5 Favorites, 5 Sleepers For Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

LONG BEACH, Calif – So far this weekend, five drivers have really separated themselves from the pack as favorites for Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). While I can make a strong case for 10-15 drivers that could realistically win on Sunday, I went with five favorites and five sleepers. Here those are. 

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Pigot Quietly Having a Solid Weekend In Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – Want a good longshot winner for Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)? Look no further than Spencer Pigot. The Ed Carpenter Racing driver is due for a good result and I think that comes this weekend. So far, Pigot has been solid. He was 12th, 11th and seventh respectively in all three practices out of his No. 21 Chevrolet. He’s improving in every session. On top of that, Pigot has been improving all year too. 

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Andretti Autosport Duo Of Rossi, Hunter-Reay Backing Up Vendetta at Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – Heading into this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) both Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay had a vendetta against the track. Nothing against the track itself, as both drivers call the street course layout in Southern California one of their favorite stops on the schedule, but this year is all about taking back what they felt was theirs in 2017. See, last year, both Hunter-Reay and Rossi had shots to win the 2017 edition of the prestigious race. Instead, both saw…

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Honda’s, Past Winners Fastest In INDYCAR Practice on Friday in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – The Verizon IndyCar Series is back in action this weekend for the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). In preparation for Sunday 85 Lap race, the drivers and team had two practice sessions around the 1.968-mile Southern California street course on Friday to get up to speed. The story of the day, Honda’s speed. Honda’s have by far been the most dominant manufacturer out of the gates this season. They’ve won both poles and led 67-percent of the overall laps so…

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5 Storylines For Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

LONG BEACH, Calif – The start to the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season has been phenomenal. Parity has never been as high thus far. Thank the high level of competition. You can also thank the new car too. Right now, there’s really no real favorite to win this year’s championship yet. I can make a case for 12-15 drivers at the moment. Now, the attention is really going to ramp up with Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). Here are five storylines for this weekend’s…

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Carlin Hoping To Build On Improvements Each Week

LONG BEACH, Calif – Its hard to be the new team in any given racing series. For Carlin, the learning curve for them is steeper than normal. See, among the 10 Verizon IndyCar Series organizations this season, Carlin are the only ones that have never competed in any INDYCAR races prior to the 2018 season. Yes, both of their current drivers have past INDYCAR experience, but throw in a completely new car that you can’t take any previous notes or racing knowledge from previously on, and you have a team just…

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Veach Doing Everything Asked, Aiming For Top 10 Finish Sunday In Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – Zach Veach has a pair of 16th place finishes to start his 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. While most would consider that a ho-hum start, Veach and Andretti Autosport are pleased so far. See, expectations for this rookie class were aimed low. That’s not a slight at them, but with a new car and zero experience, it wouldn’t be fair to compare them to the veterans of the sport. For Veach, his goal with Andretti Autosport for 2018 was to complete as many laps as possible and…

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“Life Right Now In INDYCAR Is Pretty Good” Says Wickens Ahead of This Weekend’s Race In Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – If things went just slightly different for Robert Wickens, he’d be heading into Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the heels of two straight Verizon IndyCar Series victories. See, Wickens, led a race-high 69 of the 110 laps in the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete. That was a race that he even started on the pole at too. Not a bad debut for a driver making his first ever INDYCAR race. Wickens, was even leading on the final restart with two laps-to-go. …

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Will Rookies Shine This Weekend in Long Beach? The Speed Is There But The Finishes Haven’t Been

LONG BEACH, Calif – So far this season, the Verizon IndyCar Series rookie class has shown a lot of promise. The biggest reason to why though, as most will point out, is the fact that there’s a new car in the series this year. See, this new car is aiding in strongly in the rookies’ favor so far. That’s because everything anybody with any prior INDYCAR experience now has to retrain their brains and feet on how to drive these tracks again. This new car drives completely different than the old…

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Chip Ganassi Racing With a Chance To Star This Weekend in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) is a star studded prestigious event. It’s fitting that Hollywood isn’t too far from the famed Southern California street circuit. That’s why using the word “star” is a good adjective for how to describe what Chip Ganassi Racing could do in Sunday’s race. See, CGR has been very quiet this season so far. Neither Scott Dixon nor Ed Jones qualified inside the top 10 for a race yet. Both could be considered off their game…

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