2018 Long Beach: IndyCar Race Results - Rossi, Andretti Autosport Win!
By Mike Sulka
All day awesome! Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda drove to a dominate victory at the 2018 Long Beach Grand Prix. For Rossi, it is his first win of the year, and third of his IndyCar career. It is also his third podium of the season, and 7th of his career.
Will Power and his No. 12 Penske Chevrolet just couldn't catch Rossi despite a 30-second push-to-pass advantage with 10 laps to go. Power would pick up his 57th IndyCar career podium and 63rd major open-wheel podium. It was also Power's first podium of the year.
Ed Jones and his No. 10 Honda would pick up his second career podium. His last podium came at the 2017 Indianapolis 500.
Zach Veach would finish fourth with Graham Rahal somehow finding his way back to the front to finish 5th.
The track went green and the field charged down to Turn One, where Simon Pagenaud would get hit from behind by Graham Rahal. Pagenaud would would spin and his left rear suspension would break. Rahal would be handed a drive-through penalty for the move.
Alexander Rossi would lead after Lap 1, and the caution would come out. The order would be Rossi, Will Power, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon. Ryan Hunter-Reay would pit to repair his front wing, getting clip by the rear wing of Scott Dixon.
The order would settle in by Lap 10 with Rossi leading followed by Power, Dixon, Josef Newgarden, and James Hinchcliffe.
On Lap 26, Rossi would pit from the lead. Power, Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais would all pit on Lap 30. Rossi would re-take the lead during the stops while Dixon would get past power during the exchange.
Hunter-Reay would be the last major player to pit on Lap 32. He would resume in 8th.
The second yellow of the day would come on Lap 43 after Kyle Kaiser would need to be pushed off the track. The timing was a bit early for the two-stop strategy cars.
Racing would resume on Lap 47 with Rossi leading followed by Dixon, Bourdais, Power and Hunter-Reay. Hunter-Reay would suffer rear end damage after a clash with King while trying to recover a tank-slapper.
Meanwhile, Bourdais would slice past three cars (one a lap down) entering Turn One like he was on a crowded highway - AND miss the wall! An awesome move! The order would be Rossi, Bourdais, Dixon and Power. The would say, "The coolest pass ever! Now let's go catch Rossi!"
Rossi would pit on Lap 57, he would be good to go until the end of the race. Power would pit on Lap 60, at the same time Jack Claman De Melo would hit the wall and bring out the yellow. Bad news for Bourdais and Dixon. Even worse. Dixon would take a penalty while pitting with the pits closed.
On the Lap 67 restart, Rossi would lead followed by Dixon, Power and Jones. Dixon would take his penalty, and his race would be ruined officially.
With 14 Laps to go, the infamous hairpin would strike. Leaving three IndyCars stranded in the middle of the track - Hunter-Reay, Bourdais and Robert Wickins. The cause a failed pass attempt by Jordan King.
Caution number four.
Roger Penske would tell second-place Will Power over the radio, "You've got lots of push-to-pass." Rossi would lead the field back to green flag racing and jet away from Power.
Power would use the push-to-pass, but fail to make up ground.
Alexander Rossi would take victory on his home ground - California! A great drive.
Next up, the IndyCar series will race at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
LONG BEACH, California - Results Sunday of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.968-mile Streets of Long Beach circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (1) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 85, Running
2. (2) Will Power, Chevrolet, 85, Running
3. (13) Ed Jones, Honda, 85, Running
4. (16) Zach Veach, Honda, 85, Running
5. (5) Graham Rahal, Honda, 85, Running
6. (20) Marco Andretti, Honda, 85, Running
7. (6) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 85, Running
8. (11) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 85, Running
9. (8) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 85, Running
10. (23) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 85, Running
11. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 85, Running
12. (17) Jack Harvey, Honda, 85, Running
13. (9) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 85, Running
14. (14) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 85, Running
15. (18) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 84, Running
16. (24) Kyle Kaiser, Chevrolet, 84, Running
17. (15) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 84, Running
18. (12) Jordan King, Chevrolet, 84, Running
19. (19) Gabby Chaves, Chevrolet, 83, Running
20. (7) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 81, Running
21. (22) Takuma Sato, Honda, 74, Running
22. (10) Robert Wickens, Honda, 73, Running
23. (21) Zachary Claman De Melo, Honda, 58, Contact
24. (3) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 0, Contact
Winner's average speed: 88.622 mph
Time of Race: 1:53:15.2434
Margin of victory: 1.2413 seconds
Cautions: 4 for 17 laps
Lead changes: 6 among 5 drivers
Verizon IndyCar Series point standings: Rossi 126, Newgarden 104, Rahal 93, Bourdais 88, Hinchcliffe 83, Dixon 79, Hunter-Reay 73, Power 72, Jones 69, Andretti 68.