RACE REPORT: No stopping Rossi victory on streets of Long Beach

Alexander Rossi has capped off a weekend of redemption with a dominant win at the iconic Grand Prix of Long Beach. Driving for Andretti Autosport, Rossi led 71 out of 85 laps and crossed the finish line 1.2secs ahead of Team Penske’s Will Power.

Rossi got away well from pole and stormed away from the rest of the pack. Just behind, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal made contact with 2016 champion Simon Pagenaud, putting the Frenchman into a spin at Turn 1 on the opening lap. Rahal was handed a drive-through penalty for his efforts.

Back at the front, Rossi controlled the race and built up a lead over nine seconds by Lap 34. Rossi only surrendered the lead during the cycle of pits stops as he powered home to take the third victory of his IndyCar Series career, and the 58th for Andretti Autosport.

Having started second and leading for six laps, Power finished second behind Rossi. It is the 63rd time the Australian has stood on the podium in his career which puts him 16th on the all-time IndyCar list.

Ed Jones tied his career best results at last year’s Indianapolis 500 with third place for Chip Ganassi Racing. Meanwhile, Rossi’s team-mate and IndyCar rookie Zach Veach scored his career-best result with fourth.

Ed Jones of Chip Ganassi Racing finished third in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda, tying the career best that the second-year driver accomplished in last year’s Indianapolis 500. Rookie Zach Veach placed a career-best fourth in the No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda for Andretti Autosport. Rahal recovered from his penalty to complete the top five.

Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais was on a charge and made some sensational overtaking manoeuvres over the course of the race. However, his charge came to an abrupt end on Lap 72 when Ed Carpenter Racing rookie Jordan King ran into the back of Bourdais at the final hairpin turn, triggering the fourth and final full-course yellow.

The IndyCar Series returns to action Sunday, April 22 with the Grand Prix of Alabama at the scenic Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Fans can watch the race live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the INDYCAR Radio Network.


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