Long Beach IndyCar: Alexander Rossi dominant for Andretti Autosport

Dominik Wilde
Autosport
Rossi dominates Long Beach race again
Rossi dominates Long Beach race again

Alexander Rossi put on a masterclass to win IndyCar's Long Beach Grand Prix for the second consecutive year and claim Andretti Autosport's 200th win across all categories.

Poleman Rossi led from the outset, with his only true challenges for the lead coming from Scott Dixon both at the start of the race and on the restart following an early caution period.

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Josef Newgarden increased his championship lead to 28 points by finishing second - but was 20 seconds back from Rossi.

Newgarden, who had to contend with a minor electrical issue at the start of the race, was able to cut Rossi's lead twice by pitting later and making the most of the clear air ahead to set fast in-laps.

While he was able to cut the gap to Rossi on both occasions, it was never by enough to have any real bearing on the race lead.

But Newgarden's pace prior to his second pitstop allowed him to emerge ahead of Dixon, who had run in second for much of the race but had a refuelling problem during his own second stop.

Though that cost Dixon considerably, he had never looked like a credible threat for the race win.

He lost out to Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay as well as Newgarden in that pit delay on lap 56 of 80.

Rahal, who started sixth on the grid, pitted before the leaders during the final cycle of stops, and his strong pace on older tyres compared to his rivals allowed him to finish third on the road.

But immediately after the race he was relegated to fourth because the stewards judged that Rahal had blocked Dixon during a last lap battle between the pair.

Rossi dominates Long Beach race again
Rossi dominates Long Beach race again

Hunter-Reay ended up fifth, passed by Dixon while running on old tyres and needing to save fuel late on.

Simon Pagenaud took his best finish of the year so far in sixth, one spot ahead of Penske team-mate Will Power - who faced a pair of difficulties during the race that cost him a chance of a podium finish.

Power had an overboost issue shortly before half-distance that slowed him at the hairpin, then locked up at the first turn and went down the escape road on the following lap while trying to defend from a move by Dixon.

Takuma Sato, who dominated last time out at Barber Motorsports Park, finished eighth, ahead of James Hinchcliffe, while Felix Rosenqvist recovered from his qualifying shunt to complete the top 10.

Colton Herta was the only driver not to make it to the end of the race. IndyCar's youngest-ever winner had shown strong pace and had ran in the top 10 for most of the race until contact with the Turn 9 wall on lap 50 ended his race.

Rossi dominates Long Beach race again
Rossi dominates Long Beach race again

Jack Harvey finished three laps down after being involved in a lap one collision at Turn 2 with Spencer Pigot and Marcus Ericsson.

The incident brought out the only caution of the race. Ericsson was judged to have caused the collision and was given a penalty. The Formula 1 convert was classified 20th and two laps down.

Race result

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Laps

Gap

1

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

85

1h41m35.5999s

2

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

85

20.2359s

3

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

85

25.5745s

4

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

85

26.4589s

5

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

85

29.3447s

6

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

85

31.5193s

7

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

85

33.0529s

8

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

85

34.2879s

9

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

85

40.4643s

10

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

85

41.3241s

11

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

85

49.9110s

12

Patricio O'Ward

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

84

1 Lap

13

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

84

1 Lap

14

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

84

1 Lap

15

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

84

1 Lap

16

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

84

1 Lap

17

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

84

1 Lap

18

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

84

1 Lap

19

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

83

2 Laps

20

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

83

2 Laps

21

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

83

2 Laps

22

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Dallara/Honda

82

3 Laps

23

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

50

Contact

Drivers' standings

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Josef Newgarden

166

2

Alexander Rossi

138

3

Scott Dixon

133

4

Takuma Sato

116

5

Ryan Hunter-Reay

96

6

Will Power

93

7

James Hinchcliffe

93

8

Sebastien Bourdais

91

9

Graham Rahal

90

10

Colton Herta

88

11

Simon Pagenaud

87

12

Felix Rosenqvist

80

13

Marco Andretti

78

14

Jack Harvey

65

15

Spencer Pigot

63

16

Marcus Ericsson

61

17

Patricio O'Ward

56

18

Santino Ferrucci

56

19

Tony Kanaan

56

20

Zach Veach

55

21

Ed Jones

50

22

Max Chilton

47

23

Matheus Leist

46

24

Ben Hanley

21

25

Charlie Kimball

13

26

Kyle Kaiser

12


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