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IZOD IndyCar Series - Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Preview

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DATE: Sunday, April 21
SITE: Streets of Long Beach -- Long Beach, Calif.
TRACK: 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit
ANNUAL: 39th
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
RADIO: IMS Radio Network
START TIME: 4:45 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, April 20/5 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Will Power
RUNNER-UP: Simon Pagenaud
POLE WINNER: Ryan Briscoe (finished 7)
LAPS: 80
MILES: 157.4
QUALIFYING RECORD: Justin Wilson, 2008 (105.898 mph)
RACE RECORD: Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2010 (93.619 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Will Power126Ryan Hunter-Reay13
2Simon Pagenaud47Ryan Briscoe1
3James Hinchcliffe168Takuma Sato6
4Tony Kanaan199Rubens Barrichello22
5J.R. Hildebrand2010Justin Wilson3
2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 88.021 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 54 mins., 1.6082 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.8675 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 12 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ryan Briscoe (103.264 mph)
FASTEST LAP: Tony Kanaan, 102.154 mph, Lap 73
Past Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Will Power (12) -- Dallara Chevrolet -- 88.021 mph
2011 -- Mike Conway (3) -- Dallara-Honda -- 88.676 mph
2010 -- Ryan Hunter-Reay (2) -- Dallara-Honda -- 93.619 mph
2009 -- Dario Franchitti (2) -- Dallara-Honda -- 84.491 mph
2008 -- Will Power (4) -- Cosworth -- 92.964 mph
2007 -- Sebastien Bourdais (1) -- Cosworth -- 91.432 mph
2006 -- Sebastien Bourdais (1) -- Ford/Lola -- 87.268 mph
2005 -- Sebastien Bourdais (4) -- Ford/Lola -- 89.811 mph
2004 -- Paul Tracy (3) -- Ford/Lola -- 91.785 mph
2003 -- Paul Tracy (2) -- Ford/Lola -- 91.590 mph
2002 -- Michael Andretti (15) -- Honda/Reynard -- 86.935 mph
2001 -- Helio Castroneves (1) -- Honda/Reynard -- 86.223 mph
2000 -- Paul Tracy (17) -- Honda/Reynard -- 82.626 mph
1999 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (5) -- Honda/Reynard -- 87.915 mph
1998 -- Alex Zanardi (11) -- Honda/Reynard -- 88.946 mph
1997 -- Alex Zanardi (2) -- Honda/Reynard -- 93.999 mph
1996 -- Jimmy Vasser (3) -- Honda/Reynard -- 96.039 mph
1995 -- Al Unser Jr (4) -- IllmrMB/Penske -- 91.212 mph
1994 -- Al Unser Jr (2) -- IllmrMB/Penske -- 99.034 mph
1993 -- Paul Tracy (2) -- ChevyC/Penske -- 92.855 mph
1992 -- Danny Sullivan (2) -- ChevyA/Galmer -- 91.714 mph
1991 -- Al Unser Jr (2) -- ChevyA/Lola -- 81.197 mph
1990 -- Al Unser Jr (1) -- ChevyA/Lola -- 84.227 mph
1989 -- Al Unser Jr (1) -- ChevyA/Lola -- 85.503 mph
1988 -- Al Unser Jr (4) -- ChevyA/March 88c -- 83.665 mph
1987 -- Mario Andretti (1) -- ChevyA/Lola -- 85.330 mph
1986 -- Michael Andretti (7) -- CoswTC/Mach 85 -- 80.965 mph
1985 -- Mario Andretti (1) -- Cosworth/Lola -- 87.694 mph
1984 -- Mario Andretti (1) -- Cosworth/Lola -- 82.898 mph
1983 -- John Watson (22) -- McLaren Ford -- 80.625 mph
1982 -- Niki Lauda (2) -- McLaren Ford -- 81.4 mph
1981 -- Alan Jones (2) -- Albilad Williams -- 87.8 mph
1980 -- Nelson Piquet (1) -- Parmalat/Brabham -- 88.47 mph
1979 -- Gilles Villeneuve (1) -- Ferrari -- 87.808 mph
1978 -- Carlos Reutemann (1) -- Ferrari -- 87.096 mph
1977 -- Mario Andretti (2) Lotus Ford -- 86.889 mph
1976 -- Clay Regazzoni (1) -- Ferrari -- 85.572 mph
1975 -- Brian Redman (2) -- Lola -- 86.325 mph
 
NOTE: Formula 5000 race (1975), Formula One from 1976-83, CART/Champ Car from
1984-2008.
 
Past Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Ryan Briscoe -- 7
2011 -- Will Power -- 10
2010 -- Will Power -- 3
2009 -- Will Power -- 2
2008 -- Justin Wilson -- 19
2007 -- Sebastien Bourdais -- 1
2006 -- Sebastien Bourdais -- 1
2005 -- Paul Tracy -- 2
2004 -- Bruno Junqueira -- 2
2003 -- Michel Jourdain -- 15
2002 -- Jimmy Vasser -- 2
2001 -- Helio Castroneves -- 1
2000 -- Gil de Ferran -- 7
1999 -- Tony Kanaan -- 22
1998 -- Bryan Herta -- 3
1997 -- Gil de Ferran -- 21
1996 -- Gil de Ferran -- 5
1995 -- Michael Andretti -- 9
1994 -- Paul Tracy -- 20
1993 -- Nigel Mansell -- 3
1992 -- Michael Andretti -- 16
1991 -- Michael Andretti -- 16
1990 -- Al Unser Jr -- 1
1989 -- Al Unser Jr -- 1
1988 -- Danny Sullivan -- 13
1987 -- Mario Andretti -- 1
1986 -- Danny Sullivan -- 11
1985 -- Mario Andretti -- 1
1984 -- Mario Andretti -- 1
1983 -- Patrick Tambay -- 22
1982 -- Andrea de Cesaris -- 13
1981 -- Riccardo Patrese -- 17
1980 -- Nelson Piquet -- 1
1979 -- Gilles Villeneuve -- 1
1978 -- Carlos Reutemann -- 1
1977 -- Niki Lauda -- 2
1976 -- Clay Regazzoni -- 1
1975 -- Mario Andretti -- 13
Last Race Results
RACE: Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (April 7)
SITE: Barber Motorsports Park -- Birmingham, Ala.
MILES: 214.2
LAPS: 90
WINNER: Ryan Hunter-Reay
RUNNER-UP: Scott Dixon
THIRD: Helio Castroneves
FOURTH: Charlie Kimball
FIFTH: Will Power
POLE WINNER: Ryan Hunter-Reay (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 52 mins., 4.5450 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 110.818 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.6363 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 1 for 4 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Ryan Hunter-Reay 1-26; Will Power 27-30; Hunter-Reay 31-42;
Charlie Kimball 43-45; Power 46-50; Helio Castroneves 51-75;
Hunter-Reay 76-90.
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)DHL/Andretti Autosport
2A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Penske Automotive/Team Penske
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Auto Club/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM
6Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia)Dragon Racing
7Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France)Dragon Racing
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Edinburgh,Scotland)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)Hydroxycut/KV Racing Technology
12 *Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Enterprises
15Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Midas/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
16James Jakes (Leeds, England)Acorn Stairlifts/RLL Racing
17Mike Conway (Bromley, England)Blue eCigs/Rahal Letterman Lanigan
18Ana Beatriz (Sao Paul, Brazil)Ipiranga/Dale Coyne Racing
19Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Dale Coyne Racing
20Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing
22Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
25Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)RC Cola/Andretti Autosport
27James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
55Tristan Vautier (Corenc, France)Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
67Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN)Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France)Schmidt-Hamilton HP Motorsports
78Simona de Silvestro (Thun, Switzer.)Nuclear Entergy Areva/KVRT
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)NovoLog/Chip Ganassi Rac
98Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, QB, Canada)Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autospt
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Will Power------93Won2310Won
Scott Dixon---------------154182
Helio Castroneves---------------77123
Graham Rahal---------------1222134
Simon Pagenaud------------------------5
James Hinchcliffe---------------------46
Mike Conway---------------2110Won7
Dario Franchitti---------------Won12310
Marco Andretti---------------6142611
Ryan Hunter-Reay712---------11Won2312
Tony Kanaan---------------35821
 
Mover of the Week
Josef Newgarden - started 22 and finished 9
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Helio Castroneves
Last Week's Pick to Win (Will Power) - finished 5
 
NOTES:
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. is the third race on the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.

Long Beach has hosted an IndyCar race each year since 1984. From 1984-2003, this event was sanctioned by CART and then Champ Car from 2004-08. INDYCAR, formerly known as the Indy Racing League, has sanctioned the race since 2009.

Al Unser Jr. has the most wins at Long Beach with six (1988, '89, '90, '91, '94 and '95).

Will Power is the defending race winner. Power qualified second but received a 10-grid position penalty for an engine change. The Team Penske driver conserved enough fuel in the late stages, driving the final 21 laps without pitting. Then-rookie Simon Pagenaud held the lead before he had to pit for the final time with 11 laps to go, allowing Power to take over the top spot. He beat Pagenaud to the finish line by just under a second.

Power leads all active drivers with three poles at Long Beach. He has won the pole in three of the last four races there. Power's first victory at this street circuit came in 2008 when Champ Car ran its final race ever before unification with the IRL.

Mike Conway claimed his first career IndyCar victory at Long Beach on April 17 2011. Conway drove for Andretti Autosport at the time. He secured a ride for this year's Long Beach race, driving the No. 17 car for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

The next IndyCar race is the May 5 Sao Paulo 300 on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Power won last year's event there.

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