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The 1996 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was the 4th round of the 1996 IndyCar season. It happened on April 14, 1996, on the streets of Long Beach, California.

United States 1996 Grand Prix of Long Beach
Race details
Race 4 of 16 in the 1996 IndyCar season
DateApril 14, 1996
Official nameToyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
LocationLong Beach, California, United States
CourseStreet
1.590 mi / 2.559 km
Distance105 laps
166.950 mi / 268.680 km
WeatherTemperatures up to 94 °F (34 °C); wind speeds up to 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Pole position
DriverGil de Ferran (Hall Racing)
Time52.208
Fastest lap
DriverPaul Tracy (Penske Racing)
Time53.482 (on lap 99 of 105)
Podium
FirstJimmy Vasser (Chip Ganassi Racing)
SecondParker Johnstone (Comptech Racing)
ThirdAl Unser, Jr. (Penske Racing)

Contents

RaceEdit

StartEdit

At the end of lap 1, de Ferran was leading the race, as he led most laps of the race.

Laps 4–39Edit

At lap 4, Brazilian driver André Ribeiro crashed at turn 1. He retired. At lap 14, the top 6 was: Gil de Ferran, Alex Zanardi, Jimmy Vasser, Scott Pruett, Paul Tracy and Parker Johnstone. The 1st caution came out at lap 39, as Zanardi had hit Bobby Rahal at turn 1. Zanardi retired. At the same lap, Robby Gordon had a fire in his pit area. Despite this, Robby did not retire.

Laps 41–65Edit

The top 6 at lap 41 was: de Ferran, Vasser, Tracy, Johnstone, Pruett and Greg Moore. At lap 49, the 2nd caution came out, as Moore collided with Christian Fittipaldi at the last turn before the hairpin. Both retired. Emerson Fittipaldi had hit some debris from that collision, thus, damaging the suspension of his car. He also retired. Al Unser, Jr. was now in sixth place. Then, at lap 54, Raul Boesel committed a mistake and missed the turn 1. He would do this again laps later. At lap 57, Robby Gordon had hit Bryan Herta at the hairpin. They did not retired. At lap 65, Teo Fabi, who was replacing Mark Blundell, after he suffered a broken foot at the Rio 400, suffered a puncture. The cause of the puncture, probably, was when he collided with Michael Andretti at the opening laps. Andretti had hit Fabi from behind and damaged his front wing.

Laps 70–95Edit

The 3rd caution came out, as Robby Gordon had hit the wall. The top 10 was: de Ferran, Tracy, Vasser, Johnstone, Unser, Jr., Adrian Fernandez, Andretti, Roberto Moreno, Eddie Lawson and Richie Hearn. At the same lap, Paul Tracy was black flagged after overtaking Vasser during caution. He did a stop-and-go penalty one lap later. At lap 95, Dennis Vitolo retired due to mechanical problems

Closing stagesEdit

With 4 laps to go, de Ferran suffered mechanical problems and lost the lead to Jimmy Vasser. Then, 1 lap later, Bobby Rahal and Bryan Herta collided at the hairpin. Jimmy Vasser won the race.

Final resultsEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12   Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 105 1:44:02.363 3 20
2 49   Parker Johnstone Comptech Racing 105 + 3.447 6 16
3 2   Al Unser, Jr. Penske Racing 105 + 4.409 9 14
4 3   Paul Tracy Penske Racing 105 + 5.000 4 12
5 8   Gil de Ferran Jim Hall Racing 105 + 32.073 1 12
6 32   Adrián Fernández Tasman Motorsports 105 + 36.322 13 8
7 6   Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing 104 + 1 Lap 12 6
8 34   Roberto Moreno Payton/Coyne Racing 104 + 1 Lap 18 5
9 10   Eddie Lawson Galles Racing International 104 + 1 Lap 24 4
10 44   Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 103 + 2 Laps 22 3
11 20   Scott Pruett Patrick Racing 103 + 2 Laps 5 2
12 28   Bryan Herta Team Rahal 100 + 5 Laps 17 1
13 5   Robby Gordon Walker Racing 98 + 7 Laps 7
14 18   Bobby Rahal Team Rahal 98 + 7 Laps 21
15 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 97 + 8 Laps 11
16 1   Raul Boesel Team Green 90 + 15 Laps 16
17 64   Dennis Vitolo Project Indy 87 Electrical 28
18 21   Teo Fabi PacWest Racing 86 Clutch 19
19 16   Stefan Johansson Bettenhausen Racing 50 Engine 20
20 9   Emerson Fittipaldi Hogan-Penske Racing 48 Accident 14
21 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman/Haas Racing 47 Accident 10
22 99   Greg Moore Team Forsythe 47 Accident 8
23 22   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Team Scandia 46 Radiator 27
24 4   Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing 39 Accident 2
25 36   Juan Fangio II All American Racers 29 Oil leak 26
26 25   Jeff Krosnoff Arciero/Wells Racing 23 Engine 23
27 31   André Ribeiro Tasman Motorsports 4 Accident 15
28 19   Hiro Matsushita Payton/Coyne Racing 1 Electrical 25
Sources:[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1996 Grand Prix of Long Beach weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 1 August 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  3. ^ "1996 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 1 August 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
Preceded by
1995 Grand Prix of Long Beach
Grand Prix of Long Beach Succeeded by
1997 Grand Prix of Long Beach