Andretti Autosport Previews The Long Beach Grand Prix

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Andretti Autosport
LONG BEACH PREVIEW
Grand Prix of Long Beach

No. 28 DHL Honda

“The Long Beach Grand Prix is certainly one of the cornerstone events of the Verizon IndyCar Series. This race has so much history, it really is the Indy 500 of street courses. This event has also had a huge impact on my life, both personally and professionally over the years. We’ll be looking for Long Beach win number two for the DHL team this weekend.”

Current Points Standing: 4 (32pts.)

Long Beach IndyCar History

Number of Starts: 11        Best Start: 1 (2014)        Best Finish: 1 (2010)

No. 26 Honda

“Long Beach is a special place. Not just because of the history the track has, but I simply love the venue with incredible memories. I enjoy so much driving the streets of Long Beach and the team has good records there too. Fans are always great and there are several large Japanese communities around LA, so many Japanese fans turn up and some are actually flying directly from Japan too! The track is generally low grip, but characteristics are not far different from St. Petersburg, and we had a productive test at Sebring recently, so I expect we will be as competitive as we were in the opening round. Hopefully we have another strong race and we can enjoy one of the most special weekends on the calendar.”

Current Points Standing: 5 (31pts.)

Long Beach IndyCar History

Number of Starts: 7        Best Start: 4 (2013)        Best Finish: 1 (2013)

No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda

“The season had a decent start for us in St. Pete; as a team, we seem to be more competitive this year and we are hoping to back that up in Long Beach. Next to the Indy 500, the Long Beach race is my second favorite event. It has a ton of history, is a fun track and the fans are supportive. It’s a close second on my desired win list, with Indy being first, of course.”

Current Points Standing: 7 (26pts.)

Long Beach IndyCar History

Number of Starts: 8        Best Start: 8 (2014)        Best Finish: 6 (2009)
No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Honda

“I am so excited to be getting back to Long Beach with my NAPA Racing team. Not only is it one of my favorite races of the year, but we’ve also had quite a long break since St. Pete and we are ready to get some redemption. The progress from this winter has continued this past month and I look forward to translating that into some results at the first of my two ‘home tracks’ for the year.”
Current Points Standing: 11 (19pts.)

Long Beach IndyCar History
Number of Starts: 1        Best Start: 16 (2016)        Best Finish: 20 (2016)
FAST FACTS
  • The 2017 race distance has been increased by 5 laps to be an 85-lap race
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay has had a top-six grid position for six of his 11 Long Beach starts
  • Michael Andretti’s first and last career win as a driver came on the streets of Long Beach in 1986 and 2002, respectively
  • Marco Andretti sits just 10 laps away from recording 1,000 laps led in his IndyCar career
  • As a team, Andretti Autosport has been to Victory Lane twice in Long Beach (2010/Hunter-Reay, 2011/Conway)
  • The No. 27 of Marco Andretti will rebrand to the colors of United Fiber & Data for a total of seven events, with the first being Long Beach
  • Sato captured his first IndyCar victory in Long Beach in 2013 after starting fourth
  • Thirteen Hunter-Reay’s 16 career wins are from his time with Andretti Autosport, his first team win came in Long Beach in 2010

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

 

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