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2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

The 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was the third round of the 2016 IndyCar Series and the 42nd annual running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The race was contested over 80 laps on a temporary street circuit in Long Beach, California on April 17, 2016. Hélio Castroneves qualified on pole for the second consecutive race with a time of 1:07.1246. Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon started alongside him in second. Some confusion surrounded the second round of qualifying as timing and scoring malfunctioned. IndyCar officials would correct the mistakes caused by this and set the correct Fast Six qualifiers shortly after round two ended. Fast six qualifying was briefly delayed when Will Power clipped a tire barrier and went into a run-off area. Power started sixth due to his mishap.[1]

United States 2016 Long Beach
Race details
3rd round of the 2016 IndyCar Series season
Long Beach Street Circuit.svg
DateApril 17, 2016
Official nameToyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
LocationStreets of Long Beach
CourseTemporary street circuit
1.968 mi / 3.167 km
Distance80 laps
157.440 mi / 253.375 km
Pole position
DriverHélio Castroneves (Team Penske)
Time1:07.1246
Fastest lap
DriverCharlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time1:07.6661 (on lap 8 of 80)
Podium
FirstSimon Pagenaud (Team Penske)
SecondScott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)
ThirdHélio Castroneves (Team Penske)

Castroneves took the lead from the start and led 49 of the opening 51 laps. Behind him, Simon Pagenaud was able to move his way past Scott Dixon into second, while Dixon was scuffled down to fourth by the time the first round of pit stops came. During pit stops, Dixon was able to leapfrog Pagenaud and his teammate Tony Kanaan to move up to second. At the second round of stops, Dixon was able to pass Castroneves with quick pit work. However, Simon Pagenaud was able to move even faster and get out of the pits just ahead of Dixon, handing Pagenaud the lead of the race. Controversy surrounded this, though, as Pagenaud placed two tires over the blend line at the exit of pit lane while trying to beat Dixon to turn one. IndyCar officials let Pagenaud off with a warning for the incident, despite protests from Chip Ganassi Racing and Scott Dixon.[2] In the end, Pagenaud was able to hold on and take victory by 0.3032 seconds, the closest finish in the history of the Grand Prix of Long Beach. It was Pagenaud's first victory while driving for Team Penske and his first win since the second race of the 2014 Grand Prix of Houston.[3]

For only the 4th time in the history of the race, no full course caution occurred at any point.

Contents

ReportEdit

Key Meaning
R Rookie
W Past winner

QualifyingEdit

Pos No. Name Grp. Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
1 3   Hélio Castroneves W 2 1:07.4449 1:07.0645 1:07.1246
2 9   Scott Dixon W 1 1:07.5019 1:06.6459 1:07.4455
3 22   Simon Pagenaud 1 1:07.6822 1:07.0578 1:07.7410
4 10   Tony Kanaan 2 1:07.5998 1:07.0624 1:07.7951
5 2   Juan Pablo Montoya W 1 1:07.5156 1:06.9409 1:07.9054
6 12   Will Power W 2 1:06.9712 1:06.8659 No Time
7 5   James Hinchcliffe 1 1:07.6425 1:07.1415
8 14   Takuma Sato W 1 1:07.7038 1:07.2299
9 21   Josef Newgarden 2 1:07.4794 1:07.2548
10 26   Carlos Muñoz 2 1:07.3962 1:07.2663
11 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay W 1 1:07.7111 1:07.3171
12 19   Luca Filippi 2 1:07.6214 1:07.9660
13 18   Conor Daly R 1 1:07.7520
14 11   Sébastien Bourdais W 2 1:07.6432
15 83   Charlie Kimball 1 1:07.8065
16 98   Alexander Rossi R 2 1:07.6872
17 15   Graham Rahal 1 1:07.8841
18 7   Mikhail Aleshin 2 1:07.8513
19 8   Max Chilton R 1 1:08.3843
20 41   Jack Hawksworth 2 1:07.9929
21 27   Marco Andretti 2 1:08.2045
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

Race resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Engine Laps Time/Retired Pit Stops Grid Laps Led Pts.1
1 22   Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 80 1:33:54.4835 2 3 28 51
2 9   Scott Dixon W Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 80 +0.3032 2 2 2 41
3 3   Hélio Castroneves W Team Penske Chevrolet 80 +10.8376 2 1 47 39
4 2   Juan Pablo Montoya W Team Penske Chevrolet 80 +12.2162 2 5 32
5 14   Takuma Sato W A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 80 +12.2918 2 8 30
6 10   Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 80 +17.6267 2 4 28
7 12   Will Power W Team Penske Chevrolet 80 +18.7449 2 6 26
8 5   James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 80 +19.0362 2 7 24
9 11   Sébastien Bourdais W KVSH Racing Chevrolet 80 +22.9147 2 14 22
10 21   Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 80 +23.6654 2 9 20
11 83   Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 80 +24.2179 3 15 3 20
12 26   Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda 80 +40.1250 2 10 18
13 18   Conor Daly R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 80 +47.1809 2 13 17
14 8   Max Chilton R Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 80 +53.9106 3 19 16
15 15   Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 80 +56.9082 2 17 15
16 7   Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 80 +1:01.2966 2 18 14
17 19   Luca Filippi Dale Coyne Racing Honda 80 +1:08.0543 2 12 13
18 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay W Andretti Autosport Honda 80 +1:30.3302 3 11 12
19 27   Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 79 +1 Lap 3 21 11
20 98   Alexander Rossi R Andretti Herta Autosport Honda 79 +1 Lap 2 16 10
21 41   Jack Hawksworth A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 77 +3 Laps 3 20 9
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE
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.

Source for time gaps:[3]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "INDYCAR: Castroneves nabs Long Beach pole". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. April 16, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  2. ^ Pruett, Marshall (April 17, 2016). "INDYCAR: Hull questions lack of penalty". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Malsher, David (April 17, 2016). "Pagenaud scores his first win for Team Penske". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network, LLC. Retrieved July 18, 2016.

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