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April 11, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Two French drivers topped the speed charts in Friday's second practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the second race of the season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Simon Pagenaud turned the fastest lap at 102.457 mph at the 1.97-mile, 11-turn course on the city's seaside streets. Three-time Long Beach winner Sebastien Bourdais was second with a speed of 102.440 mph. They were followed by rookie Jack Hawksworth, defending Long Beach winner Takuma Sato and two-time Long Beach winner Will Power.
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April 11, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
No matter where he starts Sunday's race, veteran IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan believes he is sitting pretty. Kanaan, a fan favorite who won the Indianapolis 500 for the first time last year, was hired by the powerhouse team of Target Chip Ganassi Racing this year. The 39-year-old Brazilian took over the car formerly driven by his good friend Dario Franchitti, the four-time IndyCar champion who retired after being seriously hurt in a crash in Houston last October. Kanaan qualified second and finished sixth in the season opener March 30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be his second race driving Ganassi's No. 10 car. Kanaan has never won Long Beach and his best finish in 10 starts was third in 2009.
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October 3, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The IndyCar series returns from a monthlong layoff with a doubleheader in Houston this weekend that could tighten the championship battle at the season finale in Fontana. Helio Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner still seeking his first series title, holds a 49-point lead over two-time champion Scott Dixon. Simon Pagenaud, Marco Andretti and reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay -- who are 70, 71 and 74 points behind Castroneves, respectively -- still have an outside shot as well.
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April 11, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Two French drivers topped the speed charts in Friday's second practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the second race of the season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Simon Pagenaud turned the fastest lap at 102.457 mph at the 1.97-mile, 11-turn course on the city's seaside streets. Three-time Long Beach winner Sebastien Bourdais was second with a speed of 102.440 mph. They were followed by rookie Jack Hawksworth, defending Long Beach winner Takuma Sato and two-time Long Beach winner Will Power.
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April 11, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
No matter where he starts Sunday's race, veteran IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan believes he is sitting pretty. Kanaan, a fan favorite who won the Indianapolis 500 for the first time last year, was hired by the powerhouse team of Target Chip Ganassi Racing this year. The 39-year-old Brazilian took over the car formerly driven by his good friend Dario Franchitti, the four-time IndyCar champion who retired after being seriously hurt in a crash in Houston last October. Kanaan qualified second and finished sixth in the season opener March 30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be his second race driving Ganassi's No. 10 car. Kanaan has never won Long Beach and his best finish in 10 starts was third in 2009.
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August 5, 2013 | wire reports
Kasey Kahne got the jump on Jeff Gordon off the final restart with two laps left and pulled away to win at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Kahne had the car to beat for the final half of Sunday's 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race until a late caution bunched up the field. Gordon, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, took the lead and seemed poised to win his first race of the season. After the final caution, Kahne was strong enough this time off the restart in the No. 5 Chevrolet.
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June 2, 2013 | Wire reports
Tony Stewart made a late outside pass on Juan Pablo Montoya and held on Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway to end a winless streak at 30 races. Stewart hadn't even had a top-five finish this season and was stuck in 20th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings. He took the lead with the pass with three laps left in the 400-mile race. Seven-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson appeared to have the car to beat but jumped a restart and had to serve a pass-through penalty.
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April 15, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
This year's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach perhaps was best summed up by James Hinchcliffe, who finished third, when the driver was asked to describe the IndyCar race: "I don't know where to start," he said. Indeed, in a race that at times bordered on chaotic because various pit-stop strategies, penalties and accidents kept shuffling the leaderboard, Australian Will Power emerged with his second Long Beach victory. Power, who won the race on the city's ocean-side streets in 2008, was running low on fuel and had to slow slightly in the closing laps Sunday but held off a charging Simon Pagenaud.
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April 15, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Australian Will Power held off a charging Simon Pagenaud to win the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, Power's second consecutive win in the Izod IndyCar Series. Pagenaud finished second, James Hinchcliffe was third and Tony Kanaan took fourth. With five laps left in the 85-lap race on Long Beach's seaside streets, Power was about five seconds ahead of Pagenaud. But Power was running low on fuel, and as he slowed slightly in the final laps to conserve fuel Pagenaud slashed his lead to less than one second.
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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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October 3, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The IndyCar series returns from a monthlong layoff with a doubleheader in Houston this weekend that could tighten the championship battle at the season finale in Fontana. Helio Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner still seeking his first series title, holds a 49-point lead over two-time champion Scott Dixon. Simon Pagenaud, Marco Andretti and reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay -- who are 70, 71 and 74 points behind Castroneves, respectively -- still have an outside shot as well.
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August 5, 2013 | wire reports
Kasey Kahne got the jump on Jeff Gordon off the final restart with two laps left and pulled away to win at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Kahne had the car to beat for the final half of Sunday's 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race until a late caution bunched up the field. Gordon, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, took the lead and seemed poised to win his first race of the season. After the final caution, Kahne was strong enough this time off the restart in the No. 5 Chevrolet.
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June 2, 2013 | Wire reports
Tony Stewart made a late outside pass on Juan Pablo Montoya and held on Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway to end a winless streak at 30 races. Stewart hadn't even had a top-five finish this season and was stuck in 20th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings. He took the lead with the pass with three laps left in the 400-mile race. Seven-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson appeared to have the car to beat but jumped a restart and had to serve a pass-through penalty.
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April 15, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
This year's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach perhaps was best summed up by James Hinchcliffe, who finished third, when the driver was asked to describe the IndyCar race: "I don't know where to start," he said. Indeed, in a race that at times bordered on chaotic because various pit-stop strategies, penalties and accidents kept shuffling the leaderboard, Australian Will Power emerged with his second Long Beach victory. Power, who won the race on the city's ocean-side streets in 2008, was running low on fuel and had to slow slightly in the closing laps Sunday but held off a charging Simon Pagenaud.
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April 15, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Australian Will Power held off a charging Simon Pagenaud to win the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, Power's second consecutive win in the Izod IndyCar Series. Pagenaud finished second, James Hinchcliffe was third and Tony Kanaan took fourth. With five laps left in the 85-lap race on Long Beach's seaside streets, Power was about five seconds ahead of Pagenaud. But Power was running low on fuel, and as he slowed slightly in the final laps to conserve fuel Pagenaud slashed his lead to less than one second.
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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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June 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
After missing the start of the race because his helicopter couldn't find a place to land, Denny Hamlin rallied to take the checkered flag in the NASCAR Busch Series AT&T 250 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., Saturday night. But because a substitute driver, Aric Almirola, started the race in Hamlin's car, NASCAR officially will credit Almirola with the victory.
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