Victory at the Edge: Van der Zande Triumphs in Thrilling IMSA Long Beach Race

Victory at the Edge: Van der Zande Triumphs in Thrilling IMSA Long Beach Race
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Renger van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais were victorious on the streets of Long Beach after an incident-ridden Round 3

Chip Ganassi Racing’s strategy decision not to change tires during the pit stop proved to be a winning move amidst other incidents at the race. The tight street circuit posed a higher risk of driver error than anticipated, affecting several drivers who were showing good form. Pipo Derani secured his third consecutive pole position, despite his damaged #31 Cadillac V-Series, while Vasser Sullivan dominated the GTD field. The GTP championship leaders were separated by just one point before the race, with Porsche Penske 963 narrowly ahead of WTR Andretti. Derani initially led the race, but his competitors fiercely fought for the podium positions, leading to multiple caution periods. Ultimately, van der Zande’s strategic decision not to change tires during the final caution period gave him the necessary edge to secure the victory in a thrilling race at Long Beach.

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