Rossi Dominates In Long Beach To Take His First Win Of The Season
Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda completely dominated Sunday’s 85 lap Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach to take his first win of the season and in doing so has taken the lead in the points standings.
Speaking following the race, Rossi commented by saying:
“I think the Watkins Glen car was pretty close to the car we had today, but man this Andretti Autosport team and the NAPA Know How crew. It’s unbelievable to win at Long Beach. I can’t really put into words how good the car was all weekend. I think we proved that and I’m just so glad we were able to capitalize and nothing crazy happened. It’s been a great weekend all around, we announced Crown Royal as a partner, and then we put the NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda in victory lane, getting the win that I think the Military To Motorsports car should have had last weekend in Phoenix. On top of it all, I got to win in my home state of California in front of all my family and friends. It’s a good feeling right now.”
Team Penske’s Will Power ended the race in second place while Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda scored his first podium for the team finishing the race in third place.
It was a great race for Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach as the Verizon IndyCar Series rookie came through the field to finish the event in fourth place in the No.26 Group One Thousand One Honda.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal finished where he started in fifth place in the No.15 Total Honda just ahead of Bryan Herta Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda.
Defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Chevrolet finished the race in seventh just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda finished the race in ninth place while Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba ® Chevrolet scored Carlin Racing’s first top ten finish in IndyCar coming home in 10th place.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon was on course for a podium finish in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda before he was handed a drive through late in the race for making his final pit-stop under caution when the pit-lane was closed as a result, the Iceman came home 11th.
Jack Harvey finished the race in 12th place just ahead of Sebastien Bourdais. Matheus Matt Leist finished the event in 14th place just ahead of Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing.
Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser finished the race in 16th place just ahead of Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton while Jordan King finished the race in 18th place.
It was a disappointing day for Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda as he came home in 20th place just ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda was left disappointed as the Canadian finished the race in 22nd place following gearbox issues. Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet and Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman DeMelo in the No.19 Paysafe Honda were the only retirements from the race.