Long Beach a Track That Holds a Special Place In Simon Pagenaud’s Heart

INDIANAPOLIS – After a second place finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener at St. Pete, Simon Pagenaud is now setting his sights on winning for a second consecutive year on the streets of Long Beach. But, it’s not just the fact that Pagenaud won in Long Beach last year, it’s how he did it. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is the longest running major “street” race held on the North American continent. It all started in 1975 and is still going today as the April 9 event…

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IndyCar Made Right Call on Pagenaud, But Decision Still Leads to Race Control Problems

INDIANAPOLIS – Are you noticing a trend yet? No matter who’s in charge of Race Control in the Verizon IndyCar Series, or no matter how many people that put in the decision making process, new people, former racers, former owners, former whatever, the calls within the series are still questionable. When the newly constructed race control staff was formed in the offseason, everyone thought this may be the right team to end the circus. But, after the controversy at Long Beach, they’re showing that maybe it’s something of a higher…

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Is It Time to Lengthen Long Beach IndyCar Race? Drivers Think So

LONG BEACH, Calif – After the checkered flag flew on the 42nd annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, several drivers spoke their displeasure with how today’s racing action went. It was nearly unanimous, the drivers thought a better downforce package was needed when they return to the 1.968-mile street circuit in 2017, as they also think another big change is needed. The length of the race. Most of the drivers feel the race needs to go beyond 80 Laps, as they think that will help make this race a…

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Near Perfect Weekend for Team Penske at Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – The top of the speed charts this weekend at Long Beach, was an all Team Penske stranglehold. From leading every practice session, to putting all four cars in the Firestone Fast Six in qualifying on Saturday, made today’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, theirs to lose. Well, they don’t lose very often, as Simon Pagenaud gave Penske a near perfect weekend as he cruised to his first victory since joining the team last year. Pagenaud and his teammate Helio Castroneves combined to lead 75 of…

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Late Race Pit Call Keeps Helio Castroneves Out of Victory Lane in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – It was looking like Helio Castroneves was going to cruise to his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory since Belle Isle of last year. Castroneves, started on the pole and led the first 30 Laps of Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and was cruising for max points this weekend. He had to pit for the first time of the day on the 30th lap as he regained the lead five laps later. The Brazilian would lead all the way until his final stop with 17…

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Simon Pagenaud Wins Record Setting Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – The majority of today’s record setting Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was ho-hum, but the ending was both controversial yet also thrilling. Simon Pagenaud held onto the lead late in Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at the 1.968-mile Long Beach street circuit, as he pitted for the final time on Lap 55. Pagenaud, stormed ahead of Scott Dixon out of the pits into Turn 1, and held onto the lead for the rest of the way, as the Team Penske driver cruised to his fifth…

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Montoya/Power Lead IndyCar Practice at Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – The Verizon IndyCar Series took to the 1.968-mile Long Beach street circuit on Friday for two practice sessions, as it was the second time in three races that the series has been on a temporary track. In the opening session, Juan Pablo Montoya led the way in his No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet as he turned a lap of 1:08.1290-seconds on Friday morning. Montoya, looks like he’s going to be a factor to win Sunday’s 42nd annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as he was…

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