Sebring, Fl (March 17, 2013) – Following a fairly trouble-free run during yesterday’s 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Brian Wong has added to his tally of American Le Mans Series (ALMS) trophies by taking a well-earned second place.
Driving for the prestigious Flying Lizard Motorsports organization, Wong, the first ever Chinese-American to earn a podium in ALMS competition, joined the no. 45 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup as part of one of the more formidable three-driver lineups in the GT-Challenge (GTC) category. Joined by teammates Spencer Pumpelly, a multi-time winner in the class, and Nelson Canache, the most recent winner of The Rolex 24 at Daytona, the trio came in to the race with high hopes. With Pumpelly qualifying the car in fourth, the team knew that smart strategy combined with mistake-free runs would be the key to a successful 12-hour race.
Sebring, Fl (March 15, 2013) - Following teammate Spencer Pumpelly’s strong drive to grid fourth for tomorrow’s 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Brian Wong will join the prolific Flying Lizard Motorsports organization with his strongest chance yet of victory.
Wong, from Newport Beach, California, will be running in his first race with the team. The winner of two ALMS GT Team Championships, three Driver’s Championships, and over a decade of experience, Flying Lizard is providing Wong’s best chance to date to become the first ever Asian-American to win in the series. Teaming with drivers’ Pumpelly, a two-time winner at The Rolex 24 at Daytona, and Nelson Canache, who recently took his maiden victory at Daytona as well, Wong has high aspirations for tomorrow’s event.
Whoever says Asians can’t drive will have to put a sock in it thanks to professional NASCAR racer Brian Wong. Get this: Brian is the first Asian American to be in this sport professionally. He has competed in various prestigious races throughout the world, including the most recent 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona. This extremely strenuous race lasts 24 hours and is held at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. We started off our day with tacos followed by a delightful rendezvous with Brian’s father (hilarious and downright awesome), his close friends, and his marketing team. Read on as OA fills you in on how Brian broke into this unique industry as he shares the struggles and triumphs he has faced during his journey to fulfill his dreams.
October 14-16 2011, Laguna Seca, CA
After ten grueling hours in the season finale of the American Le Mans Series, Brian and Alex Job Racing captured a long anticipated podium finish, but not without the season long drama that has plagued the #23 car.
The high expectations at the season finale of the American Le Mans Series at the Road America circuit, proved Alex Job Racing drivers Brian Wong, Leh Keen, and Bill Sweedler could have a successful podium finish. The first part of the weekend, the #23 Battery Tender/ Alex Job Racing Porsche was at the top of the speed charts in all four practices. Despite being the slowest of the six classes, 55 other cars entered in Petit Le Mans, all three drivers avoided any issues on track. For the qualifying session, Keen was in the drivers seat. The GTC competition proved to be tough; all six GTC car qualified just hundredths of a second apart. Keen put the #23 Battery Tender/ Alex Job Racing Porsche in the fourth starting position for the ten hours of Petit Le Mans.
The season finale of the Porsche series, the Pirelli Drivers Cup came to a close with two final rounds at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
While in town for the SEMA convention and performing duties for Discount Tire ride-a-longs, Brian Wong returned to the series where his Porsche GT3 sports car roots began in the Pirelli Drivers Cup USA. The first on-track practice session was held late Friday afternoon. Driving the #23 World Stage Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car, Brian Wong was third fastest in the first practice. Early evening rain came, canceling the remaining practice of the day before qualifying on Saturday. Comfortable with the track and the Pirelli Drivers Cup series, Brian Wong posted the second fastest time in qualifying late afternoon on Saturday. At the green flag for round 11, Brian Wong got a great start on the first place car, passing for the lead in turn two and never looking back. Forty-five minutes later, Brian Wong, in the #23 World Stage Racing Porsche GT3, lead the field to the checker flag, taking first in round 11.