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April 15, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Willy T. Ribbs is not going to the Indianapolis 500 this year--except perhaps as a spectator--but he says that it's only a matter of time, and getting the right equipment.
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April 19, 2010 | Jim Peltz
Ryan Hunter-Reay is known as a pretty face of IndyCar racing — in addition to Danica Patrick, of course — in good part because he's an advertising centerpiece of the sport's series sponsor, Izod clothing. On the racetrack, though, the 29-year-old Hunter-Reay has endured a career that hasn't always been so attractive. He has bounced between different teams and, before Sunday, had won only one race in the last four years. But Hunter-Reay hasn't forgotten how to race and, now at the helm of a capable car from the Andretti Autosport team on a part-time basis, the Floridian drove a dominant and emotional race to win the 36th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
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April 8, 2005 | Shav Glick
Eighteen Champ Car drivers will take their first round of time trials today for the 31st Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The 81-lap race will be run Sunday over a 1.97-mile, 11-turn course laid out on the streets of Long Beach. Paul Tracy of Canada, winner of the last two Long Beach races, and Sebastien Bourdais of France, Champ Car series champion, top an entry list that includes six rookies. After a practice session at 10:15 a.m., the Champ Car field will begin qualifying at 2 p.m.
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November 6, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
The Champ Car World Series will return to opening its season in Long Beach next year after a short-lived attempt to launch the auto racing series' schedule in Las Vegas. The series Monday unveiled a 14-race schedule for 2008 starting with the 34th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 20. The race is held on a 1.97-mile temporary street course in the city. Champ Car opened its season this year on a temporary street course in downtown Las Vegas.
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April 14, 1991 | MIKE KUPPER, TIMES ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Singer Donny Osmond and former Indianapolis 500 winner Parnelli Jones were winners in the pro-celebrity race Saturday at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Osmond, taking the lead from actor Craig T. Nelson in the first turn of the first lap, led the rest of the way in the 10-lap race, gaining the overall victory.
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April 13, 1992 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It appeared that Al Unser Jr. would win a record fifth consecutive Indy car race through the streets of Long Beach when he felt a tap behind him. From his teammate, Danny Sullivan, of all people. The tap was enough to spin Unser around, allowing Sullivan, Bobby Rahal and Emerson Fittipaldi to slip past. It occurred three laps from the finish of the 105-lap race Sunday and Sullivan held on to become the first driver other than an Andretti or an Unser to win the Toyota Grand Prix.
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April 24, 1990 | Jim Murray
I've finally figured out what they're going to put on my epitaph. Are you ready for this? "He Led the Long Beach Grand Prix for a Lap and a Half." You heard me. I was in front of the pole sitter and all 25 drivers in that sucker. I had an Unser, an Andretti, Fittipaldi eating my dust. I had Johnny Rutherford shaking his fist at me. Lots of guys have led the Long Beach Grand Prix at the start. But how many of them did it riding backward?
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April 13, 1997 | MIKE KUPPER, TIMES ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Actor Sean Patrick Flanery, to be seen soon in a movie called "Independence," showed plenty of it Saturday in winning the pro-celebrity race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
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April 13, 1999 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twenty-five years ago, when race cars first thundered down Long Beach's Ocean Boulevard with the Queen Mary as a backdrop, Chris Pook's dream was fulfilled and he said "Monte Carlo west" best described his first Grand Prix of Long Beach. This weekend, with cars still racing through the streets of Long Beach, but down on the flat where Shoreline Drive curves along in front of Marina Park and Rainbow Harbor, Pook now calls it "the world's fastest beach party."
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April 18, 1999 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So much for primary cars. Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and their crews made the decision Saturday to switch to their backup cars for the final qualifying session for today's 25th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Kanaan, one of nine Brazilians in the 27-car starting lineup, posted a lap of 107.454 mph in his Honda-Reynard over the narrow, demanding, 1.824-mile street circuit with its 11 turns. Running right behind Kanaan, Franchitti ran second-fastest, 107.412 mph, in another Honda-Reynard.
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April 16, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Before the Champ Car World Series began its season, three-time and reigning titleholder Sebastien Bourdais said the series' new race car would "level the playing field" and make it tougher for him to repeat as champion. Perhaps, but not at Long Beach. Bourdais dominated the field again Sunday, winning the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the third consecutive year -- a feat last achieved when Al Unser Jr. won four consecutive races on the city's seaside streets from 1988 through 1991.
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April 15, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
His name might sound like a publicist's bad joke, but there's nothing funny about how quickly Will Power is proving he belongs in the big leagues of open-wheel auto racing. After being named rookie of the year in the Champ Car World Series in 2006, Power, 26, started this season by winning the series' opening race on the streets of Las Vegas a week ago. It was his first Champ Car victory and the first series win by an Australian. Power, who drives the No.
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April 14, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Australian driver Will Power, proving his first Champ Car World Series victory last week was not a fluke, won the provisional pole position Friday for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Team Australia driver nipped defending race winner and reigning series champion Sebastien Bourdais by .05 of a second in posting the fastest lap in the opening round of qualifying. Champ Car uses a two-day qualifying format.
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April 13, 2007 | JIM PELTZ
1_NASCAR's Nextel Cup series returns from a two-week break with the Samsung 500 at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Drivers will be back in their conventional cars after running two races in NASCAR's new Car of Tomorrow. However, they will return to the new car April 21 for a night race at Phoenix International Raceway. 2_Speaking of returns, Mark Martin plans to race at Texas after taking off two races for the first time in his 25-year career.
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April 13, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Sebastien Bourdais has dominated the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and the overall Champ Car World Series, in recent years. But he's the first to say that's unlikely to happen again this season. As qualifying starts today for Sunday's race on the seaside course in the streets of Long Beach, Bourdais has plenty of competition -- starting with his new teammate, 18-year-old rookie Graham Rahal. Why?
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April 11, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
The Champ Car World Series returns to Long Beach for its annual April race Sunday, but the series otherwise is heading in unfamiliar directions. With hopes all but dashed that Champ Car might reunite with the Indy Racing League in a single U.S. open-wheel racing series, Champ Car is pursuing an independent course with six new U.S. and foreign venues, several rookie drivers and a new race car.
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April 19, 1999 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once again, it appears that Chip Ganassi, champ car racing's developer of champions, has taken on another project for Formula One. The way Juan Pablo Montoya, his rookie CART FedEx driver from Colombia, dominated the 25th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach before close to 100,000 fans on Sunday, it will probably be only time--perhaps a year or two--before he returns to his roots in F1. As did his predecessor at Target/Chip Ganassi Racing, Alex Zanardi.
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April 15, 1999 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Long Beach gets ready for the 25th running of the Toyota Grand Prix, America's No. 1 street race remains a financial godsend and bellwether for the city's struggling downtown. Locals not into auto racing often grouse about the noise, traffic and general insanity of the event, which begins this Friday and runs through the weekend, leading up to the big race Sunday. But you don't hear any complaints from City Hall.
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March 30, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
Citing conflicts with the Toyota Grand Prix, Long Beach Opera has rescheduled dates for its production of Grigori Frid's "The Diary of Anne Frank." The performances that had been scheduled on April 13 and 15 at the Lincoln Park parking garage in Long Beach have been scrapped. The company will perform at that site instead on April 21 at 4 p.m. Opening night will now be April 17 at 8 p.m. at the Sinai Temple parking structure in West Los Angeles.
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April 10, 2006 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
He crashed during provisional qualifying Friday, but Germany's Andreas Wirth put an exclamation point on a dominant weekend by winning from the pole Sunday in the season opener of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Wirth, driving for the four-car team owned by Gerald Forsythe, held off Brazilian Raphael Matos of the single-car Sierra Sierra Enterprises team by 0.840 of a second after 32 laps around the 1.97-mile circuit.
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