The 2022 Long Beach Grand Prix has been on my mind a lot lately. Especially after this No. 9 Pfaff GT3R, which I photographed at last year’s installment, won its class at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona after a wild final couple of laps. The 2022 season is off to an awesome start.

  • Car: Pfaff Motorsports GTD Class Porsche 911 GT3R
  • Location: Southern California
  • Photog: Peter Nelson (Instagram)
  • Camera: Canon 6D, Canon EOS 35-70 Zoom

The action on the streets of Long Beach might not mirror what went down at Daytona, as strategy is quite a bit different. There’s far less room to pass on its bumpy streets, and it’s a sprint race instead of a whole friggin’ 24 hours. Long Beach is my favorite race on the calendar for a myriad of reasons, so I can’t wait to see how this year’s installment unfolds.

Plus, due to COVID delays, 2021’s installment happened way later in the year, whereas this year’s is set for when it usually goes down in early April. Two Long Beach GPs in less than a year? Yes, please!

Due to such a wild start to the season at Daytona, it seems like the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), its teams, and all of its fans are a bit more hyped than usual. Everyone’s rarin’ to get going and make 2022 one for the history books. Between car counts being quite strong across all classes and this general excitement, there’s so much to look forward to this year.