LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 23, 2013)- Headed in to his home race on the heels of a fantastic second place in Sebring, Brian Wong added to his tally of American Le Mans Series (ALMS) podiums with a fantastic third place at the 39th Annual Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Wong, from nearby Newport Beach, California was recently announced to drive for the second time with the prestigious Flying Lizard Motosports organization. Driving at his home circuit for the second time as well, the opportunity to drive with one of the most recognized teams in all of GT racing gave the Californian his best chance yet at victory.
“It was great to return with Flying Lizard this weekend,” stated Wong. “We came very close to winning at Sebring, and you know every time you come to the track you’ll be getting the best prepared car possible. Dion was a great teammate, and overall I’m happy with third.”
Teaming with Dion von Moltke, who so far in 2013 has amassed victories at both The Rolex 24 at Daytona as well as 12 Hours of Sebring, the duo came in primed for top results on the weekend.
For Wong, who was under an extra amount of attention from local media based on his heritage as the first Chinese-American to score multiple podiums in ALMS competition, the need to deliver for local sponsors was more prominent than ever. Most notably, Wong was partnered with World Stage Racing, a motorsport organization designed to bridge the gap between Chinese and American businesses through the platform of motorsports.
Starting seventh in the no. 44 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Wong drove a remarkable opening stint. Gaining two spots on the opening lap alone, Brian weaved his way impressively through a continuing series of green flag and caution periods, eventually passing teammate Nelson Canache to get his machine in second place.
Taking advantage of an opportune yellow, Wong pulled his Porsche in to a crowded pit with perfect precision, handing the car over to von Moltke who would drive the remainder of the race. Not putting a foot wrong, von Moltke held ground in second before giving way to a hard charging teammate in Spencer Pumpelly, eventually settling for third.
Taking his second consecutive podium in 2013, Wong’s future plans remain to be determined, but the likeable driver remains optimistic.
“It’s tough to say what’s next, but I’ve had a great start to the season,” stated Wong. “Everyone at Flying Lizard has done a great job to give me a solid car and competitive teammates, and it’s shown so far. I’m optimistic for the rest of the year, but as always sponsorship is a big factor. It was great to have so many local friends around, and I really appreciate World Stage Racing being so supportive.”
For the future plans of both Brian Wong and World Stage Racing, be sure to stay tuned in toworldstageracing.com.