Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Tag

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer LONG BEACH, Calif. – Charlie Kimball was one of two drivers who failed to qualify for the 105th Indianapolis 500. He hasn’t been back in an Indy car since, but that’ll change this Sunday at Long Beach, Kimball’s home circuit. Driving the third AJ Foyt Racing entry, the Camarillo native told Motorsports Tribune Thursday this weekend will symbolize a proper end of a crushing Month of May. “It’ll be nice to close the loop a little bit on the Month of May because not qualifying forRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor LONG BEACH, Calif. – Coming off his win one week ago, Colton Herta found himself in familiar territory on Friday’s opening practice for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach with his Andretti Autosport Honda at the top of the board. Reminiscent of his run on the Streets of Nashville back in August, Herta’s car looked to be out of control around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street course, but the clock doesn’t lie as the 21-year-old put up a lap of one minute, 9.268 seconds toRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is both a homecoming and a dream realized for NTT IndyCar Series rookie Jimmie Johnson. The Southern California native, who grew up attending races in Long Beach in his younger days before moving over to the stock car ranks and eventually winning seven NASCAR Cup Series championship, had long dreamed of being able to climb behind the wheel of an open-wheel car to compete in the annual IndyCar race on the streets of Long Beach.Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer LONG BEACH, Calif. – A new chapter will begin for Andretti Autosport’s No. 28 team in 2022, announcing Friday that Romain Grosjean will compete in the entire 17-race schedule for the organization next season. Grosjean will replace Ryan Hunter-Reay in one of the sport’s most recognizable cars. DHL will also stay with the team as it’ll be their 12th straight year sponsoring the No. 28 Honda-powered entry. In his first 12 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Grosjean has won a pole and reached the podium three times,Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer LONG BEACH, Calif. – Road to Indy will look different on the Indy Lights side of things next season. Penske Entertainment President and CEO Mark Miles confirmed Friday that Penske Entertainment will take over sanctioning body and promotional operations. This role that was previously run by Andersen Promotions. Dan Andersen’s entity will continue running the other two RTI divisions (Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000) beyond 2021. “It has been our pleasure and honor to oversee the promotion and organization of Indy Lights for these past eightRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer LONG BEACH, Calif. – After 15 rounds of hard fought racing, the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series championship trail will end this Sunday. Destination? Long Beach – the site of the finale and the sports’ most prestigious street race. A tremendous amount of storylines will be settled. One of the major headlines is indeed who’ll be hoisting the Astor Cup after Sunday’s finale. One man who controls his destiny is championship leader Alex Palou. The Chip Ganassi Racing competitor who entered the sport last year as aRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jack Harvey will bid farewell to Meyer Shank Racing after Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. What started as just an Indianapolis 500 gig in 2017 turned into a long-term relationship in which the No. 60 organization has grown a lot. In 46 starts with MSR, Harvey has scored three top-fives, including a podium in the 2019 Indy Grand Prix. Despite Sunday being the end of a five-year tenure, it’s business as usual for Harvey. Not a weekend of mourning, butRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer For the first time ever, Southern California’s most prestigious race won’t commence as the 46th Annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, which also includes the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race, is officially cancelled. The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach confirmed its fate Tuesday as the drivers, teams and fans alike will have to wait until April 16-18, 2021 to return at the 1.968-mile street circuit. The obvious reason for its cancellation is because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the first four INDYCARRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer As the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, which resulted in the first four races (St. Petersburg, Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach and Circuit of the Americas) being postponed, INDYCAR CEO Mark Miles held a teleconference Friday regarding what the sport will do going forward. “Obviously this is an incredibly fluid situation. The entire world is dealing with it. It changes by the hour,” Miles said to start off the call. “The President of the United States is goingRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Motorsports venues will be a ghost town around the world as Formula One, INDYCAR and NASCAR will not hold any form of racing this weekend and beyond due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. FORMULA ONE WON’T RETURN UNTIL END OF MAY A day after Formula One’s Australian Grand Prix was cancelled, the FIA announced that both the Bahrain Grand Prix (March 20-22) and inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix (April 3-5) will be postponed. Although the Dutch Grand Prix (May 1-3) would be the new first official race,Read More