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IZOD IndyCar Series - Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Preview

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DATE: Sunday, April 17th
SITE: Streets of Long Beach -- Long Beach, California
TRACK: 1.97-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit
ANNUAL: 37th (3rd for IndyCar)
TELEVISION: Versus
ANNOUNCERS: Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Wally Dallenbach
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 4:15 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Ryan Hunter-Reay
RUNNER-UP: Justin Wilson
POLE WINNER: Will Power (Finished 3rd)
LAPS: 85
MILES: 167.28
QUALIFYING RECORD: Sebastien Bourdais, 2006 (105.924 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2010 (93.619 m.p.h.)
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Ryan Hunter-Reay26Mario Moraes15
2Justin Wilson37Helio Castroneves4
3Will Power18Ryan Briscoe5
4Scott Dixon89Dan Wheldon10
5Tony Kanaan610Mike Conway16
2010 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 93.619 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 47 minutes, 12.5404 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 5.6031 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 1 for 5 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 5 among 3 drivers
POLE WINNER: Will Power (102.206 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Ryan Hunter-Reay, 100.417 m.p.h., Lap 37
Past Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Ryan Hunter-Reay (2nd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 93.619 m.p.h. (race record)
2009 -- Dario Franchitti (2nd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 84.491 m.p.h.
2008 -- Will Power (4th) -- Cosworth -- 92.964 m.p.h.
2007 -- Sebastien Bourdais (1st) -- Cosworth -- 91.432 m.p.h.
2006 -- Sebastien Bourdais (1st) -- Ford/Lola -- 87.268 m.p.h.
2005 -- Sebastien Bourdais (4th) -- Ford/Lola -- 89.811 m.p.h.
2004 -- Paul Tracy (3rd) -- Ford/Lola -- 91.785 m.p.h.
2003 -- Paul Tracy (2nd) -- Ford/Lola -- 91.590 m.p.h.
2002 -- Michael Andretti (15th) -- Honda/Reynard -- 86.935 m.p.h.
2001 -- Helio Castroneves (1st) -- Honda/Reynard -- 86.223 m.p.h.
2000 -- Paul Tracy (17th) -- Honda/Reynard -- 82.626 m.p.h.
1999 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (5th) -- Honda/Reynard -- 87.915 m.p.h.
1998 -- Alex Zanardi (11th) -- Honda/Reynard -- 88.946 m.p.h.
1997 -- Alex Zanardi (2nd) -- Honda/Reynard -- 93.999 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jimmy Vasser (3rd) -- Honda/Reynard -- 96.039 m.p.h.
1995 -- Al Unser Jr (4th) -- IllmrMB/Penske -- 91.212 m.p.h.
1994 -- Al Unser Jr (2nd) -- IllmrMB/Penske -- 99.034 m.p.h.
1993 -- Paul Tracy (2nd) -- ChevyC/Penske -- 92.855 m.p.h.
1992 -- Danny Sullivan (2nd) -- ChevyA/Galmer -- 91.714 m.p.h.
1991 -- Al Unser Jr (2nd) -- ChevyA/Lola -- 81.197 m.p.h.
1990 -- Al Unser Jr (1st) -- ChevyA/Lola -- 84.227 m.p.h.
1989 -- Al Unser Jr (1st) -- ChevyA/Lola -- 85.503 m.p.h.
1988 -- Al Unser Jr (4th) -- ChevyA/March 88c -- 83.665 m.p.h.
1987 -- Mario Andretti (1st) -- ChevyA/Lola -- 85.330 m.p.h.
1986 -- Michael Andretti (7th) -- CoswTC/Mach 85 -- 80.965 m.p.h.
1985 -- Mario Andretti (1st) -- Cosworth/Lola -- 87.694 m.p.h.
1984 -- Mario Andretti (1st) -- Cosworth/Lola -- 82.898 m.p.h.
1983 -- John Watson (22nd) -- McLaren Ford -- 80.625 m.p.h.
1982 -- Niki Lauda (2nd) -- McLaren Ford -- 81.4 m.p.h.
1981 -- Alan Jones (2nd) -- Albilad Williams -- 87.8 m.p.h.
1980 -- Nelson Piquet (1st) -- Parmalat/Brabham -- 88.47 m.p.h.
1979 -- Gilles Villeneuve (1st) -- Ferrari -- 87.808 m.p.h.
1978 -- Carlos Reutemann (1st) -- Ferrari -- 87.096 m.p.h.
1977 -- Mario Andretti (2nd) Lotus Ford -- 86.889 m.p.h.
1976 -- Clay Regazzoni (1st) -- Ferrari -- 85.572 m.p.h.
1975 -- Brian Redman (2nd) -- Lola -- 86.325 m.p.h.
 
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)
2010 -- Will Power -- 3rd
2009 -- Will Power -- 2nd
2008 -- Justin Wilson -- 19th
2007 -- Sebastien Bourdais -- 1st
2006 -- Sebastien Bourdais -- 1st
2005 -- Paul Tracy -- 2nd
2004 -- Bruno Junqueira -- 2nd
2003 -- Michel Jourdain -- 15th
2002 -- Jimmy Vasser -- 2nd
2001 -- Helio Castroneves -- 1st
2000 -- Gil de Ferran -- 7th
1999 -- Tony Kanaan -- 22nd
1998 -- Bryan Herta -- 3rd
1997 -- Gil de Ferran -- 21st
1996 -- Gil de Ferran -- 5th
1995 -- Michael Andretti -- 9th
1994 -- Paul Tracy -- 20th
1993 -- Nigel Mansell -- 3rd
1992 -- Michael Andretti -- 16th
1991 -- Michael Andretti -- 16th
1990 -- Al Unser Jr -- 1st
1989 -- Al Unser Jr -- 1st
1988 -- Danny Sullivan -- 13th
1987 -- Mario Andretti -- 1st
1986 -- Danny Sullivan -- 11th
1985 -- Mario Andretti -- 1st
1984 -- Mario Andretti -- 1st
1983 -- Patrick Tambay -- 22nd
1982 -- Andrea de Cesaris -- 13th
1981 -- Riccardo Patrese -- 17th
1980 -- Nelson Piquet -- 1st
1979 -- Gilles Villeneuve -- 1st
1978 -- Carlos Reutemann -- 1st
1977 -- Niki Lauda -- 2nd
1976 -- Clay Regazzoni -- 1st
1975 -- Mario Andretti -- 13th
Last Race Results
RACE: Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (April 10th)
SITE: Barber Motorsports Park -- Birmingham, Alabama
MILES: 214.2
LAPS: 90
WINNER: Will Power
RUNNER-UP: Scott Dixon
THIRD: Dario Franchitti
FOURTH: Marco Andretti
FIFTH: Oriol Servia
POLE WINNER: Will Power (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 14 minutes, 42.9523 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 92.194 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.3828 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 20 laps
LEAD CHANGES: No Lead Changes
LAP LEADERS: Will Power
1-90.
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Newman-Haas Racing
06James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)Newman-Haas Racing
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brz)Guidepoint systems/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)KV Racing Technology-Lotus
6Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)IZOD/PPG/Team Penske
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
8Paul Tracy (Scarborough, Canada)Dragon Racing
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon Wireless/Team Penske
14Vitor Meira (Brasilia, Brazil)ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
17Raphael Matos (Brazil)Automatic Fire Sprinklers/AFS Racing
18Jamie Jakes (Leeds, England)Acorn Stairlifts/Dale Coyne Racing
19Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans,France)Boy Scouts of America/Dale Coyne Rac
22Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Z-Line Designs/Dreyer&ReinboldRacing
24Ana Beatriz (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)Venom Energy/Andretti Autosport
27Mike Conway (Bromley, England)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
28 *Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL)DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
36Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota,Colombia)Conquest Racing
38Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
59E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)Lotus Cars/PDVSA/KVRT-Lotus
77Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Bowers & Wilkins/Sam Schmidt Motor.
78Simona de Silvestro (Switzerland)Nuclear Clean Air Energy/HVM Racing
82Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)GEICO/KV Racing Technology-Lotus
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)Novo Nordisk/Chip Ganassi Racing
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Ryan Hunter-Reay---7th7th12th---------11thWon
Justin Wilson------6th4th2nd4th19th22nd2nd
Will Power------------9th3rdWon2nd3rd
Scott Dixon18th------------------15th4th
Tony Kanaan20th------------------3rd5th
Helio Castroneves---------------------7th7th
Ryan Briscoe---------------------13th8th
Dario Franchitti9th------------------Won12th
Marco Andretti---------------------6th14th
Danica Patrick---------------------4th16th
Alex Tagliani16th10th8th15th3rd5th7th10th21st
Graham Rahal---------------------12th22nd
Oriol Servia---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Tony Kanaan - Started 24th on the grid and finished 6th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Will Power
Darkhorse - Takuma Sato
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dario Franchitti) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (E.J. Viso) - Finished 23rd.
 
NOTES:
Ryan Hunter-Reay claimed his second career IZOD IndyCar Series win with a dominating performance in last year's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Hunter-Reay capitalized on a miscue by pole-sitter Will Power early in the race. Power led the first 16 laps, but relinquished the top position to Hunter-Reay when he accidentally activated his pit lane rev limiter and therefore slowed the car as he exited the 11th and final turn on the 1.968- mile Long Beach street circuit.

The 30-year-old Hunter-Reay led 64 of 85 laps and finished 5.6 seconds ahead of Justin Wilson. His first IndyCar win came in July 2008 on the Watkins Glen, NY road course.

Hunter-Reay has struggled out of the gate this year, failing to crack the top-10 in the opening two races of the season.

With his win in the 2009 running of this race, Dario Franchitti helped propel himself to the series championship. Franchitti, the 2007 and '09 IndyCar champion, outlasted pole sitter Will Power by over three seconds to register the win. He dominated the race by leading 51 of 85 laps, but two key pit stops helped him score his first victory since joining Chip Ganassi Racing.

In 2008, Power took the checkered flag in Long Beach, in what was the series- ending race for Champ Car, which unified with IndyCar at the start of the '08 season. Power, who started fourth, vaulted to first at the start of the race and then cruised to a 5.094 seconds victory over Franck Montagny. He led all but two of the 83 laps.

Long Beach is known for its final turn, a famous hairpin leading onto the front straightaway where drivers climb from first gear coming out of the final turn all the way to nearly 200 m.p.h. before breaking for the newly-widened first turn. The Southern California street circuit originally ran as a Formula 5000 race in 1975, moved up to Formula One from 1976-83, then became a CART/Champ Car event from 1984-2008.

The circuit has been through nine different iterations, ranging from 1.574 miles to 2.129, but all have included the hairpin turn. Today, the 1.97-mile, 11-turn circuit winds its way around and under gleaming hotels, a famed Convention and Entertainment Center, a popular Aquarium and the sparkling new Pike at Rainbow Harbor complex. That first race circuit measured 2.02 miles in length and featured the famous "Linden Leap," when cars would barrel down Ocean Blvd., then turn hard right onto Linden - occasionally becoming airborne in the process. The circuit stayed at 2.02 miles until 1982, when the Queen's Hairpin gave way to a series of new turns to accommodate construction of the Hyatt Hotel, upping the circuit length to 2.129 miles. Construction altered it again in 1983, to 2.035 miles, taking the cars off Ocean Blvd. for the first time. When Champ Cars arrived at Long Beach in 1984, the circuit was shortened to 1.67 miles in length, then was shortened again to 1.586 miles until 1999. That year, the 25th Anniversary of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach saw a revamped, 1.85-mile circuit, with a longer front stretch on Shoreline Drive and new Turn 1, winding past the new Aquarium of the Pacific. The 2000 race saw the circuit reconfigured to its present format.

Mario Andretti won in his first Champ Car start at Long Beach in 1984, and his son, Michael, in his last start there in 2002. The pole sitter has fared well at Long Beach, winning 12 of the previous 37 races.

Chef Gordon Ramsay will serve as the grand marshal of the 2011 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The IZOD IndyCar Series returns to South America for the May 1st staging of the Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Will Power won last year's inaugural race there.

04/15 13:06:08 ET

As of April 15, 2011, at 01:06 PM ET

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