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.



First up was a parade of rare and exotic vehicles…


Ford GT wearing the infamous Gulf racing colors…






Ariel Atom…

Beautiful McLaren MP4-12C…


Another Gulf livery, this time on a V12 Vantage…

427 Cobra…

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…















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



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





James Hinchcliffe was the first victim of turn 1 traffic…



Directing traffic to clean up the mess…


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




Cutting it close…

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


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…





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.

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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