The name Andretti has a very successful past on the Streets of Long Beach and that is the next stop on the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar.
Mario Andretti took the very first victory here at the inaugural race in 1984, taking two more victories here plus winning the Long Beach Formula One Grand Prix in 1977. Michael Andretti has his own success here too both as a driver and as a team owner.
Andretti took his debut IndyCar Series victory here in 1986 while his final win here came in 2002. Andretti’s success didn’t stop with the end of his driving career as in 2010, Ryan Hunter Reay took his first victory for Andretti Autosport and looking ahead to the race this weekend he commented by saying:
The Street of Long Beach make for one of my favourite tracks, and it’s one of my favourite cities to visit. I’ll be pulling double duty this weekend racing both my DHL Honda for IndyCar and the No.90 prototype for the IMSA race, so it will be a busy weekend. But I love the track, I’ve won there before and am hoping to see that iconic podium twice this weekend.
Marco Andretti is looking forward to the race this weekend and will be hoping that he can follow in both his Dad’s and Grandfather’s footsteps and take victory here. He commented by saying:
Long Beach is my favourite street circuit and has a lot of family history for us. It’s a great setting for a race and the fans are so supportive. The Indy 500 is obviously to of my desired win list, but Long Beach is in a close second. I can’t wait to get back this weekend and hope to put the UFD/Snapple car up front.
For Alexander Rossi, the race is extra special as it will be the first time that he has raced at home. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach he commented by saying:
The Grand Prix of Long Beach is one of those races that you always hear about as an unbelievable venue and event, so I am very excited to be a part of it this year. This will be the first time in my professional career that I have raced at home in California and I will certainly be looking to put on a strong show for the local crowd.
Carlos Munoz heads to Long Beach off the back of a disappointing weekend last time out in Phoenix where he was forced to retire from the race as a result of contact, however he is looking forward to the race as it is the place where he picked up his first IndyCar podium. Speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
We are looking for a good result after the hard weekend in Phoenix. I love Long Beach – it was my first win in Indy Lights and my first podium in IndyCar. I’m really looking forward to it. I love the track; it’s one of my favourites and I can’t wait to be back.