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IZOD IndyCar Series - Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Preview

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DATE: Sunday, April 15th
SITE: Streets of Long Beach -- Long Beach, California
TRACK: 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit
ANNUAL: 38th (4th for IndyCar)
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
ANNOUNCERS: Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Wally Dallenbach
RADIO: IMS Radio Network
START TIME: 3:30 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Mike Conway
RUNNER-UP: Ryan Briscoe
POLE WINNER: Will Power (Finished 10th)
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.)
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Mike Conway36Oriol Servia4
2Ryan Briscoe127Danica Patrick20
3Dario Franchitti78Tony Kanaan10
4James Hinchcliffe119Vitor Meira13
5Alex Tagliani910Will Power1
2011 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 88.676 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 53 minutes, 12.1000 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 6.3203 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 12 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Will Power (102.582 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Dario Franchitti, 100.266 m.p.h., Lap 84
Past Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Mike Conway (3rd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 88.676 m.p.h.
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)
2011 -- Will Power -- 10th
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 1st)
SITE: Barber Motorsports Park -- Birmingham, Alabama
MILES: 214.2
LAPS: 90
WINNER: Will Power
RUNNER-UP: Scott Dixon
THIRD: Helio Castroneves
FOURTH: Graham Rahal
FIFTH: Simon Pagenaud
POLE WINNER: Helio Castroneves (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 1 minute, 40.1127 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 102.081 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.3709 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 2 for 10 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Helio Castroneves 1-24; James Hinchcliffe 25; Graham Rahal 26;
Scott Dixon 27-47; Castroneves 48-49; Dixon 50-65; Castroneves
66-67; Will Power 68-73; Dixon 74; Power 75-90.
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)Hitachi/Team Penske
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brz)Auto Club/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)Citgo/PDVSA/KV Racing Technology
6Katherine Legge (Guildford, England)TrueCar/Lotus-Dragon Racing
7Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans,France)Lotus-Dragon Racing
8Rubens Barrichello (Sao Paulo, Brz)BMC/Embrase/KV Racing Technology
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)GEICO/KV Racing Technology
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14 *Mike Conway (Bromley, England)ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
15Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing
18Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Sonny's Bar B-Q/Dale Coyne Racing
19Jamie Jakes (Leeds, England)Boy Scouts America/Dale Coyne Racing
20Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing
22Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Lotus-Dreyer & Reinbold
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)RC Cola/Andretti Autosport
27James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL)DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
38Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
67Josef Newgarden (Nashville, TN)Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77Simon Pagenaud (Poitiers, France)Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports
78Simona de Silvestro (Switzerland)Entergy/Lotus Cars/Lotus-HVM Racing
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)Novo Nordisk/Chip Ganassi Racing
98Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Team Barracuda/Bryan Herta Autosport
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Mike Conway------------------21st10thWon
Ryan Briscoe------------------13th8th2nd
Dario Franchitti------------------Won12th3rd
James Hinchcliffe------------------------4th
Alex Tagliani10th8th15th3rd5th7th10th21st5th
Oriol Servia------------------------6th
Tony Kanaan------------------3rd5th8th
Will Power---------9th3rdWon2nd3rd10th
Helio Castroneves------------------7th7th12th
Graham Rahal------------------12th22nd13th
Scott Dixon------------------15th4th18th
Ryan Hunter-Reay7th7th12th---------11thWon23rd
Marco Andretti------------------6th14th26th
Simon Pagenaud---------------------------
Rubens Barrichello---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Oriol Servia - Started 26th on the grid and finished 13th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Will Power
Darkhorse - Marco Andretti
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Will Power) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Alex Tagliani) - Finished 26th
 
NOTES:
You've heard of "third time is a charm," well it turned out that 26 times is a charm, which is what it took for Mike Conway to score his first IndyCar Series win last year.

Ryan Briscoe built a three-second lead through 60 laps, but a full-course caution caused by a Justin Wilson crash eliminated the gap. Briscoe won the race to the first turn, but Helio Castroneves and Will Power collided and ended their chances to win the race.

They finally restarted the race with 15 laps remaining and Briscoe led Ryan Hunter-Reay and Dario Franchitti into the first turn. Hunter-Reay held his position for half a lap and then suddenly slowed. Conway, in fourth, jumped past both Franchitti and Hunter-Reay for second.

With just 14 laps remaining Conway slipped inside Briscoe for the lead. Conway was the fastest car on the track and built a 2.5-second lead with a dozen laps remaining and over four seconds with 10 to go.

From there it was a smooth ride to the checkered flag and the winner's circle for the third-year driver as he finished 6.3203 seconds ahead of runner-up Briscoe.

Currently ninth on the points list after two starts, Conway has totaled just 11 top-10 finishes in 68 starts.

Seeking his first ever IndyCar title, Helio Castroneves is off to a great start following a dismal 2011 campaign. The 2007 "Dancing With The Stars" champion won the season-opening race this year and placed third two weeks ago in Alabama. The victory in week one was the first time in his career that he started a season with a win.

Hunter-Reay claimed his second career IZOD IndyCar Series win with a dominating performance in the 2010 running of the 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. 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.

With his win in the 2009 staging of this race, Dario Franchitti helped propel himself to the series championship. Franchitti, the 2007 and '09 IndyCar champion, outlasted pole sitter 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.

Former race winners expected to compete this week are: Sebastien Bourdais (2005-07), Helio Castroneves (2001), Dario Franchitti (2009), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2010), Will Power (2008) and Conway (2011).

At least 22 drivers entered in the event have competed in the previous three IZOD IndyCar Series races at Long Beach. Nine of those drivers led laps: Ryan Hunter-Reay (66), Will Power (64), Dario Franchitti (51), Ryan Briscoe (35), Mike Conway (14), Tony Kanaan (7), Marco Andretti (6), Helio Castroneves (3) and Scott Dixon (3).

Tony Kanaan will attempt to make his 184th consecutive start, dating to Portland in 2001. Jimmy Vasser holds the all-time record of 211. Scott Dixon with 125 straight starts and Marco Andretti with 101 straight starts are the only other active drivers with a streak of more than 100 consecutive starts.

The next IZOD IndyCar Series race is the April 29 Sao Paulo Indy 300 on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Will Power is the defending race winner.

04/10 15:05:53 ET

As of April 10, 2012, at 03:06 PM ET

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