Toyo Tires World Challenge at Long Beach Presented by Bondurant Round 3 race

Wittmer All the Way for Long Beach GT Win

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Kuno Wittmer, of Montreal, led flag-to-flag to claim victory at the Toyo Tires World Challenge at Long Beach Presented by Bondurant, the final race of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Dino Crescentini finished second.

Wittmer gave Dodge its first win of 2010. Mark Weber Image.

Wittmer’s race weekend was nearly perfect in the No. 13 Dodge Motorsports Dodge Viper, earning the pole with a new track record, and cruising to an 8.475-second margin of victory.

With a clear vision of the first turn from his front row starting position, Wittmer rocketed away from the standing start and had opened up over a full second lead on the first lap. That gap continued to grow, and at lap 16 was at 7.271 seconds.

Stout Youngest World Challenge Winner, Gives Scion First TC Win

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Robert Stout, of Brownsburg, Ind., won the Touring Car class race at the Toyo Tires World Challenge at Long Beach Presented by Bondurant. Eric Meyer, of Indianapolis, finished second.

Stout scored a big win for Scion in front of a “home” crowd. Mark Weber Image

Stout’s Touring Car win made him, at 18 years old, one month and 16 days, the youngest winner in World Challenge. The youngster started second in class in the No. 18 DG-Spec/Scion/TRD/Lucas Oil/Scion tC, but had grabbed the lead from polesitter Nick Wittmer by the first time past the line.

By lap seven, Stout’s lead was stretched to over 10 seconds and he raced to a 19.666-second margin of victory.

McQuarrie Gives Lotus Long Beach Win

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Tyler McQuarrie, of Walnut Creek, Calif., won the GTS class race of the Toyo Tires World Challenge at Long Beach Presented by Bondurant. Nick Esayian, of San Diego, Calif., was second.

McQuarrie won in his first World Challenge appearance. Mark Weber Image.

McQuarrie, making his World Challenge debut, cruised to a 49.535-second flag-to-flag victory in his No. 19 LPL/DRS/Switcars/LCS/Dayco/M&T Lotus Exige S.

Starting on pole, McQuarrie got a jump on the field on the first lap, aided in part by the poor luck of Peter Cunningham in the No. 43 Acura/RealTime Racing Acura TSX. Following contact with another car, Cunningham’s hood opened into the windshield of his Acura on lap one, forcing him into the pits that put him a lap down and ended any challenge the Series’ all-time wins leader could have given McQuarrie.


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