Long Beach, California, USA – Nissan-power has climbed the podium for the second race in succession in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel finishing second at the Long Beach Grand Prix.
The result mirrors their same finish from last year where the American/Scottish duo scored Nissan’s first prototype podium of the Daytona Prototype International era.
Despite only qualifying eighth, a strong first stint from Sharp followed by a quick pit stop in the 100-minute race put Dalziel back on track in fourth place.
After a final splash for fuel, Dalziel set chase after the Acura of Ricky Taylor, and after a safety car with 22 minutes to go, the Scotsman pounced on the restart to grab second place.
He was also closing on the race leader only to make a small error late in the race.
“Second place two years in a row! It was a bit tougher this year than last year, but we had a great car, and an unbelievably good pit stop,” Dalziel said.
“The guys nailed it, and we gained a bunch of places. It was such a great race car. I made a small mistake, which so many of us did with all the marbles out there. Second place was a good day. It was a rough one for the No. 22 car, so we’ll take it.”
After starting ninth, the No. 22 Nissan Onroak DPi of Johannes van Overbeek and Pipo Derani fell victim to a random stroke of misfortune.
Debris from another car struck hit an external button on the car that the FIA requires in case a car is stalled on course and needs to be shifted into neutral by a corner marshal. The team initially suspected the car had a transmission problem before discovering the issue post-race.
In other prototype action, GT Academy ace Ricardo Sanchez finished seventh in his Michelin Le Mans Cup debut at Circuit Paul Ricard while the RLR MSport team took the victory in the LM P3 class in the opening round of this year’s European Le Mans Series – also at Circuit Paul Ricard.