Porsche wins Long Beach Michelin Green X Challenge
The battles for victories in the “race within the race” for Prototype and GT class Michelin Green X Challenges were as close as on the fabled Long Beach circuit, but in the end, Porsche and a pair of northern California teams carried off both the GT and Prototype awards in America’s premier environmental motorsports competition.
Matching their performance here in 2009 by taking a hard fought victory on the track and a narrow win in the Michelin Green X Challenge, by going the furthest and fastest with the least environmental impact was the defending race and series champions, the Sonoma based Flying Lizard Porsche.
“It is unbelievable for us to not only win the Long Beach race but the Michelin Green X Challenge, as well, by being both efficient and green,” said Patrick Long, co-driver with Joerg Bergmeister of the GT category winning Flying Lizard Porsche. “We are proud to be with a series, a manufacturer and team that wants to lead the fight to show that it can be cool to be green and fast.”
Their victory marked the 13th time in 24 awards that the Michelin Green X Challenge winning car also won its respective class in the race.
Taking its first ever Michelin Green X Challenge award just one race after claiming the team’s first American Le Mans Series class victory was the Benicia, CA based Muscle Milk Team Cytosport Porsche RS Spyder prototype team.