Josef Newgarden leads Second Day of Testing at IMS

By: Spencer Neff
April 21, 2022

Thursday Results Combined Practice Results

After a delay of more than four hours at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 32 cars entered for next month’s Indianapolis 500 took to the track for a second day of testing on the 2.5-mile oval in Speedway, Indiana.

On Wednesday, the session was concluded early following multiple spins in the warmup lane on the south end of the speedway.

Following a lengthy night of addressing the issue (hear more from IMS President Doug Boles here), the second day of track time began.

Within the first 30 minutes on track, Dreyer and Reinbold’s Sage Karam and Arrow McLaren SP’s Juan Pablo Montoya completed their refresher programs.

Once the four-hour session concluded, points leader Josef Newgarden was on top of the speed carts. Late in the day, the Team Penske driver posted a best lap of 229.519 (39.2125 seconds).

Sato and his Dale Coyne teammate David Malukas opted not to run their primary Indianapolis 500 cars during this week’s Open Test (Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Despite winning 22 races and two championships, the 12th-year driver is still looking for his first Indianapolis 500 win. Previously, his best results were in 2016, when he started second and finished third.

Finishing the day just .0157 of a second back of Newgarden was Takuma Sato of Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing. The 2017 and 2020 race winner was the fastest among the Honda teams, behind Newgarden’s Chevrolet.

On the no-tow chart, Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay notched best speed of the afternoon (221.314). Last year, VeeKay followed up his first career win at the road course 15 days earlier by starting third and leading 32 laps before finishing eighth at the Indianapolis 500.

VeeKay has qualified fourth and third in his first two Indianapolis 500 starts (Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

After crashing late in yesterday’s practice, four-time and defending race winner Helio Castroneves did not run in today’s session. His Meyer Shank Racing team brought his car back to their shop in Pataskala, Ohio for repairs. Otherwise, all 31 drivers turned laps at speed.

Opening Practice for the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is 26 days away but there are still two more points-paying races before that day.

Up Next

Next week, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES returns to action at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Practice 1 for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama begins at 4:00 p.m. Eastern on April 29. Coverage for the 90-lap race is set for 1:00 p.m. Eastern on May 1.

IndyCar1909 will have ongoing coverage of all the latest NTT INDYCAR SERIES news and developments through our site and various social media platforms.

Header Image By Chris Jones/INDYCAR

IMS Open Test: Day 1 Recap

By: Spencer Neff
April 20, 2022

Ahead of next month’s 106th running of the Indianapolis 500, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana for its annual two-day Open Test.

32 entries have been announced for this year’s race and each one got time on track today. Three distinct sessions were scheduled for the first of two days on track.

Scott Dixon leads Veteran Opener

Oval Veteran Session 1 Results

After being delayed for 90 minutes, the 24 veteran drivers of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The drivers participating full-time in the series or who have made an oval start since last year’s Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge were eligible to run. The day got off to an a bit of an ominous start however.

As the field began their installation laps, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi spun on the warmup lane in the south chute. Despite narrowly missing the inside wall between Turns 1 and 2, the Andretti Autosport driver was towed back into pit lane soon after.

Rossi’s team was unaffected by the spin aside from losing a fresh set of tires as they were not planning on running during the opening session.

Once the day got started in earnest, Chevrolet showed early speed but it would be Chip Ganassi Racing and Scott Dixon leading the way. The 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time pole sitter turned a best lap of 225.622 miles per hour (39.8898 seconds) on the 2.5-mile oval.

Last year’s Rookie of the Year Scott McLaughlin was fastest among the Chevrolets, slotting in second, .2916 of a second back of Dixon in his Team Penske machine. Driving for his third team in as many seasons, 2019 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Santino Ferrucci was third with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing.

McLaughlin did post the fastest non-tow speed (221.090 mph), which has often been a quality indicator of potential qualifying favorites.

2019 pole and race winner Simon Pagenaud was quickest among the Honda contingent (219.556). 21 of the 24 drivers turned a no-tow lap at speed.

Callum Ilott tops Rookie/Refresher Programs

Ilott will make his first Indianapolis 500 start next month, while Juncos Hollinger makes their first appearance since 2019 and third overall. (Walt Kuhn/INDYCAR)

Rookie Orientation/Refresher Program Results

A quarter of the participants in Wednesday and Thursday’s scheduled test were drivers needing to complete the mandated Rookie Orientation/Veteran Refresher Program.

Each rookie needs to complete 10 laps at 205-210 mph and 15 laps each at 210-215 and 215+. Veterans only need to complete the last two portions of that requirement.

When that session was done, Juncos Hollinger Racing’s Callum Ilott was P1 on the chart. The rookie turned a best lap of 222.184 mph (40.507 seconds).

Just .1052 of a second behind was Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport rookie Devlin DeFranceso, with his teammate Marco Andretti in third.

Ilott paced the field in his Chevrolet, with DeFeancesco leading Honda’s effort. Honda had won pole and the race for each of the last two Indianapolis 500s.

Dixon ends chaotic late session atop leaderboard

Castroneves’ 2021 winning car is returned to the garage following his accident on Wednesday afternoon (Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

Full Field Session Results

As the field was getting back to action from a brief track inspection yellow, four-time race winner Helio Castroneves spun on the exit of pit lane and made heavy contact with the Turn 2 wall. The right side of his Meyer Shank Racing Dallara-Honda was heavily damaged but the defending race winner climbed from his machine and walked away.

Less than 30 minutes later, the south end of the speedway became another trouble spot. Power spun on the access road in Turn 1 as he exited the pits. Unable to avoid him, Colton Herta spun in the south end of the track between Turns 1 and 2.

Following a 34-minute delay, INDYCAR made the decision to end the session shortly after the original 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Just as was the case in the first session, Dixon was quickest in the field. The 2021 pole winner clocked a best lap of 227.187 (39.615 seconds), .0352 of a second ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Conor Daly, the quickest Chevrolet of the session.

On the no-tow chart, it was McLaughlin, Penske and Chevrolet on top again. This time, his best lap was run at 219.841 mph.

Just 25 cars completed a lap in the abbreviated final session.

The decal commemorating Helio Castroneves’ attempt at a record fifth Indianapolis 500 win as he prepares to make his 22nd start next month (Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Up Next

With the first of two days completed, tomorrow’s session is scheduled to have all 32 drivers eligible for the entirety of the day.

Testing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Eastern and run until 4 p.m. Stay with IndyCar1909 for the latest on this week’s Open Test.

Header Image By James Black/INDYCAR

Josef Newgarden wins at Long Beach, takes points lead

By: Spencer Neff
April 10, 2022

2022 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Results

Following a chaotic end to the afternoon, Josef Newgarden took home the win at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

After starting second, Team Penske’s superior pit stops helped put the two-time INDYCAR Champion out front, leading 32 laps (including the final 31). In earning his 22nd career victory, he overtakes teammate Scott McLaughlin as points leader, leading his teammate by five.

The Hendersonville, Tennessee native earned his first win on the famed street circuit. Previously, his best finish at Long Beach was second in 2019 and 2021. After Takuma Sato crashed into the Turn 8 barrier on the final lap, the 85-lap race ended under the fourth caution of the day.

Despite falling short of their fourth straight Long Beach win, Andretti Autosport’s newest driver Romain Grosjean finished second, earning the team’s first podium of 2022. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou rounded out the podium as he continued his title defense.

Team Penske has won the first three races of a season for the first time since 2012 and Chevrolet has won the opening three events for the first time since 2016.

Recap

The start of the 2022 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

After starting on the pole, Colton Herta got away cleanly and immediately began to put distance between himself and Newgarden. On Lap 6, A.J. Foyt Racing’s Dalton Kellett made contact with the outside retaining wall in Turn 1, prompting the first caution of the day.

Once the race got back under green for the Lap 10, the Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian driver kept the field at bay. Further back, Rossi and Rosenqvist would make contact on the entrance of Turn 1. Rossi took fourth while Rosenqvist fell back to 11th. The race leader made it 30 laps before he took his first pit stop of the afternoon.

Following the pit stops, Palou and Newgarden leapfrogged Herta for the lead. In that time, Palou also posted the fastest lap of the race. Thanks to his and his team’s quick work in and out of the pits, the driver of the No. 10 found himself nearly three seconds ahead of Newgarden and Herta.

With final pit stops nearing, Herta smacked the Turn 9 wall and the ensuing front wing damage ended the day for the pre-race favorite. Five laps later, Simon Pagenaud and Takuma Sato made contact in the Turn 2 fountain area, sending Pagenaud backward.

As he tried to get his No. 60 refired, the 2016 Long Beach winner stalled in the garden adjacent to the fountain. With Rinus VeeKay and McLaughlin involved, the caution flag was displayed for a second time on the day.

During the Lap 67 restart, Marcus Ericsson got loose between Turns 4 and 5. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver tagged his teammate Scott Dixon. While Dixon continued on, Ericsson’s day came to a premature end.

Back up front, Grosjean used the advantage of his alternate tires to make his way up to second and challenge Newgarden for the lead. With 10 laps remaining, Jimmie Johnson spun and collected David Malukas as both drivers crashed into the Turn 8 tire barriers.

The accident was cleaned up and the green flag waved in time for a five-lap battle for the win. Sato’s accident brought a premature end to the race.

Newgarden is joined on the podium by Grosjean (left) and Palou. (Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Up Next

While the next points race on the calendar is scheduled for May 1 at Barber Motorsports Park, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES enters the busiest portion of its schedule.

On April 20 and 21, teams will head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for an open test at the 2.5-mile oval. Ahead of the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented By Gainbridge, coverage begins on 11 a.m. Eastern on April 20 and 10 a.m. on April 21.

Practice 1 for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama begins at 4:00 p.m. Eastern on April 29. Coverage for the 90-lap race is set for 1:00 p.m. Eastern on May 1.

IndyCar1909 will have ongoing coverage of all the latest NTT INDYCAR SERIES news and developments through our site and various social media platforms.

Header Image By Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR

Colton Herta paces Long Beach Warmup

By: Spencer Neff
April 10, 2022

Warmup Results Combined Practice Results Starting Lineup

Continuing a dominant weekend for both he and the Andretti Autosport camp, Colton Herta posted the best lap in Sunday morning’s 30-minute warmup for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Starting on pole for the 85-lap race and looking to repeat his September win this afternoon, the No. 26 Andretti with Curb-Agajanian driver ran a best lap of 1m05.8645 (107.566 mph).

Herta lapped the 1.968-mile, 11-turn California street circuit at .3278 of a second quicker than second-fastest Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing. Dixon’s teammate Marcus Ericsson and Meyer Shank Racing’s Simon Pagenaud would make it a Top 4 sweep for Honda.

Team Penske’s Will Power was best among the 11 Chevrolet entries in this morning’s session. After winning the first two races of 2022, the news from the session was not all good for Penske’s outfit.

Early in the warmup, points leader Scott McLaughlin dropped out of the session. After failing to record a lap at speed, the Team Penske driver’s No. 3 was forced back to the paddock with exhaust header issues. He will start ninth as he looks to hold on to his lead, currently at 27 over teammate Power.

Josef Newgarden will join Herta on the front row as he looks to make it two wins in a row.

As time began to wind down, Graham Rahal stopped in between Turns 4 and 5 after a half-spin. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver continued with only a flat left-rear tire. He starts the race in 14th.

Up Next

Here is the broadcast schedule for this afternoon’s race, along with tire strategies for all 26 entrants. Continue with IndyCar1909 and all our platforms for the latest on the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

9-9:30 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES warmup, Peacock Premium (live) Noon – Driver introductions
Noon – NBC on air
12:38 p.m. – Start engines command

12:45 p.m. – Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (85 laps/167.28 miles), NBC and Peacock Premium (live)

Header Image By Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR

Colton Herta nabs Long Beach pole and Track Record

By: Spencer Neff
April 9, 2022

Qualifying Results

Following Chevrolet and Team Penske’s dominance of the opening two races, Honda came into the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach wanting to even things up.

2021 race winner Colton Herta set a new track record (1m05.3095-108.480 mph) on his way to his first pole since Laguna Seca in last season’s penultimate race. The No. 26 entry was .4455 of a second clear of the field in the final round of qualifying.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden will look to make it two wins in a row, lining up on the front row next to Herta. Alex Palou, Felix Rosenqvist, Alexander Rossi and Romain Grosjean completed the first three rows.

After starting a disappointing 14th on the way to last year’s win, the Andretti Autosport driver earned his eighth career pole. Previously, Herta’s best start at his home race was a 10th during his rookie season (2019). Now, he will look to give his team their fourth consecutive win on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street course.

Here’s a look at how all three rounds of qualifying unfolded for the 26-car field:

Round 1

Herta was atop the leaderboard for all 3 qualifying sessions he participated in. (Image Bay Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Group 1: Results

McLaughlin was the first to break the track record but it would not hold for long. Herta would top the 13 cars in the session as the top four broke the track record with a lap of 1m05.7283 (107.789 mph). Rossi, Rosenqvist Kirkwood and Ericsson also would move on to Round 2.

Graham Rahal narrowly missed the Fast 12, along with Rinus VeeKay, Devlin DeFrancesco, David Malukas, Jack Harvey, Takuma Sato and Jimmie Johnson. Those seven will line up on the inside of their respective rows.

Group 2: Results

Grosjean led his second on-track session of the day in Group 2 of opening round qualifying (Image By Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

In the second opening round group, all six drivers to advance topped the 2017 track record previously set by Helio Castroneves. After leading Saturday morning’s practice, Grosjean was again on top of the leader board (1m05.7468-107.759 mph). Pagenaud, who led Friday’s practice, was second. The other four advancing were Power, Newgarden, Palou and O’Ward.

The seven drivers knocked out in Round 1 were Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Conor Daly,Christian Lundgaard, Callum Ilott, Dalton Kellett and Tatiana Calderon. They will start on the outside of Rows 7-13.

Round 2/Fast 12

Results

Herta once again led the way, further breaking the track record with a best lap of 1m05.4057 (108.321 mph), 0.1718 seconds up on Rossi. Following them into the Fast Six were Rosenqvist, Newgarden, Palou and Grosjean.

Despite a lengthy review by Race Control, the results stood and Will Power would start seventh, .0001 of a second out of the Fast Six. Ericsson, McLaughlin, Pagenaud, O’Ward and Kirkwood also missed the run for the pole and will start seventh through 12th tomorrow.

Round 3/Fast 6

Results

After posting another blistering lap, Herta stayed ahead of the pack. However, the pole did not come without its share of drama. With time dwindling in the session, Grosjean crashed into the Turn 5 tire barrier.

While the red flag was displayed, confusion set in among the teams as to the protocol. Once the red flag was lifted, INDYCAR granted teams an additional flying lap. However, only Rossi and Rosenqvist took advantage. Unfortunately, the gamble did not yield an improvement in position for either driver and the Top Six remained as it had been.

Up Next

With qualifying done, the final prepartations for Sunday’s race begin. Here is the on-track schedule for tomorrow. All times listed are local track times (Pacific). Continue with IndyCar1909 and all our platforms for the latest on the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Sunday, April 10

9-9:30 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES warmup, Peacock Premium (live) Noon – Driver introductions
Noon – NBC on air
12:38 p.m. – Start engines command

12:45 p.m. – Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (85 laps/167.28 miles), NBC and Peacock Premium (live)

Header Image By Chris Jones/INDYCAR

Romain Grosjean fastest in Practice 2

By: Spencer Neff
April 9, 2022

Practice 2 Results Combined Practice Results Qualifying Groups

Saturday morning’s practice for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was again Honda’s moment in the spotlight. This time, Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean led the way, posting a best lap of 1m05.652 (107.914 mph) on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street course in California.

In his Long Beach debut, Grosjean started sixth but finished 24th, ten laps down after late-race contact in the September 26 season finale less than seven months ago.

Teammate Colton Herta was .0451 of a second back as Andretti looks for their fourth consecutive win at Long Beach. Team Penske’s Will Power finished the session in third, best among the Chevrolet-powered cars. Alexander Rossi and yesterday’s practice leader Simon Pagenaud rounded out the Top 5.

After his accident during Friday afternoon’s practice, Jimmie Johnson suffered a fractured right hand.

He was fitted with a carbon-fiber splint and contested the session. With less than 15 minutes remaining, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver crashed into the Turn 1 tire barrier. Fortunately, he was quick to radio to his No. 48 crew that he was fine, albeit vocally frustrated.

Soon after the red flag was lifted for that accident, another collision brought practice to a halt.

In Turn 2, David Malukas went nose-first into the Turn barriers as Jack Harvey stalled behind him. Minutes later, Graham Rahal suffered the same fate. Fortunately, despite a handful of drivers suffering damage, there were no major incidents.

Up Next

Here is the remaining on-track schedule for this weekend. All times listed are local track times (Pacific). Continue with IndyCar1909 and all our platforms for the latest on the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Saturday, April 9

12:05 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (three rounds of knockout qualifying), Peacock Premium (live)

Sunday, April 10

9-9:30 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES warmup, Peacock Premium (live) Noon – Driver introductions
Noon – NBC on air
12:38 p.m. – Start engines command

12:45 p.m. – Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (85 laps/167.28 miles), NBC and Peacock Premium (live)

Header Image By Chris Jones/INDYCAR

Simon Pagenaud leads Practice 1 at Long Beach

By: Spencer Neff
April 8, 2022

Practice 1 Results

Meyer Shank Racing and Simon Pagenaud kicked off the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach by posting the fastest time. The 2016 winning driver of the race notched a best lap of 1m07.1991 (105.430 mph) on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit.

Alexander Rossi made it a 1-2 finish for Honda engines and the Andretti Autosport technical alliance with MSR. The 2018 and 2019 Long Beach pole and race winner finished the afternoon .4021 of a second off Pagenaud’s best time. Points leader Scott McLaughlin led the way for the Chevrolet-powered entries in third.

A.J. Foyt Racing’s Kyle Kirkwood continued an impressive start to his rookie campaign, finishing 10th of 26 cars.

The 60-minute session was delayed following an extended cleanup for the preceding IMSA practice.

Less than two-thirds of the way into the session, the red flag was brought out as two Chip Ganassi Racing cars experienced separate issues. 2015 Long Beach winner Scott Dixon stalled in Turn 9 after locking up his brakes on corner entry.

In Turn 5, Jimmie Johnson locked up his brakes and made front-end contact with the nose of his Dallara-Honda. Johnson was not at the full field autograph session and his status was not updated as of this writing.

Moments later, Turn 5 proved to be a trouble spot again. This time, A.J. Foyt Racing’s Dalton Kellett made a half-spun close to the exact spot of Johnson’s accident. While the AMR Safety Team worked to get Kellett out of trouble, the red flag was displayed again. After a brief stoppage, practice continued unabated before the checkered flag.

DeFrancesco Penalized

Earlier in the day, Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport’s Devlin DeFrancesco was assessed a six-place grid penalty after the March 20 race at Texas Motor Speedway. Following an on-track accident that collected Graham Rahal and Helio Castroneves, the rookie was penalized for avoidable contact under INDYCAR Rule 9.3.3.

The rule states “The primary responsibility for avoiding contact with a Competitor resides with the overtaking Competitor and the secondary responsibility resides with the Competitor(s) being overtaken. A Competitor who fails to demonstrate their responsibility and initiates a maneuver that results in contact with another Competitor may be penalized.”

Up Next

Here is the remaining on-track schedule for this weekend. All times listed are local track times (Pacific). Continue with IndyCar1909 and all our platforms for the latest on the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Saturday, April 9

8:45-9:45 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice 2 (45-minute session), Peacock Premium (live)

12:05 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (three rounds of knockout qualifying), Peacock Premium (live)

Sunday, April 10

9-9:30 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES warmup, Peacock Premium (live) Noon – Driver introductions
Noon – NBC on air
12:38 p.m. – Start engines command

12:45 p.m. – Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (85 laps/167.28 miles), NBC and Peacock Premium (live)

Header Image By INDYCAR

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach: Weekend Preview

By: Spencer Neff
April 8, 2022

The calendar has turned to April as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES gets set for its third race of 2022.

For the second time this season, the 26-car field will head to a temporary street circuit. After being canceled in 2020 and moved to the season finale in 2021, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach returns to its more traditional spot on the calendar.

Headlines

Last year, Colton Herta stormed from 14th on the grid to win his second consecutive race and first at Long Beach. After finishing fourth, Alex Palou clinched his first series championship.

Herta led 43 of 85 laps in his September 26 victory (Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

After finishing second during the season opener at St. Petersburg in February, Palou finished seventh at grand Texas on March 20.

Herta finished fourth at St. Petersburg and 12th at Texas. Although Herta gave Andretti Auosport its third consecutive win at Long Beach and Palou earned the title, this year has been dominated by Team Penske.

Following his second consecutive front row start, Scott McLaughlin led 186 of 248 laps at Texas Motor Speedway. On the last lap, teammate Josef Newgarden edged pas him for the victory.

This weekend, Penske looks for their seventh win at Long Beach and first since 2016 (Simon Pagenaud).
If Will Power takes his third win on the California streets, it would mark the first time since 2017 that Penske has won. three consecutive races with as many different drivers.

Power has earned two victories and three poles a Long Beach but none since his 2012 win (LAT Photo USA)

While he was a late scratch for the previous round at TMS, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Jack Harvey was cleared to drive earlier this week and will pilot the No. 45.

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Fast Facts

Pit Assignments

Spotter Guide

Race weekend: Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10

Track: 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street course (clockwise) in Long Beach, California

Race distance: 85 laps / 167.28 miles

Push-to-pass parameters: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

Firestone tire allotment: Six sets primary, four sets alternate. Rookie drivers are allowed one extra primary set for Practice 1.

Twitter: @GPLongBeach @INDYCAR, #AGPLB, #INDYCAR

Event website: http://www.gplb.com

INDYCAR website: http://www.INDYCAR.com

2021 race winner: Colton Herta (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda)

2021 NTT P1 Award: Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet), 1:08.2241, 103.846 mph

Qualifying lap record: Helio Castroneves, 1:06.2254, 106.980 mph, April 8, 2017

NBC Sports race telecast: 3 p.m. (ET) Sunday, April 10, NBC (live). Leigh Diffey is the play-by- play announcer for NBC’s coverage of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Marty Snider, Dave Burns and Kevin Lee are the pit reporters.

Peacock Premium Live Streaming: All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on Peacock Premium, NBC’s direct-to-consumer livestreaming product. NBC’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race telecast will be simulcast on the streaming service, while Peacock Premium’s exclusive post-race show – featuring driver interviews, podium ceremonies and post-race analysis – will be streamed following the race.

INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton and turn announcers Nick Yeoman, Jake Query and Michael Young. Ryan Myrehn and Joel Sebastianelli are the pit reporters. The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race and all NTT INDYCAR SERIES practices and qualifying sessions air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 160, racecontrol.indycar.com and the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.

At-track schedule (all times local):

Friday, April 8

3:15-4:15 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice 1 (45-minute session), Peacock Premium (live)

Saturday, April 9

8:45-9:45 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice 2 (45-minute session), Peacock Premium (live)

12:05 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (three rounds of knockout qualifying), Peacock Premium (live)

Sunday, April 10

9-9:30 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES warmup, Peacock Premium (live) Noon – Driver introductions
Noon – NBC on air
12:38 p.m. – Start engines command

12:45 p.m. – Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (85 laps/167.28 miles), NBC and Peacock Premium (live)

Header Image By Chris Jones/INDYCAR, Fast Facts By INDYCAR

Rewind: 2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

By: Spencer Neff
April 7, 2022

This weekend, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach returns to its more traditional spot on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. For the 38th time, IndyCar will tackle the street circuit in California. After serving as the 2021 finale, the 85-lap race on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn course will be the third event of 17.

Before this weekend’s on-track action, we’ll look back at one of the memorable races this event has seen.

Recap

The 2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach served as a fitting curtain call on what had become the Champ Car World Series 29 years earlier.

Following the reunification with the Indy Racing League (IRL) less than two months earlier, the remaining 2008 schedule was canceled. For the 25th time, what was started in 1979 as CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams), would run the temporary street course.

After nearly five years away, 1996 Series Champion and Long Beach winner Jimmy Vasser returned to the cockpit. Popular series veteran Roberto Moreno also made his first IndyCar start in nearly a year, driving for HVM Racing.

Newman-Haas-Lanigan’s Justin Wilson started on the pole, looking to continue the success after teammate Graham Rahal won at St. Petersburg two weeks earlier.

Justin Wilson leads the 20-car field in the last stand-in g start of an IndyCar race for over five years (Toronto 2013-Race 2)-(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

At the start of the 1-hour, 45-minute (standing start and timed per ChampCar rules) race, KV Racing Technology’s Will Power outbraved Wilson into Turn 1 for the early lead. Back on the starting line, Oriol Servia brought out the first caution of the day as the safety crew towed his stalled Panoz-Cosworth.

Three laps later, Dale Coyne Racing’s Mario Moraes smacked the outside wall between Turns 1 and 2, which would again promptly the yellow flag. Power continued to lead after the restart on Lap 10 despite a strong challenge from Wilson, through Lap 30.

; Soon after his battle with Power, Wilson dropped out of the race with engine issues.

On Lap 31, the HVM Racing duo of E.J. Visa and the aforementioned Moreno took hold of the lead for a lap. A lap earlier, Nelson Philippe’s stalled car in the Turn 11 hairpin would provide the third caution of the afternoon.

By the Lap 34 restart, Power was back up front. From there, the race would stay green and Power would maintain the advantage up front.

When the checkered flag was brought out on Lap 83, Power would cross the finish line 5.094 seconds in front of Franck Montagny (Forsythe Racing) and Mario Dominguez (Pacific Coast Motorsports).

In Turn 8, Rahal spun into the tire barriers, finishing 13th.

Power led 81 of 83 laps en route to a dominant victory. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Analysis

As one of 12 drivers in the race contesting the full schedule, Power’s third career win and near maximum allotment of points helped vault him to fifth in the standings. Following his 2007 wins on the Las Vegas and Toronto street circuits, the Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia native quickly developed a reputation as a master of the discipline.

In 2009, a substitute run for Helio Castroneves at Team Penske led Power to a full-time ride with the team.

On Sunday, Power’s start will be a record-setting 16th consecutive in the event. He will also look for his third win, as he last triumphed at Long Beach in 2012.

Power, Montagny and Dominguez celebrate on the victory podium.(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The drivers on the podium would not be as successful, as Montagny and Dominguez would start just nine IndyCar races between them following their podium finish. Justin Wilson earned a second-place finish in 2010 (Dreyer and Reinbold Racing) and a third-place finish in 2013 (Coyne).

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Josef Newgarden wins in thrilling finish at Texas

By: Spencer Neff
March 20, 2022

2022 XPEL 375 Results

In what has become somewhat of a norm at Texas Motor Speedway, the race was decided by a narrow margin. Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden earned his 21st career IndyCar victory in the XPEL 375, passing teammate Scott McLaughlin for the win on the final corner.

At the line, the margin of victory was a scant .0669 of a second, the 22nd time in 35 races at TMS a race was decided by less than a second. Newgarden earned his first victory since last year at World Wide Technology Raceway and his second at the 1.44-mile oval (2019).

On a day that McLaughlin finished second despite leading 186 of 248 laps, Team Penske earned their 600th victory across motorsports with Newgarden taking the checkered flag.

Race Recap

After a practice crash on Saturday, Jack Harvey crashed during the final practice. Following a sunday morning consult with the INDYCAR Medical team, he was not cleared to drive.

The start of the XPEL 375 (INDYCAR)

With Harvey unable to participate, Santino Ferrucci was pressed into action. Ferrucci contested five races with RLLR in the No. 45 entry during the 2021 season.

McLaughlin piped pole sitter Felix Rosenqvist on Lap 1 and sped past for the early lead of the race.

Following a review from Race Control, Alexander Rossi was determined to have jumped the start of the race, moving out of position prior to the green flag.

Soon after, the Andretti Autosport driver slowed on the apron, NBC had reported electrical issues for the No. 27 car and the first caution of the afternoon was thrown for his tow-in.

After the restart, Kyle Kirkwood powered his way through the field, as the A.J. Foyt Racing rookie was able to lead his first laps during the first pit stop sequence.

On Lap 99, Sato and Devlin DeFrancesco made contact in Turn 2, forcing Sato into the outside wall. Although he made light contact, the caution flag was out for the second time on the day.

During the yellow flag stops, the issues for Arrow McLaren SP entries mounted. Pato O’Ward hit his left-front tire changer, while Rosenqvist had issues with his right-rear tire change, leaving them 16th and 17th on the restart.

Making his super speedway debut, Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean saw a Lap 112 exit following engine issues. On the Lap 114 restart, Kirkwood’s oval debut ended abruptly as he spun in Turn and made heavy contact with the wall but walked away.

Ferrucci, now a Dallas resident, was pressed into action Sunday morning with RLLR (INDYCAR)

The olds adage of “cautions breed cautions” proved correct as DeFrancesco and Graham Rahal made contact in Turn 3, with Helio Castroneves being collected as well. While pitting under yellow, Rosenqvist pitted and was knocked out of the race with a broken half-shaft.

The race would restart with 99 laps to go. Mclaughlin and teammate Newgarden swapped the lead over the next two laps, with Rinus VeeKay making his presence felt as he moved to second. With 89 to go, the ECR driver found his way to the front.

Five laps later, Power moved from third to first and got the lead of the race. As Fuel mileage came into play, Ericsson and McLaughlin would get past Power for the first and second spots with 65 laps remaining. With 62 laps remaining, the final cycle of green flag stops began. On Lap 207, McLaughlin was back out front.

McLaughlin’s dominant performance was under fire late in the race as lapped traffic played a factor. In Turns 3 and 4, Newgarden passed on the outside in what proved to be the winning move.

Newgarden celebrates his first win of the season (INDYCAR)

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson rounded out the podium, with Power making it three Penske cars in the Top Four.

Ericsson’s CGR teammates Scott Dixon, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Palou followed as Johnson earned by far his career-best result.

Meyer Shank Racing’s Simon Pagenaud would end the day in eighth. Santino Ferrucci’s last-minute appearence yielded a ninth-place result.

Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports’ David Malukas would come home as the highest-finishing rookie of the day in 11th.

Up Next

Immediately following another two weeks off, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES returns to action.

First Practice for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will be at 6:15 p.m. Eastern on April 8. The 85-lap race is set for April 10, with a 3:45 p.m. green flag.

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