2012 Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach: Will Power Wins After Starting 12th

Will Power finished second in the Fast Six, but his Chevy powered car was penalized ten spots. He over came this for his second straight victory.

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2012 Long Beach Grand Prix: Will Power Takes The Checkered Flag

Will Power has won the 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after having to start the race in the 12th spot due to all Chevrolet engines receiving a ten spot penalty. It's Power's second straight victory, and moves him into first place in the Drivers' Championship standings. Simon Pagenaud finished second, almost catching Power on the final lap but Power was able to use the traffic on the track to stay ahead of Pagenaud who led for 26 laps.

James Hinchcliffe of Team GoDaddy.com finished third, but only because Ryan Hunter Reay was assessed a thirty second penalty for avoidable contact. Reay in his post race interview disagreed with the call. Takuma Sato was in third going into the last few laps, but had a technical issue and dropped down to eighth.

It was a violent race, which began with a crash on the first turn. Josef Newgarden smashed into the wall trying to pass Dario Franchitti, the two Honda engine drivers started first and second thanks to the Chevy penalties.

I turned out to be a good day for Chevy, who despite the penalties took two of the podium spots. Simon Pagenaud had to pit with less than ten laps to go, which allowed Power to take the lead. Power was able to stay in the lead despite Pagenaud pushing hard behind him, making a case for the Chevy engine's fuel economy.

Next for all the racers is the Sao Paolo Grand Prix, where certainly Brazilian drivers Helio Castroneves and Rubens Barrichello will be on display.

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2012 Long Beach Grand Prix: Accidents Galore Approaching Halfway Point

The 2012 Long Beach Grand Prix got off to an auspicious start, with Josef Newgarden crashing into the boards on the first turn of the race. Since then there have been three more yellow flag cautions involving Sebastian Bourdais, Marco Andretti, and Katherine Legge ending up in the tires and a Scott Dixon technical issue. On the second and third yellow flag cautions drivers were allowed to pit, giving opportunity to all sorts of strategies.

The second full course yellow of the day came when Bourdais simply lost control of his car flying into the tires. Justin Wilson was leading at the time, and came in to pit. Going back into green the leader was Takuma Sato with Dario Franchitti right behind him. This green lasted about two minutes before the next incident.

Marco Andretti driving the #26 RC Cola car had a death defying experience when trying to pass Graham Rahal. Rahal used what Andretti described as a chop to stop Andretti from passing, which lifted Andretti's left tires six feet off the ground and his whole car into a tailspin. Both drivers were penalized with Andretti taking the bigger penalty. Rahal's tail spoiler was taken off by Andretti's car.

Katherine Legge ended up in the tires at a different portion of the track. After these two incidents were cleared and the race went back to green, it immediately went to yellow again as Scott Dixon's car stalled on the track. Dixon is number two in the Driver's Championship standings, now out of the race with a technical issue.

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2012 Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach: A Look At The Favorites

With the 2012 rendition of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach set to begin at 12:30 PDT (live on NBC Sports Network), it's time to look at the favorites for today's race. Ryan Briscoe took pole position in yesterday's qualifying, with teammate Will Power right behind him. However, with a 10 spot grid penalty assessed to all Chevrolet engines, they'll have some ground to cover. Darlo Franchitti's Honda powered #10 car will start in the first grid position today.

Still, there are others that could be considered front runners. Helio Castroneves, also on Team Penske with Power and Briscoe, currently leads the Izod IndyCar Series point standings. He's had podium finishes in each of the first two races this year, ending more than a year long win drought taking first at St. Petersburg to kick off the season. Castroneves won Long Beach from pole position in 2001.

Just behind Castroneves in the point standings is Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Dixon finished 12th in yesterday's qualifying, but by virtue of his Honda engine will start in the fifth spot today. Trailing Castoneves by two points, he's finished second in each race this season. He has also led for the most laps in each race this year.

Rounding out the favorites is another Honda engine driver, Mike Conway. Conway won his first IndyCar race at Long Beach last year, passing Briscoe with 15 laps to go. Conway managed a top ten finish at Alabama, he would join a prestigious list of drivers that won back to back at Long Beach if he could pull it off.

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Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach 2012: Schedule Of Events For Sunday

The 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will commence on Sunday and conclude with the main event, an 85-lap IndyCar series race. Australian Ryan Briscoe has the pole position and the action is sure to be intense.

The race has been held annual in one form or another since 1975. Since 2009, the event has been a part of the IZOD IndyCar Series yearly calendar (similar to the Sprint Cup Series for NASCAR). Last year's winner was Mike Conway of the United Kingdom.

Here is the complete schedule of events for Sunday:

7 a.m. - Gates open
8 a.m. - FIL Practice
8:25 a.m. - PWC Qualifying
9:15 a.m. - IndyCar Practice
10:45 a.m. - Firestone Indy Lights Race
12:30 p.m. - IndyCar Pre-Race Ceremonies
1:15 p.m. (Approx.) - Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach IZOD IndyCar Series Race (85 laps)
3:40 p.m. - Team Drifting Challenge
4:15 p.m. - Pirelli World Challenge Race (1 hour)

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Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach 2012: Course Map & Route

On Sunday, the city of Long Beach will be host to the 2012 edition of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, an annual road race that has been taking place in Southern California since 1975 and is now a part of the IZOD IndyCar Series. The race will feature open-wheel Indy Cars taking 85 laps through the streets of Long Beach.

The cars begin by heading west along Shoreline before looping back around Toyota Square and hanging a hard left onto Pine Avenue. The drivers will then head eastbound on Seaside Way before turning right past Linden. A final hairpin turn will plant the racers back on Shoreline, where the lap will end and begin anew.

Here is the course map, courtesy of the official Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach website:

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For a larger PDF version of the map, you can click right here.

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Long Beach Grand Prix: Ryan Briscoe Claims Pole Position, Franchitti Starts First

Australian Ryan Briscoe took pole position at the Long Beach Grad Prix Qualifying Saturday afternoon with a best lap of 1:08.6089 in the Fast Six, passing up teammate Will Power on the final lap of the Fast Six.

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2012 Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach: Saturday Schedule Of Events

A look at all of the action from Long Beach.

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