2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
The 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was the third round of the 2018 IndyCar Series and the 44th annual running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The race was contested over 85 laps on a temporary street circuit in Long Beach, California on April 15, 2018. Alexander Rossi won both the pole and the race.
|3rd round of the 2018 IndyCar Series season|
|Date||April 15, 2018|
|Official name||Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach|
|Location||Streets of Long Beach|
|Course||Temporary street circuit|
1.968 mi / 3.167 km
167.28 mi / 269.21 km
|Driver||Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport)|
|Driver||Josef Newgarden (Team Penske)|
|Time||1:07.5511 (on lap 30 of 85)|
|First||Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport)|
|Second||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|Third||Ed Jones (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
Rossi maintained the lead position on the start. Will Power, who had qualified alongside Rossi on the front row, also held his position in second. Behind the leaders, Graham Rahal made contact with Simon Pagenaud, forcing the latter into the wall and out of the race. Rossi's lead remained at about 3.5 seconds from lap seven to lap 25, when he made his first pit stop. He would regain the lead after the other drivers made their own stops, holding it for most of the rest of the race. Rossi's victory moved him to the lead in the Drivers' Championship points standings, 23 points ahead of Josef Newgarden, who finished seventh in the race.
|Pos||No.||Name||Grp.||Round 1||Round 2||Firestone Fast 6|
|2||12||Will Power W||2||1:07.5874||1:06.5709||1:06.9054|
|3||22||Simon Pagenaud W||2||1:07.5481||1:06.9057||1:06.9107|
|4||9||Scott Dixon W||1||1:07.7897||1:06.8341||1:07.0483|
|7||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay W||1||1:07.7058||1:07.1415|
|8||5||James Hinchcliffe W||2||1:07.6893||1:07.1899|
|9||18||Sébastien Bourdais W||2||1:07.5662||1:07.1943|
|10||6||Robert Wickens R||1||1:07.9894||1:07.2289|
|12||20||Jordan King R||1||1:08.2933||1:07.6427|
|14||4||Matheus Leist R||2||1:08.1622|
|16||26||Zach Veach R||2||1:08.1763|
|17||60||Jack Harvey R||1||1:08.8207|
|21||19||Zachary Claman DeMelo R||1||1:09.1429|
|22||30||Takuma Sato W||2||1:08.6340|
|24||32||Kyle Kaiser R||2||No time|
|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.
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included.
- Malsher, David (April 14, 2018). "Long Beach IndyCar: Brilliant Rossi beats the Penskes to pole". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
- Malsher, David (April 15, 2018). "Long Beach IndyCar: Rossi dominates race to grab championship lead". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved June 6, 2018.