GP of Long Beach weekend

GP of Long Beach weekend

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How it started…

Who’s driving this weekend:

Long Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Points Standings

Starting grid

Position Driver Points   Position Driver
1 Juan Pablo Montoya  84 1 Helio Castroneves
2 Helio Castroneves  74 2 Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Will Power  70 3 Scott Dixon
4 James Hinchcliffe  65 4 Ryan Hunter-Reay
5 Tony Kanaan  63 5 Simon Pagenaud
6 Simona de Silvestro  44 6 Josef Newgarden
7 James Jakes  43 7 Tony Kanaan
8 Graham Rahal 43 8 Graham Rahal
9 Luca Filippi  42 9 Sebastien Bourdais
10 Simon Pagenaud  41 10 Marco Andretti
11 Josef Newgarden  40 11 Sebastian Saavedra
12 Sebastien Bourdais  37 12 Carlos Munoz
13 Ryan Hunter-Reay  37 13 James Hinchcliffe
14 Marco Andretti 37 14 Luca Filippi
15 Scott Dixon  34 15 Charlie Kimball
16 Carlos Munoz  34 16 Jack Hawksworth
17 Jack Hawksworth  31 17 Gabby Chavez (R)
18 Gabby Chavez (R)  28 18 Will Power
19 Charlie Kimball  25 19 James Jakes
20 Takuma Sato  25 20 Takuma Sato
21 Stefano Coletti  23 21 Conor Daly
22 Sage Karam 23 22 Francesco Dracone
23 Carlos Huertas 20 23 Stefano Coletti
24 Francesco Dracone 14

  …how it ended…

Race results

Points standings

Position Driver   Position Driver Points
1 Scott Dixon 1 Juan Pablo Montoya 119
2 Helio Castroneves 2 Helio Castroneves  116
3 Juan Pablo Montoya 3 Tony Kanaan 93
  4 Simon Pagenaud 4 Scott Dixon 87
5 Tony Kanaan 5 James Hinchcliffe 83
6 Sebastien Bourdais 6 Will Power 80
7 Josef Newgarden 7 Simon Pagenaud 73
8 Marco Andretti 8 Sebastien Bourdais 66
9 Carlos Munoz 9 Josef Newgarden  66
10 Sebastian Saavedra 10 Graham Rahal 62
11 Graham Rahal 11 Marco Andretti  61
12 James Hinchcliffe 12 Carlos Munoz  56
13 Ryan Hunter-Reay 13 James Jakes 54
14 Jack Hawksworth 14 Ryan Hunter-Reay 51
15 Charlie Kimball 15 Luca Filippi 50
16 Gabby Chavez (R) 16 Jack Hawksworth 48
17 Conor Daly 17 Simona de Silvestro  44
18 Takuma Sato 18 Gabby Chavez (R) 42
19 James Jakes 19 Charlie Kimball 40
20 Will Power 20 Takuma Sato 37
21 Francesco Dracone (R) 21 Stefano Coletti  30
22 Luca Filippi 22 Sage Karam 23
 23 Stefano Coletti (R) 23 Francesco Dracone 23
24 Carlos Huertas 20
25 Sebastian Saavedra 20
26 Conor Daly 13

 …and all the stuff in between…

Musical chairs: At Ganassi, Sebastian Saavedra piloted the seat that belonged to Sage Karam alone until this weekend. It’ll mainly be Sage in the car the rest of the year, but Sebastian will race in May and at the season finale in Sonoma. At Coyne, Carlos Huertas was out of the seat for Rocky Moran, Jr. And just when the ink dried on that change, Moran broke his thumb in a practice incident and Conor Daly was tapped last-minute to take over the ride.

Carnage, avoided: After the messy start at St. Pete and NOLA, the drivers met and discussed how important it was to have a good clean race. Not only was this Long Beach, the 2nd most important race on the schedule, but aero kit parts are still at a premium. Lo and behold, we had a great deal of green flag time. They can do it if they try… 😉

Successful event: On top of the (usual) sunshine and celebrities galore, this weekend’s race boasted the largest attendance figures in 15 years. There were questions about how the event could continue a few years back, but the Roar on the Shore looks healthy and strong at the moment.

First-timer: Hard to believe, but this is the first time Scott Dixon has won at Long Beach. This trophy will take a special place in his vast collection, and shines his status as one of the best ever to pilot an IndyCar.