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Entry List: BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach

On Wednesday, IMSA released the provisional entry list for the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, round No. 3 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  The race will see 35 cars from the Prototype, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes battle for 100 minutes on the streets of Long Beach, Calif.

The event is being held as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend along with the Verizon IndyCar Series, Indy Lights, the GT and GTA classes from Pirelli World Challenge, SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road and Formula D.  As a result, space is very tight in the paddock.  IMSA has restricted entries in the event to “Premium Entrants” in the three classes listed above.  Premium Entrants are simply those teams who have declared their intentions to run the full season.

As most of the races are sprint events from here on in (with the exception of Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta), fans will be seeing the regular driver pairings for the first time.  In the Prototype class, the only change of note is that the second driver for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ No. 52 is currently listed as a TBA alongside full-time driver Tom Kimber-Smith.  José Gutierrez is only confirmed for seven of the ten Prototype races on the schedule.  Mike Guasch is only in for the four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races.  RC Enerson, who drove for the team in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, could be an option.  More to come on this story.

In GT Le Mans, there are no major changes of note as the teams settle into their normal driver lineups.  In GT Daytona, the No. 27 Dream Racing Lamborghini was originally entered for the race, but has since withdrawn.  It is a shame since Long Beach is the closest race to the team’s Las Vegas base.  However, the entry list is still at 35 with the addition of Alegra Motorsports’ No. 28 Porsche.  Porsche factory driver Michael Christensen will share the car with Canadian racer Daniel Morad.  The team was previously only planning on running the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup events, so the Long Beach entry is a surprise.

Also of note, SunEnergy1 Racing owner Kenny Habul will not be driving his own No. 75 Mercedes in Long Beach.  Boris Said and Tristan Vautier will drive as a duo in Long Beach.

Turner Motorsport recently announced that they will run the full season in GT Daytona, adding onto what was originally just a Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup effort.  Back in Daytona, Justin Marks told Frontstretch that the team did not have enough sponsorship to run full-time.  Evidently, the backing has been confirmed.  Bret Curtis has returned to the team to reunite with Jens Klingmann.  The duo drove the No. 96 full-time last season.

Finally, The Racers Group is back at Long Beach after skipping Sebring in response to issues with the Continental tires at Daytona.  At the time, team owner Kevin Buckler told SportsCar365.com’s John Dagys that the Continentals were simply not suited for the task at hand.  His No. 991 Porsche finished tenth in class, but had four flats during the wet portion of the race.  For Long Beach, Wolf Henzler will be back in the seat, along with Jan Heylen.

The BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach will air live on FOX Apr. 8 at 4 p.m. EDT.

Entry List for the 2017 BUBBA Burger Sportscar Grand Prix of Long Beach

ClassTeamDriversCar
Prototype2 - Tequila Patron ESMRyan Dalziel
Scott Sharp
Nissan DPi
GT Le Mans3 - Corvette RacingAntonio Garcia
Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GT Le Mans4 - Corvette RacingOliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
Prototype5 - Action Express RacingJoao Barbosa
Christian Fittipaldi
Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Prototype10 - Wayne Taylor RacingJordan Taylor
Ricky Taylor
Cadillac DPi-V.R.
GT Daytona14 - 3GT RacingSage Karam
Scott Pruett
Lexus RC F GT3
GT Daytona15 - 3GT RacingRobert Alon
Jack Hawksworth
Lexus RC F GT3
GT Daytona16 - Change RacingJeroen Mul
Corey Lewis
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
Prototype22 - Tequila Patron ESMEd Brown
Johannes van Overbeek
Nissan DPi
GT Le Mans24 - BMW Team RLLJohn Edwards
Martin Tomczyk
BMW M6 GTLM
GT Le Mans25 - BMW Team RLLBill Auberlen
Alexander Sims
BMW M6 GTLM
GT Daytona28 - Alegra MotorsportsMichael Christensen
Daniel Morad
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Prototype31 - Action Express RacingDane Cameron
Eric Curran
Cadillac DPi-V.R.
GT Daytona33 - Riley MotorsportsJeroen Bleekemolen
Ben Keating
Mercedes-AMG GT3
GT Daytona48 - Paul Miller RacingBryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
GT Daytona50 - Riley Motorsports/WeatherTech RacingGunnar Jeannette
Cooper MacNeil
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Prototype52 - PR1/Mathiasen MotorsportsTom Kimber-Smith
William Owen
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
GT Daytona54 - CORE autosportJon Bennett
Colin Braun
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Prototype55 - Mazda MotorsportsJonathan Bomarito
Tristan Nunez
Mazda RT24-P
GT Daytona57 - Stevenson MotorsportsLawson Aschenbach
Andrew Davis
Audi R8 LMS GT3
GT Le Mans62 - Risi CompetizioneGiancarlo Fisichella
Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GTE
GT Daytona63 - Scuderia CorsaAlessandro Balzan
Christina Nielsen
Ferrari 488 GT3
GT Le Mans66 - Ford Chip Ganassi RacingJoey Hand
Dirk Müller
Ford GT
GT Le Mans67 - Ford Chip Ganassi RacingRyan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook
Ford GT
Prototype70 - Mazda MotorsportsTom Long
Joel Miller
Mazda RT24-P
GT Daytona73 - Park Place MotorsportsJörg Bergmeister
Patrick Lindsey
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona75 - SunEnergy1 RacingBoris Said
Tristan Vautier
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Prototype85 - JDC/Miller MotorsportsMikhail Goikhberg
Stephen Simpson
ORECA 07-Gibson
GT Daytona86 - Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianOswaldo Negri Jr.
Jeff Segal
Acura NSX GT3
Prototype90 - Visit Florida RacingMarc Goossens
Renger van der Zande
Riley Mk. 30-Gibson
GT Daytona93 - Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianAndy Lally
Katherine Legge
Acura NSX GT3
GT Daytona96 - Turner MotorsportBret Curtis
Jens Klingmann
BMW M6 GT3
GT Le Mans911 - Porsche GT TeamPatrick Pilet
Dirk Werner
Porsche 911 RSR
GT Le Mans912 - Porsche GT TeamKevin Estré
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR
GT Daytona991 - The Racers GroupWolf Henzler
Jan Heylen
Porsche 911 GT3 R
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