Andretti Autosport head to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach following a strong start to the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg where the team had three cars finishing in the top ten.
Ryan Hunter Reay, who finished the race in fourth place took victory here at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2010 is looking forward to this years race saying:
The Long Beach Grand Prix is certainly one of the cornerstone events of the Verizon IndyCar Series. This race has so much history, it really is the Indy 500 of street courses. This event has also had a huge impact on my life, both personally and professionally over the years. We’ll be looking for Long Beach win number two for the DHL team this weekend.
Takuma Sato in the No.26 Honda took victory here in 2013 where he started the race from fourth place. The Japanese driver heads to Long Beach having finished the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in fifth place and speaking ahead of the race this weekend he commented by saying:
Long Beach is a special place. Not just because of the history the track has, but I simply love the venue with incredible memories. I enjoy so much driving the streets of Long Beach and the team has good records there too. Fans are always great and there are several large Japanese communities around LA, so many Japanese fans turn up and some are actually flying directly from Japan too! The track is generally low grip, but characteristics are not far different from St. Petersburg, and we had a productive test at Sebring recently, so I expect we will be as competitive as we were in the opening round. Hopefully we have another strong race and we can enjoy one of the most special weekends on the calendar.
Marco Andretti has a new primary sponsor for the No.27 Honda with United Fiber&Data returning from this weekend’s race onwards replacing hhgregg who have filed for bankruptcy.
Speaking ahead of the race, Andretti commented by saying:
The season had a decent start for us in St. Pete; as a team, we seem to be more competitive this year and we are hoping to back that up in Long Beach. Next to the Indy 500, the Long Beach race is my second favorite event. It has a ton of history, is a fun track and the fans are supportive. It’s a close second on my desired win list, with Indy being first, of course.
Alexander Rossi heads to Long Beach having just missed out on a top ten finish at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg where he finished the race in 11th place and speaking ahead of the race this weekend he commented by saying:
I am so excited to be getting back to Long Beach with my NAPA Racing team. Not only is it one of my favorite races of the year, but we’ve also had quite a long break since St. Pete and we are ready to get some redemption. The progress from this winter has continued this past month and I look forward to translating that into some results at the first of my two ‘home tracks’ for the year.