Honda takes first and second, Verizon IndyCar Long Beach Grand Prix
Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series Long Beach Grand Prix competition was tight, with several contacts and off-track episodes experienced during the 167.3 mile, 83 lap event. A great day for Honda performance fans, Canadian James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports took the flag for the win, with Sebastien Bourdais, 4 time Champ Car Champion, of Dale Coyne Racing, advancing from a 12th place grid start, to place second, in a very competitive, tire to tire temporary Grand Prix street course. Here’s what I predicted Friday.
By the end of the event, Honda had out shined Chevy power, but it was darn close
With first and tenth place (Graham Rahal) separated by a mere seconds, the 2017 Verizon IndyCar series is shaping up to be the closest manufacturer’s cup runs in series history. Of course, our money’s on Honda.
My Torque News hat is off to Simon Pagenaud for making up 16 positions off the starting grid (21) for a 5th place finish. He’s definitely the hard charger of the day with the team backing of Team Penske Racing. Starting last, due to a penalty earned during qualifying, Pagenaud exemplifies the no holds bar competitive spirit of IndyCar. Well done.
Photo Attributions: IndyCar.com 2017