lead. This was their first GTD Pro class win since last year’s season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans. In GTD, Paul Miller Racing’s Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow took the top spot with a BMW M4 GT3. It was their third consecutive win on the streets of Long Beach.