2013 Long Beach Grand Prix: Part Three

Words by Matt Willis

Day three of the Long Beach Grand Prix was just as eventful as the rest, with a wide variety of action on the track all leading up to the headliner IZOD Indy Car race in the afternoon.

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First up was a parade of rare and exotic vehicles…

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Ford GT wearing the infamous Gulf racing colors…

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Ariel Atom…

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Beautiful McLaren MP4-12C…

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Another Gulf livery, this time on a V12 Vantage…

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427 Cobra…

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Love the color on this ACR Viper…

After the parade laps, a few ramps were set up for use by the stadium trucks. It was pretty neat to see them run the whole course together at once…

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You can tell these trucks are not set up for treading on flat ground…

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After the trucks finished, we headed across the track, ate, and then caught the IndyCar race from the north end of the course…

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James Hinchcliffe was the first victim of turn 1 traffic…

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Directing traffic to clean up the mess…

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Before long, the race was back to green flag conditions…

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Cutting it close…

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After the 3/4 mark, Takuma Sato began to lead the pack.

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As it became closer to the end of the race, drivers became more zealous and aggressive. Several cars ended up under the turn 1 bridge as a result of locking up the brakes…

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At the checkered flag, Sato finished first by less than a second’s gap. Congrats to him, as it was his first IndyCar win in over 52 race starts.

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After the race, the events came to a close and we headed out early in interest of the dwindling Sunday hours…

That concludes our coverage for the 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Thanks for reading! – Matt

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