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2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

The 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was the 39th annual running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach,[2] and is also the third race of the 2013 IndyCar Series season, taking place on April 21, 2013 in Long Beach, California on its temporary street circuit. The race was won by Takuma Sato of A. J. Foyt Enterprises.

United States 2013 Long Beach
Race details
3rd round of the 2013 IndyCar Series season
Long Beach Street Circuit.svg
DateApril 21, 2013
Official nameToyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
LocationStreets Of Long Beach
Long Beach, California
CourseTemporary street circuit
1.968 mi / 3.167 km
Distance80 laps
157.44 mi / 253.375 km
WeatherTemperatures up to 81 °F (27 °C); wind speeds up to 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)[1]
Pole position
DriverDario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time1:07.2379
Fastest lap
DriverE. J. Viso (Andretti Autosport)
Time(on lap of 80)
Podium
FirstTakuma Sato (A. J. Foyt Enterprises)
SecondGraham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
ThirdJustin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

The first two rounds of the season were dominated by Andretti Autosport drivers James Hinchcliffe and defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, with Hinchcliffe winning the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and Hunter-Reay winning the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The defending race winner was Will Power.

QualifyingEdit

Dario Franchitti of Chip Ganassi Racing won his first pole position of 2013 after posting a qualifying lap speed of 105.369 mph (169.575 km/h) and a time of 1:07.2379. Ryan Hunter-Reay started in second with a speed of 105.282 mph (169.435 km/h), while Will Power and Takuma Sato started in third and fourth, respectively.[3] In the second group of the first session, Marco Andretti was penalized for interference, and did not advance, starting in 26th.[4]

Starting gridEdit

Row Inside Outside
1 10   Dario Franchitti 1   Ryan Hunter-Reay
2 12   Will Power 14   Takuma Sato
3 17   Mike Conway 3   Hélio Castroneves
4 27   James Hinchcliffe 11   Tony Kanaan
5 83   Charlie Kimball 5   E. J. Viso
6 15   Graham Rahal 4   J. R. Hildebrand
7 16   James Jakes 2   A. J. Allmendinger
8 7   Sébastien Bourdais 67   Josef Newgarden
9 77   Simon Pagenaud 22   Oriol Servià
10 55   Tristan Vautier (R) 78   Simona de Silvestro
11 6   Sebastián Saavedra 98   Alex Tagliani
12 18   Ana Beatriz 20   Ed Carpenter
13 19   Justin Wilson 25   Marco Andretti
14 9   Scott Dixon

RaceEdit

Pole-sitter Dario Franchitti dominated the first 28 laps before falling behind Will Power. Power led until lap 30, in which he pitted, giving the lead to Takuma Sato, who did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the race to win his first career race in 52 starts,[5] becoming the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar Series race.[6] The win was A. J. Foyt Enterprises' first victory since Airton Daré won the Ameristar Casino Indy 200 at Kansas in 2002.[7][8] Graham Rahal finished second, Justin Wilson and Franchitti finished third and fourth, respectively.[9] J. R. Hildebrand, Oriol Servia, Marco Andretti, Simon Pagenaud, Simona de Silvestro and Hélio Castroneves rounded out the top ten.[10]

ResultsEdit

 
Takuma Sato in car #14 (AJ Foyt Enterprises) during Long Beach Grand Prix 2013
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Laps Time/Retired Pit Stops Grid Laps Led Points1
1 14   Takuma Sato A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 80 1:50:08.7155 2 4 50 53
2 15   Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 80 + 5.3612 2 11 40
3 19   Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda 80 + 8.2386 3 24 35
4 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 80 + 12.3573 2 1 27 34
5 4   J. R. Hildebrand Panther Racing Chevrolet 80 + 28.2402 2 12 30
6 22   Oriol Servià Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 80 + 29.4683 2 18 28
7 25   Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 80 + 30.2703 3 25 26
8 77   Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Honda 80 + 31.8674 2 17 24
9 78   Simona de Silvestro KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 80 + 33.1224 3 19 22
10 3   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 80 + 33.4118 3 6 20
11 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 80 + 33.6278 3 26 19
12 16   James Jakes Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 80 + 35.0645 2 13 18
13 67   Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 80 + 35.8945 3 16 17
14 18   Ana Beatriz Dale Coyne Racing Honda 80 + 36.3442 3 22 16
15 7   Sebastian Bourdais Dragon Racing Chevrolet 80 + 36.5936 2 15 15
16 12   Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 80 + 43.0022 3 3 2 15
17 55   Tristan Vautier Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 80 + 51.7961 5 27 13
18 20   Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 80 + 56.4533 4 23 12
19 98   Alex Tagliani Barracuda Racing Honda 79 + 1 lap 5 21 11
20 11   Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 78 Contact 2 8 10
21 83   Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 78 + 2 laps 4 9 9
22 5   E. J. Viso Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 53 + 27 laps 5 10 8
23 2   A. J. Allmendinger Team Penske Chevrolet 51 Mechanical 4 14 7
24 1   Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 49 Contact 3 2 1 7
25 17   Mike Conway Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 38 Electrical 3 5 5
26 27   James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 34 Contact 1 7 5
27 6   Sebastian Saavedra Dragon Racing Chevrolet 1 Contact 0 20 5
Notes

1 Points include 1 point for leading at least 1 lap during a race, an additional 2 points for leading the most race laps, and 1 point for Pole Position.

Standings after the raceEdit

 
Helio Castroneves led the points standings after the race.
Pos. Driver Points
  1   Hélio Castroneves 99
  10 2   Takuma Sato 93
  1 3   Scott Dixon 89
  4   Marco Andretti 87
  4 5   Justin Wilson 81
  3 6   Ryan Hunter-Reay 73
  12 7   Graham Rahal 66
  8   Will Power 62
  2 9   Simona de Silvestro 62
  5 10   James Hinchcliffe 61
  • Note: Only the top ten positions are included.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Guide To The 39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach". KCBS-TV. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  3. ^ Peltz, Jim (2013-04-20). "Dario Franchitti wins pole position for Long Beach Grand Prix". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  4. ^ Weaver, Matt (2013-04-20). "IndyCar Long Beach 2013: Dario Franchitti scores much-needed pole". SB Nation. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  5. ^ Weaver, Matt (2013-04-21). "Takuma Sato captures Grand Prix of Long Beach to become first Japanese driver to win in IndyCar". SB Nation. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  6. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (2013-04-21). "Sato becomes 1st driver from Japan to win race". IndyCar Series. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  7. ^ Associated Press (2013-04-21). "Takuma Sato wins Long Beach to become 1st Japanese driver to win in IndyCar". Fox News Channel. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  8. ^ "Sato becomes first Japanese driver to win IndyCar race". USA Today. 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  9. ^ Peltz, Jim (2013-04-21). "Takuma Sato makes history with victory at Long Beach Grand Prix". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  10. ^ "2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-07-05.


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