Long Beach - Sunday - Close
Some notes from before, during, and after the race:
Ran into a representative from the Houston race on the grid - she told us that the Houston races would indeed run during the day because a TV slot couldn't be found that would allow for a night race. So if you're going, stock up on the sunscreen and water because it will be HOT in late June.
Also shared was that new, higher grandstands are being brought in to improve sightlines for the fans. And, yes, the grandstand at Turn 5 - where Dario Franchitti's incident took place - is not coming back for 2014.
Conway, Ed Carpenter Racing Surprises With Win At Long Beach
Long Beach could have a new king.
Mike Conway won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the second time in four years, becoming the unexpected winner of the 40th annual race.
Ryan Hunter-Reay dominated most of the race, but he triggered a seven-car accident 24 laps from the finish when he tried to overtake Josef Newgarden. The incident eliminated both Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport driver James Hinchcliffe - who were running 1-2 -- as well as Newgarden, rookie Jack Hawksworth and Tony Kanaan.
The accident opened the door for Scott Dixon to win at Long Beach for the first time. But he was short on fuel by roughly half a lap and stopped for a splash of E85 with two laps to go. That gave Conway the lead, and the British driver cruised to his third career victory.