No Long Beach for Brass Monkey Racing

Brass Monkey Racing has elected to skip the third round of the SCCA Pro Racing Pirelli World Challenge Championship at Long Beach this weekend, with a return slated for its Nissan GT-R program two weeks later at Miller Motorsports Park, April 29-30.

With a limited amount of paddock space at Long Beach, the series capped the number of entries to the event. Following a tough season-opening weekend at St. Petersburg, Fla. March 25-27, Brass Monkey Racing was unable to meet the Long Beach deadline to commit its presence at the event.

“There were a number of reasons why we weren’t quite able to commit for Long Beach within the days following St. Petersburg,” Team Manager and driver Tony Rivera said. “We had the damage to my car and some handling and braking issues to solve in both cars. By the time we knew we’d be ready with at least one car for this week’s event, it was past the deadline.

“It’s obviously disappointing for the entire team. We know how popular the GT-Rs were in Southern California in 2010 and to miss this weekend is tough.”

Brass Monkey had mixed results at St. Pete, with Rivera crashing out on lap three of the first half of the weekend doubleheader and missing the second. Steve Ott had a solid run in Race One, scoring a sixth-place finish and Nissan’s first Manufacturers’ Points in World Challenge GT since 1994. Sunday’s race was a struggle for Ott, as he picked up some plastic debris in his grill, causing the car to overheat throughout the contest.

“Immediately following St. Pete, we did several days of testing and found a couple of critical issues that were really holding us back. We literally picked up three seconds from the way the car came off the track at St. Pete to the way it is now at our test track.”

Brass Monkey Racing will return to the Pirelli World Challenge for Round Four from Miller Motorsports Park, in Tooele, Utah, April 29-30.