The 2012 Long Beach Grand Prix had a little something for everyone. You had Will Power overcoming starting in 12th place to win in a dramatic finish just ahead of his former teammate Simon Pagenaud, who finished a close second—to be be exact 0.8675 seconds in the 85-lap race.
For Power it was his second straight after winning in Alabama and it is now onto Brazil, where has been dominate. It also was the third win in a row for Team Penske and the Chevrolet engine that has made a very successful return to the IndyCar Series.
There were plenty of accidents and penalties that cost Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay any chance of challenging. Both was penalized, Hunter-Reay for 30 seconds after spinning Takuma Sato out of third with one lap remaining. Like Hunter-Reay, Castroneves was penalized 30 seconds for setting off the Lap 85 melee.
Lost in all of this madness was a fine race run by James Hinchcliffe, who did a good job of driving the 85 laps around the challenging Long Beach race course, staying out of trouble and putting himself in contention to make it to the podium.
Next up, they head to Brazil for the April 29 race—the Sao Paulo Indy 300—yet another street race.
Here is how everyone finished at Long Beach:
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