Kimball Gives Carlin Racing Their 1st INDYCAR Top 10 Finish On Sunday In Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – Carlin Racing saw the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season as potential. With 10 different organizations competing in the series this season, they were the only ones with zero past experience. With a new car this year, they felt they just needed to get their feet wet. Improvement each race would be the key for future success. Well, after three races, they already have a top 10 finish. 

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Tony Kanaan Another Solid Top 10 Finish For AJ Foyt Racing

LONG BEACH, Calif – Its now been five long years since AJ Foyt Racing has gone to victory lane in a Verizon IndyCar Series race. The last time was Takuma Sato at Long Beach in 2013. While they weren’t thinking win on Sunday, a top 10 finish is just what the doctor ordered. The team is rebuilding still. This year they brought in two new drivers for a second straight season. The last three years saw a new engineering department and six new drivers for the organization. 2018 was about growth.…

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Solid Runs Out of Veach, Andretti On Sunday In Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – Andretti Autosport should have had all four cars finish in the top seven in Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Instead, they had three in the top six. They’ll take it though. Alexander Rossi led all but 14 laps in the race en route to the dominating win. But, two other drivers have momentum changing days. 

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After 1st Lap, 1st Turn Crash, It’s A Rough Start To The 2018 Season For Pagenaud

LONG BEACH, Calif – The last two weeks, Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud had race winning cars. Unfortunately, he has zero top five finishes to show for it. In Phoenix, Pagenaud had a bad first pit stop as he entered pit road in the top three. He’d exit 12th. The Frenchman would never be able to make up for it as he’d finish 10th as a result. On Sunday in Long Beach, the 2016 race winner started third and made a great move on the drop of the green flag to…

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Bad Luck All Weekend For Hunter-Reay In 20th Place Finish

LONG BEACH, Calif – If Ryan Hunter-Reay didn’t have bad luck, he’d have no luck at all. After two straight fifth place finishes to start the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series off, Hunter-Reay had high hopes for this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Instead, he leaves with a disappointing day. “For us on the No. 28, it was a complete nightmare of a day,” Hunter-Reay said after the race. “We had a damaged front wing on the start, came in for a wing change, went to the back and made…

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Dixon, Bourdais and Newgarden Wait Too Long On Final Pit Sequence

LONG BEACH, Calif – Pit sequences can make or break race strategies. Sometimes, cautions could fly in the middle of a pit sequence, making the race change completely. That happened on Sunday in Long Beach. See, Alexander Rossi wasn’t going to allow pit strategy to cost him a win. He pit early on in each pit window. Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon tried to stretch their fuel too long. Zachary Claman DeMelo crashed on the 1.968-mile street circuit on Lap 59, bringing out the third caution in Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix…

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Rahal Claws Back For Top 5 Finish In Long Beach, Improved In Every Session

LONG BEACH, Calif – It was rough start to Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for Graham Rahal. He got into the back of Simon Pagenaud in the first corner on the opening lap, causing Pagenaud to crash and his day end with a 24th place effort. Rahal, was consequentially penalized for avoidable contact and dropped from the top five to outside the top 20 in the running order. The rest of the 85 Lap race, he’d slowly battle back. In the end, Rahal brought his No. 15 Honda home…

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Ed Jones Lands Podium Finish Sunday In Long Beach, Quietly Impressing In 2018

LONG BEACH, Calif – I said it back in October when Chip Ganassi Racing hired Ed Jones to replace Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 Honda, that this was a championship winning move. It may not happen in 2018, but it wouldn’t take long. So far, Jones is exceeding expectations. If not for a crash with 21 laps-to-go last Saturday night in Phoenix, Jones would be heading to Barber next weekend on the heels of two straight podium finishes and three top 10 results in three tries.

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Rossi Dominates Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – Alexander Rossi told me a few weeks ago that he was going to Long Beach to take back what was his. See, last year, the California native said that he should have won. Instead, he engine blew late in the race. This year, after having two straight podiums to start the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season off with, and only one finish outside the top six since last July, he felt that this weekend would be redemption for how 2017’s race went. Boy was he right. 

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