- James Hinchcliffe, Honda, win a Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
- Sebastien Bourdais follows adult St. Petersburg feat with runner-up finish during Long Beach
- Honda drivers lead all 85 laps, explain 4 of a tip 6 finishing positions
Returning to Southern California, where he found celebrity as runner-up final winter in “Dancing with a Stars”, James Hinchcliffe took his Honda into a lead of Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Lap 63 and never looked back, winning a final 22 laps for his fifth career Verizon IndyCar Series feat and initial win of 2017.
The win was also a second in as many events for Honda to start a 2017 Indy automobile season, as Sebastien Bourdais followed adult his feat during a season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with a second-place outcome currently on a perfectionist Long Beach proxy travel circuit.
Hinchcliffe and his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports group done their winning pierce on Lap 56 of a 85-lap Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, as he stayed on lane for one additional path after his primary rivals pitted. The additional speed supposing by using that path giveaway of traffic, and an glorious array stop from a Schmidt Peterson crew, gave Hinchcliffe a lead for a final 22 laps and a victory.
Despite carrying to array during a finish of a initial path to reinstate a behind wing shop-worn from contact, Sebastien Bourdais again took advantage of both speed in his Honda and glorious array plan from his Dale Coyne Racing group to pierce by a field. He was using a plain third in a shutting laps when second-place Ryan Hunter-Reay was forced out of a competition with automatic issues. Bourdais finished 1.4-seconds behind Hinchcliffe during a checkers.
As standard during a travel circuit race, hit and automatic issues possibly slowed or separated several probable Honda contenders. Tony Kanaan twice had his swell hindered by hit and ensuing damage, and Mikhail Aleshin also came into hit with other cars twice before finishing 12th. In further to Hunter-Reay, a front-running Honda of Alexander Rossi also forsaken out with automatic issues on Lap 62.
On a happier note, Scott Dixon recovered from an early-race array plan play that failed, to miscarry for fourth during a checkers for Chip Ganassi Racing, while rookie Ed Jones done an glorious Long Beach debut, with a 2016 Indy Lights champion concealment sixth place today.
Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda Verizon IndyCar Series, as good as Acura IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar and Pirelli World Challenge movement in Long Beach, are being posted on a “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel. Produced by a Carolinas Production Group, a video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
After a weekend off for Easter, a Verizon IndyCar Series subsequent heads easterly to Barber Motorsports Park nearby Birmingham, Alabama, for a Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, to be televised live on a NBC Sports Network during 3 p.m. EDT Sunday, Apr 23.
James Hinchcliffe (#5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) started 4th, finished 1st, 5th career Indy automobile victory: “After Indy, and personally, for me, Toronto, Long Beach is a biggest competition to win. I’ve had a lot of fitness here. We’ve been unequivocally discerning here in a past and to finally get to Victory Lane here is some-more than we can put into words. Forty-three years running, this place has a lot of history. That’s what drivers unequivocally caring about. The biggest of a greats have won here. Toronto, Indy and this place were on my bucket list to win before we die, and it’s good to check this one off.”
Sebastien Bourdais (#18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda) started 12th, finished 2nd, continues to lead a Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship: “We played to a strengths. I’ve always been flattering gentle saving fuel, and [the race] only came to us. After a final restart, we was only perplexing to hang on to second place; we didn’t unequivocally have a really good change in a automobile during a finish to follow James [Hinchcliffe] for a win, so we attempted to reason on to second. Fortunately, we were means to do so. It’s still really early in a season, though it’s always improved to be heading a championship rather than chasing!”
Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s competition and 2nd uninterrupted IndyCar Series feat of 2017: “It’s been a flattering good start to a season. Winning a initial dual races of a deteriorate – and generally this one, during one of a ‘home’ marks here in Long Beach – creates for a flattering gratifying start. However, we commend there still are improvements to be made. Congratulations to James for his initial win given entrance behind from his 2015 pile-up during Indianapolis, and to Sebastian for a scarcely ideal start to a 2017 season. We’re happy to win in front of all a Honda associates and their families, though there will be no let-up, as a subsequent competition will be in front of a Alabama family during Barber Motorsports Park.”
Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Circuit: Long Beach Convention Center (1.968-mile proxy travel circuit), Long Beach, CA
Weather: Mostly clear, mild, 68 degrees F
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