Photo by John Thawley Just two races into his inaugural American Le Mans Series season, Tim Pappas is having a blast. His Team Trans Sport, based out of Miami, has run competitively in its first pair of outings with a Yokohama-shod Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in GT2. Given the depth and experience of the class, Pappas says his team's approach is quite different from most.

"One of the things we set out to do was working with the 911 RSR package as it comes from Porsche rather than doing what a lot of people are doing here in that doing a lot of work on development," Pappas said Thursday in Long Beach. "We decided we would develop the team from the inside out instead of throwing away all the pieces and trying to outfox the next guy. Our car is completely stock as it comes from Porsche."

Pappas will team with sports car ace Terry Borcheller for Saturday's Grand Prix of Long Beach, as he will for the remainder of the season.

"The idea with Team Trans Sport when we started this is that it's a team out of Miami with two American drivers," the Boston real estate developer said. "We're out here to show that you can be competitive on a reasonable budget, have a great time racing. You don't need to import racers from Germany or Italy or Brazil to be competitive in this field. There are a lot of great American sports car drivers and we're glad to be a part of it."

The Grand Prix of Long Beach, Round 3 of the 2007 American Le Mans Series, is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 14. SPEED will provide same-day broadcast coverage from 8 to 10:30 p.m. ET. MotorsTV in Europe, SPEED Latin America and 7TV in Russia will carry the race live. American Le Mans Radio and IMSA's Live Timing & Scoring will be available at

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