The revolutionary DeltaWing prototype sport car will make its street race debut in two weeks, when the Claro/TracFone DeltaWing Racing Cars team joins the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for the Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach.
While it may be the current race car’s first trip to Long Beach, the DeltaWing heritage has roots in the area, as the initial DeltaWing was built by Dan Gurney’s Santa Ana-based All American Racers. Given the car culture that still defines the Southland and its spirit of entrepreneurism, the team looks forward to introducing So Cal sports car racing fans to the innovative and eye-catching DeltaWing.
Drivers Katherine Legge and Memo Rojas both have earned a number of “firsts” at Long Beach. Legge left England to make her mark in the U.S. in 2005 and promptly won her first Formula Atlantic event in Long Beach, becoming the first woman to win a major North American open-wheel race.
“Long Beach is very close to my heart, as it was the scene of my first win in America,” said Legge. “It really catapulted my career. It’s a fantastic circuit in a gorgeous location and it’s such a storied track. Every time you race there is special, but this time will be even more so, since it’s the first time the DeltaWing will race there. I think the car will run well, with the long straights and tight corners.”
Rojas won the first TUDOR Championship event there last year, also in his first trip to the famed street course.
“Long Beach has so much history with so many drivers and so many classes,” said Rojas, “from Formula One and IndyCar to sports cars. Growing up, it’s one of the tracks you want to race at and win at – and I’ve been lucky enough to do both. This is the first street race for the DeltaWing, but I think the acceleration and the tight corners will suit the car just fine.”
The Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase will be broadcast live on IMSA.com from 7:05 – 8:45 p.m. ET, with a replay on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. ET.