Fast Facts: Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach (includes entry lists)

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FAST FACTS: TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
IZOD INDYCAR SERIES RETURNS TO THE STREETS OF LONG BEACH

Race Broadcast
Sunday, April 21
4 p.m. (ET)
NBC Sports Network

Qualifying Broadcast
Saturday, April 20
6 p.m. (ET)
NBC Sports Network

Track
Streets of Long Beach
(11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street circuit)

Distance
80 laps/157.4 miles

Radio
IMS Radio Network XM 211/Sirius 211
2012 Race Winner
Will Power

2012 Pole Sitter
Ryan Briscoe
(1:08.6089, 103.264 mph)

Track Record
Sebastien Bourdais
(1:06.886,105.924 mph)
April 2006

First IZOD IndyCar Series event:
4/19/2009

Story Ideas:

Castroneves looks to continue points haul
With podium finishes in each of the first two races, Helio Castroneves leads the IZOD IndyCar Series standings for the second consecutive season heading to Long Beach. Can Castroneves, who won from pole at Long Beach in 2001, continue his strong start to the 2013 season by scoring another Long Beach win?

Dixon off to another strong start
Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon has staked an early claim to the 2013 crown. The New Zealand native has top-five finishes in the first two races of the season, including his fourth consecutive second-place finish at Barber on April 7. Can Dixon, who trails Helio Castroneves by nine points, continue his strong start and take his first victory at Long Beach.

Conway returns to site of first victory
In 2011, Mike Conway scored his first IZOD IndyCar Series win at Long Beach, passing Ryan Briscoe with 15 laps remaining. This year, the Englishman will make a one-off appearance with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, but remains a threat on the street course. Will Conway's one-race appearance pay off for Rahal Letterman Lanigan?

Power looks to get back to Victory Lane
Will Power won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2012, but hasn't visited Victory Lane in nearly a year. Power has a pair of wins at Long Beach. Can he join the prestigious list of back-to-back winners that includes Mario Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais, Paul Tracy, Al Unser Jr. and Alex Zanardi?

Kimball looks to wow in front of hometown crowd
A native of Camarillo, Calif., Charlie Kimball grew up with the circuit nearly in his back yard. The Rio Mesa High grad returns to his "home track" coming off a season-best fourth-place finish at Barber. Kimball finished second at Long Beach in 2010 while competing in Firestone Indy Lights. Can Kimball pull off another impressive finish in front of the hometown crowd?

Bourdais looks to pick up where he left off
Sebastien Bourdais looks to continue his mastery of the streets of Long Beach. Bourdais, who won three times on the circuit as part of his four consecutive Champ Car titles, races for L.A.-based team owner Jay Penske's Dragon Racing. Can the Frenchman take the hometown team to winner's circle this weekend?

Vautier impresses with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Rookie Tristan Vautier has shown he will be a force to be reckoned with in the IZOD IndyCar Series. The 2012 Firestone Indy Lights champion scored his first top-10 finish at Barber and has qualified in the Firestone Fast Six in each of his first two starts. With Honda powering his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car, could the fast Frenchman be the dark horse this weekend?

Bryan Herta Autosport makes Long Beach debut
Former IZOD IndyCar Series competitor Bryan Herta has found a second career on top of the pit cart as a team owner. Herta, the 1993 Indy Lights champion and multiple-time competitor at Long Beach, founded Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian in 2009 with partner Steve Newey. The team won the Indianapolis 500 in 2011 with Dan Wheldon and fields the Barracuda Racing Honda for Canada's Alex Tagliani. Can Tagliani use his knowledge of Long Beach to take Herta to the winner's circle?

Hinchcliffe looks to continue hot start
James Hinchcliffe started the IZOD IndyCar Series season by scoring his first Indy car win in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The former Sunoco Rookie of the Year returns to Long Beach, where he claimed his first podium finish last season. Can Hinchcliffe bounce back from disappointment at Barber and score another strong finish?

Dinger returns to The Beach
After a successful debut with Team Penske at Barber, California's AJ Allmendinger returns to the streets of Long Beach. Allmendinger, who made his name in open-wheel racing before moving to NASCAR, hopes to recapture the success he had as a Champ Car regular at Long Beach as he tunes up for his Indianapolis 500 debut.

Is luck changing for resurgent Andretti?
Offseason focus paid off in a podium finish for Marco Andretti at St. Petersburg and a top-10 finish at Barber. Now the third-generation driver looks to add to his family's success at Long Beach. Andretti has two top-five finishes in three starts on the street circuit, where his grandfather and father have five wins. Can Marco continue his strong start and add to the family's history at Long Beach?

Keep an eye on Simona
A strong sixth place at St. Petersburg showed that Simona de Silvestro is ready to have a breakout season. The Swiss driver looked poised to make a podium finish in her KV Racing Technology debut before fading to sixth. Can the Swiss Missile hit the target at Long Beach?

Rising stars seek breakthrough win
James Hinchcliffe claimed his first Indy car win at St. Petersburg and Charlie Kimball knocked on the door at Barber, showing that several more rising stars are looking to add their names to the win column. JR Hildebrand, Simon Pagenaud and Simona de Silvestro have built strong fan followings with their performances on and off the track, but each is looking for their first win in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Can one of the young stars break through at Long Beach?

American flyers
The IZOD IndyCar Series features a group of home-grown stars who represent the stars and stripes in the most diverse series in motorsports. Reigning series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Indy car race winners Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, Graham Rahal and AJ Allmendinger, plus rising stars JR Hildebrand, Charlie Kimball and Josef Newgarden all worked their way up the American open-wheel ladder to reach the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Race Notes:

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be the fifth INDYCAR-sanctioned event conducted at Long Beach. The street circuit has been hosting Indy car events since 1984. Will Power won the race in 2012, while Ryan Briscoe won the pole.

Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power are the only entered drivers with multiple wins at Long Beach. Bourdais won three-straight races from 2005-2007. Power won in 2008 and 2012. Other former race winners scheduled to compete are: Helio Castroneves (2001), Dario Franchitti (2009), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2010) and Mike Conway (2011).

The CART and Champ Car held 25 Indy car races at Long Beach from 1984-2008. Mario Andretti won the first Indy car race at Long Beach from pole in 1984.

Al Unser Jr., has won the most races at Long Beach (six), while Paul Tracy won four times. Mario Andretti and Sebastien Bourdais each have three wins. Michael Andretti, Will Power and Alex Zanardi have all won at Long Beach twice.

Team Penske drivers have won the last four poles at Long Beach. Ryan Briscoe won the pole in 2012, while Will Power claimed the pole in 2009-11. Other pole winners entered in this year's race are: Justin Wilson (2008), Sebastien Bourdais (2006-07), Helio Castroneves (2001) and Tony Kanaan (1999).

Four (4) drivers have won the race from the pole - Mario Andretti (1984, 1985 and 1987), Al Unser Jr. (1989-90), Helio Castroneves (2001) and Sebastien Bourdais (2006-07).

Twenty-six (25) drivers entered in the event have competed in Indy car races at Long Beach. Fifteen (15) of those drivers led laps: (Sebastien Bourdais 168, Will Power 160, Helio Castroneves 101, Ryan Hunter-Reay 70, Marco Andretti 64, Dario Franchitti 57,Tony Kanaan 51, Simon Pagenaud 26, Takuma Sato 16, Justin Wilson 16, Mike Conway 14, Oriol Servia 12, Alex Tagliani 4, Scott Dixon 3, E.J. Viso 1.).

Two drivers will compete in their first IZOD IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park: AJ Allmendinger and Tristan Vautier. Allmendinger made three Champ Car starts from 2004-2006 and won the Toyota Atlantics race there in 2003. Vautier competed on the track in Firestone Indy Lights.

Season to Date:

* James Hinchcliffe won the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It was the first win of his Indy car career. He was the 207th driver to win an Indy car race.
* Will Power won his 30th career Indy car pole at St. Petersburg.
* Tristan Vautier started his first career IZOD IndyCar Series race at St. Petersburg.
* Ryan Hunter-Reay won his 10th Indy car race when he won the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park from the pole position. It was the second time he had won a race from pole.
* There were four race leaders and four lead changes in the season-opening race at St. Petersburg.
* There were four race leaders and six lead changes in the season-opening race at St. Petersburg.

Milestones & Records:
* Should Dario Franchitti win the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship, he will join A.J. Foyt as the only drivers to win five Indy car titles in his career. Franchitti won the title in 2007 and again from 2009-2011. Foyt won seven championships in his career.
* With their next victory, either Dario Franchitti or Sebastien Bourdais will move into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time wins list. Franchitti and Bourdais are tied with Paul Tracy with 31 wins.
* With a victory in 2013, Scott Dixon will extend his streak of consecutive seasons with a win to nine.
* With his next victory, Scott Dixon will move into sole possession of ninth place (9th) on the all-time wins list. Dixon won his 29th race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 5, 2012 to tie Rick Mears for 10th place on the all-time wins list.
* With his next victory, Helio Castroneves will move into sole possession of 11th place on the all-time wins list. Castroneves, who won his 27th race at Edmonton City Centre on July 22, 2012, tied Johnny Rutherford for 12th with the victory.
* Helio Castroneves needs three earned poles to reach 40 career poles in his Indy car career.
* Will Power recorded the 30th pole of his Indy car career at St. Petersburg.
* Dario Franchitti needs one earned pole to reach 30 in his Indy car career.
* Scott Dixon needs two earned poles to reach 20 in his Indy car career.
* With one pole in 2012, Scott Dixon will extend his IZOD IndyCar Series streak to seven consecutive seasons.
* Scott Dixon's second-place finish at Barber was the 30th of his Indy car career. It tied Helio Castroneves, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Jr., and Bobby Unser for fifth on the all-time list.
* Helio Castroneves recorded his 108th top-five finish as an Indy car to pass Tony Kanaan and Gordon Johncock for 10th on the all-time list.
* Scott Dixon recorded the 100th top-five finish of his Indy car career at Barber Motorsports Park.
* Tony Kanaan will attempt to make his 199th consecutive start. Jimmy Vasser holds the all-time record of 211. Scott Dixon with 140 straight starts and Marco Andretti with 116 straight starts are the only other active driver with a streak of more than 100 consecutive starts.
* Ryan Hunter-Reay needs nine (9) starts to mark 100th consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series starts.

At-Track Schedule (all times local):

Friday, April 19
10:30-11:15 a.m. IZOD IndyCar Series practice
2:30-3:15 p.m. IZOD IndyCar Series practice

Saturday, April 20
10:40 - 11:25 a.m. IZOD IndyCar Series practice
2 -3:10 p.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Pole Qualifying
(Knockout qualifying & Firestone Fast 6 format)

Sunday, April 21
9-9:30 a.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Warm Up
1 p.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Pre-Race
1:40 p.m. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (80 laps/157.4 miles)
NBC Sports Network (Live)


IZOD IndyCar Series
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Streets of Long Beach, Calif.
Sunday, April 21, 2013

Car Driver Hometown Car Name Engine Entrant
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Fort Lauderdale, Fla. DHL Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
2 AJ Allmendinger Los Gatos, Calif. Penske Automotive Chevrolet Team Penske
3 Helio Castroneves Sao Paulo, Brazil Auto Club Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
4 JR Hildebrand Sausalito, Calif. National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet Panther Racing
5 E.J. Viso Caracas, Venezuela Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM Chevrolet Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM
6 Sebastian Saavedra Bogota, Colombia Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dragon Racing
7 Sebastien Bourdais Le Mans, France Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dragon Racing
9 Scott Dixon Auckland, New Zealand Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing
10 Dario Franchitti Edinburgh, Scotland Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing
11 Tony Kanaan Salvador, Brazil Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
12 Will Power Toowoomba, Australia Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
14 Takuma Sato Tokyo, Japan ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda A.J. Foyt Enterprises
15 Graham Rahal New Albany, Ohio Midas/Big O Tires Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
16 James Jakes Leeds, England Acorn Stairlifts Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
17 Mike Conway Bromley, England Blu eCigs Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
18 Ana Beatriz Sao Paulo, Brazil Ipiranga Honda Dale Coyne Racing
19 Justin Wilson Sheffield, England Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dale Coyne Racing
20 Ed Carpenter Indianapolis, Ind. Fuzzy's Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Ed Carpenter Racing
22 Oriol Servia Pals, Spain Panther DRR Chevrolet Panther DRR
25 Marco Andretti Nazareth, Pa. RC Cola Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
27 James Hinchcliffe Toronto, Canada GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
55 Tristan Vautier (R) Corenc, France Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
67 Josef Newgarden Hendersonville, Tenn. Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77 Simon Pagenaud Montmorillon, France Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports
78 Simona de Silvestro Thun, Switzerland Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
83 Charlie Kimball Camarillo, Calif. NovoLog FlexPen Honda Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing
98 Alex Tagliani Lachenaie, Canada Barracuda Racing Honda Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian

Twenty-seven cars entered. All cars use fourth-generation IZOD IndyCar Series chassis (IR12) and Firestone tires.
(R) – Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year Candidate
Issued: 4/15/2013

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FAST FACTS: LONG BEACH 100
2013 FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS SEASON CONTINUES AT LONG BEACH

Story Ideas:
2013 season continues at Grand Prix of Long Beach

Firestone Indy Lights continues its 2013 season on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. with the Long Beach 100. St. Petersburg race winner Jack Hawksworth leads the standings by 12 points over Barber race winner Carlos Munoz, with Peter Dempsey 24 points behind the leader. Can Hawksworth continue to hold the points lead after his first visit to The Beach?

Looking for a Long Beach three-peat
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports returns to Long Beach looking for its third straight win with a stout three-car lineup featuring star prospects of the Mazda Road to Indy. Jack Hawksworth, the 2012 Star Mazda champion, scored his first win at St. Petersburg while Sage Karam and Gabby Chaves have already recorded podium finishes. Can one of them add another Long Beach win?

Munoz returns to chase title
Carlos Munoz, who claimed two wins as a rookie in Firestone Indy Lights, returns to the series as part of Andretti Autosport's two-car lineup alongside rookie Zach Veach. Munoz, who will also compete in the Indianapolis 500, will race the No. 26 Dialy-Ser car in hopes of securing the Mazda Road to Indy scholarship to move to the IZOD IndyCar Series full time in 2014.

More for Team Moore?
Team Moore Racing returns to Barber Motorsports Park hoping to return to Victory Lane where James Hinchcliffe brought the team in 2010. Juan Pablo Garcia scored his first top-five finish at St. Petersburg, while former Firestone Indy Lights race winner Victor Carbone joined the team at Barber Motorsports Park. Can either of them bring the team its second win at Long Beach?

Belardi duo tries to build on St. Pete success
Belardi Auto Racing's Peter Dempsey and Jorge Goncalvez return to Long Beach in search of the team's first win. Dempsey, who is third in the standings, qualified second in his only start at Long Beach. Goncalvez, who has a pair of top fives, has never finished outside the top 10. Can the pair find success again in California?

Race Notes:

This is the fifth Firestone Indy Lights race at Long Beach. JR Hildebrand (2009) is the only driver to win at Long Beach and the Firestone Firehawk Cup in the same season.

Victor Carbone, Carlos Munoz and Jack Hawksworth are the only drivers who have previously won a race in Firestone Indy Lights entered in the Long Beach 100.

Five (5) rookie drivers are entered in the Long Beach 100. All will be making their first start at Long Beach.

Season To Date:
* Carlos Munoz won his first race of 2013 and his third career Firestone Indy Lights race at Barber Motorsports Park. Munoz also won his second Sunoco Pole Award of the season.
* Jack Hawksworth won in his Firestone Indy Lights debut at St. Petersburg. He became the 11th driver to win his debut in Firestone Indy Lights.

Milestones:
* Jack Hawksworth claimed his first career win at St. Petersburg. It was Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' seventh win at St. Petersburg.
* Gabby Chaves, Jack Hawksworth, Sage Karam, Ethan Ringel and Zach Veach made their series debut at St. Petersburg.

At-Track Schedule (all times local):

Friday, April 19
12:15 -1:15 p.m. Firestone Indy Lights practice

Saturday, April 20
8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Firestone Indy Lights practice
12:55 - 1:40 p.m. Firestone Indy Lights Sunoco Pole Qualifying (All cars/45 minutes)

Sunday, April 21
10:15 a.m. Firestone Indy Lights Long Beach 100 (45 laps/88.6 miles)
(Same-day tape delay, 3 p.m. (ET) April 21, NBC Sports Network)

Firestone Indy Lights
Long Beach 100
Streets of Long Beach, Calif.
April 21, 2013

Car Driver Hometown Car Name Entrant
2 Juan Pablo Garcia Mexico City TMR-International-Euclid Chemical Team Moore Racing
4 Jorge Goncalvez Los Teques, Venezuela Belardi Auto Racing Belardi Auto Racing
5 Peter Dempsey Ashbourne, Ireland Belardi Auto Racing Belardi Auto Racing
7 Gabby Chaves (R) Bogotá, Colombia Schmidt Peterson c/w Curb-Agajanian Schmidt Peterson c/w Curb-Agajanian
8 Sage Karam (R) Nazareth, Pa. Schmidt Peterson c/w Curb-Agajanian Schmidt Peterson c/w Curb-Agajanian
12 Zach Veach (R) Stockdale, Ohio K12/Andretti Autosport Andretti Autosport
22 Victor Carbone Sao Paulo, Brazil TMR-Nevoni-Xtreme Drilling & Coil Team Moore Racing
26 Carlos Munoz Bogotá, Colombia Dialy-Ser/Andretti Autosport Andretti Autosport
56 Matthew Di Leo (R) Innisfil, Canada MDL Racing/RES Precast MDL Racing/Peter Dragffy
77 Jack Hawksworth (R) Bradford, England Schmidt Peterson c/w Curb-Agajanian Schmidt Peterson c/w Curb-Agajanian

Ten (10) cars entered. All cars use Dallara chassis and Firestone tires.
(R) – Rookie
Issued: 4/16/2013

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The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season continues with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 21 on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. The race will be televised live at 4 p.m. (ET) by the NBC Sports Network (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, including on Sirius and XM Channels 211 and www.indycar.com. The next Firestone Indy Lights race is the Long Beach 100 on April 21 on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. The race will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. (ET) on April 21, immediately preceding the IZOD IndyCar Series race broadcast.

 
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