Hinchcliffe grabs 1st victory since near-fatal 2015 accident
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 3:41
He's certainly due to get over the hump, and it's possible.
The final F1 race in Long Beach was in 1983, but other forms of open-wheel racing continued to attract crowds to Shoreline Drive for years to come. And he could have won in 2016 if not for a pit exit by Simon Pagenaud that was so talked about it prompted IndyCar to change how it records pit lane departures.
Dixon, starting second on the grid, was in touch with the lead for most of the race but when the Kiwi pitted on lap 62 of 85 Hinchcliffe was able to hold the lead and managed to stay there in a frantic finish. Andretti Autosport could certainly use a victory to prove that it's just as powerful as the Penske and Ganassi squads, and Long Beach is the ideal place for them to do it. ". You have to be somewhat aggressive and somewhat cautious, how you approach the race".
The 2001 Long Beach Grand Prix victor had the top lap time of 1:06.2254 the brake his own qualifying record of 1:06.6294 set in 2015. "It was something electrical", Hunter-Reay said. He doesn't want anything other than a victory Sunday. None of the four Andretti entries finished today's race. While the team spent previous year struggling to keep up with Penske and Ganassi, they were the only squad to have multiple drivers in the Firestone Fast Six. We had the vehicle for pole, and Will started backing everybody up. Or Marco Andretti, who's been fighting for that second IndyCar win?
Hinchcliffe, driving the No. 5 Arrow Honda, held off Sebastien Bourdais of Dale Coyne Racing by 1.4940 seconds to collect his fifth career Verizon IndyCar Series win and first in almost two years. Castroneves echoed Pagenaud's explanation, and said that he didn't think the penalty was warranted.
Qualifying for Saturday's Can-Am Challenge race will be held from 3-3:20p.m. Can-Am, shorthand for the Canadian-American Challenge Cup, was a racing series that ran at tracks in Canada and the US from 1966-74 and 1977-87.
Truly anything is possible at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Several different types of race cars will be on track before Sunday's main event.
Dixon's qualifying matched his best effort in his 11 years driving in Long Beach.
Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon will start alongside Castroneves in the first row.
Pagenaud, also the defending IndyCar series champion, will start last - or 21st. Jones and his teammate Bourdais will start together in the running order, with Bourdais 12th and Jones 13th.
Pagenaud, whose worst finish at Long Beach was eighth in 2013, enters the weekend as a strong favorite to stand atop the podium Sunday evening. "We need to pull back together and play catch up".