Long Beach Grand Prix 2014: IndyCar
Words by Tim Wong
It’s been an incredibly busy year with all the automotive and non-automotive events. Running this blog and the sister blog, Novus Machine, there’s been a constant flow of new content throughout the year. To my surprise, I found that the blog missed half of the Long Beach Grand Prix coverage so here’s the rest of the event.
The annual LBGP event is one of the great racing events in Southern California taking place in at the Pike in the streets of Long Beach.
Walking through the paddock when the cars like this DHL Honda are being prepped for racing is an amazing sight.
SRT Viper GTS-R was racing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship this year.
From Indycar to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship to the Pirelli World Challenge, just the variety of cars running in various series at the same event is staggering.
Cinsay AndrettiTV.com HVM Honda driven by Carlos Munoz
Mazda and Speedsource had two Lola LMP2s running the SkyActiv-D engines.
Team Falken Tire running their signature Porsche 911 RSR
Corvette Daytona Prototype
Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia GT2
BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTLM lifted on high end air car jacks
Moving from the paddock to the main race
Ryan Briscoe in the TNT Energy Drink / NTT Data
Takuma Sato in the ABC Supply Co.
Scott Dixon in the Target car
Mike Conway in Fuzzy’s Vodka car and Carlos Munoz in Cinsay / AndrettiTV.com car
Some intense close proximity racing with some contact between Ryan Hunter-Reay in the DHL car and James Hinchcliffe in the United Fiber & Data
Oriol Servia in the Mi-Jack car
Josef Newgarden in the Hartman Oil car
Graham Rahal in the National Guard car
Sebastien Bourdais in the Circle K / Mistic Electronic Cigarettes car
Midway through the race, I noticed this piece of the road coming out and snapping every time car ran over it. After the race, some maintenance workers finally went out there to remove it.
Not every car makes it to the finish