Will powers home for second at Long Beach

Mindy Sparks
April 16, 2018

Alexander Rossi cruised to the pole Saturday for the IndyCar race Sunday through the downtown streets of Long Beach.

Dixon lies sixth on the season points table after three races. Even when we saw him at Phoenix, on the oval.

With a chance to race an exceptionally fast Honda on the Long Beach streets in front of about 60 friends and relatives, Rossi showed everybody what they might have missed.

In a Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach filled with as many twists and turns as the course it took place on, Rossi's dominant win was the only thing that was certain from the start.

"I can't really put into words how good the vehicle was all weekend", Rossi told NBCSN. "The crowds, the atmosphere, the energy, it is overwhelming here".

Coming into Sunday's race, there had been different winners in the last six races at Long Beach. It's a pleasure to be able to come here and race. "I will remember this for a long, long time".

Rossi waited on pit lane until the final minute in qualifying. "We were able to get the pole out of the way (Saturday) and the race win (Sunday)".

The 2016 Indianapolis 500 victor and veteran of five Formula One races hadn't won since Watkins Glen last year, but he had put his speedy vehicle in position to win this year both in St Petersburg - where he instead made late contact with rookie Robert Wickens - and again last weekend in Phoenix, where he finished third.

"I certainly hope I haven't peaked too early with those three, " Rossi said of his impressive array of conquered tracks.

"I think he's going to be tough to beat in the championship", Power said. Another of his teammates, rookie Zach Veach, almost put his auto on the podium, finishing fourth, just behind Chip Ganassi's Racing's Ed Jones.

Graham Rahal managed to bring home his RLL racing vehicle home in fifth place despite having to serve a drive-through penalty for contact with Simon Pagenaud on the opening lap of the race, the collision sent the Frenchman hurtling into the wall causing irreparable damage to the Penske auto.

Rossi was a contestant on the most recent season of the CBS reality show The Amazing Race alongside fellow driver Conor Daly, who attended the race in Long Beach despite not now having an IndyCar ride.

The former series champion and 32-time race victor took the lead in the 25th lap, but was overtaken by eventual victor Alexander Rossi who pulled away with nine laps to go for his third IndyCar victory. He had been off to a discouraging start to the season, with his Team Penske Chevrolet back in 14th in the points standings before his standout drive in Long Beach. At the end of the day, I mean, Rossi was just too fast all day. And the common body kit was a really, really good idea. "That's pretty much all we had".

While Josef Newgarden, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves and Will Power were duking it out for the Verizon IndyCar Series championship, Rossi had already put 2017 in the rear-view mirror.

Power took the lead when Rossi pitted on the 25th lap, but Rossi moved right back in front on the 32nd lap.

Scott Dixon had worked his way up to second place, but was forced to serve a drive-through penalty for stopping on pit road for service before he was allowed to do so under De Melo's caution. Gurney and promoter Chris Pook joined forces in 1973 to convince Long Beach officials to hold a race on the city's streets along its ocean side. Other notable, more experienced drivers continued to make errors throughout the race, Sebastian Bourdais made a daring move into Turn 1 passing Scott Dixon, Spencer Pigot and then proceeded to dive up the inside of Mathius Leist. The last yellow waved on Lap 72 when Ed Carpenter Racing rookie Jordan King ran into the back of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan driver Sebastien Bourdais in the final hairpin turn.

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