Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
• Race 3 of 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season (April 17-19). It is the 41st race on the streets of Long Beach, Calif., under the governance of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. … This weekend marks the 32nd Indy car event on the street circuit. Mario Andretti won the first Indy car race in 1984. Mike Conway was the 2014 race winner.
• Entry list: 23 cars entered
• Tickets and event information: www.gplb.com
• Twitter: @ToyotaGPLB, #TGPLB; @IndyCar, #IndyCar, @IndyCaronNBCSN
• TV: NBCSN race telecast at 4 p.m. (ET) April 19; taped qualifying telecast at 6 p.m. (ET) April 18. Brian Till is the chief announcer alongside analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller are the pit reporters.
• Web: Live streaming video of Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires practice and qualification sessions, in conjunction with real-time Timing & Scoring and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts is available on RaceControl.IndyCar.com.
• INDYCAR 15 app: Verizon Wireless puts fans in the driver's seat with its INDYCAR 15 app, which has been enhanced with features such as an interactive 3D live view with real-time leaderboard and car telemetry to see where a fan's favorite driver is positioned, in-car camera video streaming from cameras that move 360 degrees and driver to pit crew conversation. Download it today.
• Radio: Paul Page is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. All Verizon IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 213, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR 15 app.
Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying is broadcast on Sirius 213, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com, and the INDYCAR 15 app. Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions are on RaceControl.IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR 15 app.
• Get in the game: Fantasy racing returns to the Verizon IndyCar Series with the launch of the #INDYRIVALS Fantasy Challenge driven by Firestone. INDYCAR’s newest fantasy game allows fans to become team manager by fielding a four-driver lineup for each Verizon IndyCar Series race with a stockpile of prizes on the line each week as the stars of the series go wheel-to-wheel for race wins. Sign up today.
Circuit: 1.968 miles, 11 turns (clockwise)
Race laps: 80 (157.4 miles)
Push-to-pass parameters: 10 activations for 20 seconds each
Pit box dimensions: 40 x 15 feet
Race weekend fuel: 60 U.S. gallons of Sunoco E85 for practice/qualifying and 60 gallons for race
Tires: Four sets of Firestone Firehawk primary tires and three sets of alternates for the race weekend
Verizon IndyCar Series on-track times (all times local - Pacific Time):
Friday, April 17:
12:30-1:15 p.m. - Practice 1
3:45-4:30 p.m. - Practice 2
Saturday, April 18:
10-10:45 a.m. - Practice 3
2 p.m. - Three rounds of qualifications, including Firestone Fast Six
Sunday, April 19:
10-10:30 a.m. - Final Warm-up
1:37 p.m. - Green Flag for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Qualifications: Three rounds of knockout qualifying to determine the Verizon P1 Award winner and set grid. Twelve cars from Segment 1 (six quickest from Groups 1 and 2 of 10 minutes of track time) advance to 10-minute Segment 2. Top six from Segment 2 advance to 10-minute Firestone Fast Six session. … Ryan Hunter-Reay earned the Verizon P1 Award in 2014 (1 minute, 7.8219 seconds; 104.462 mph).
Points: Driver, entrant and engine manufacturer receive points corresponding to their finish in the race (manufacturer points are awarded to the top three race finishers). Bonus points for driver/entrant also are awarded for Verizon P1 Award (1 point), leading the most laps (2 points) and leading a lap (1 point). Engine manufacturer bonus points are awarded for Verizon P1 Award (1 point) and leading the most laps (2 points).
Of note: A Verizon IndyCar Series driver autograph session is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. April 17 in the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock. ... Donald Davidson is voicing vignettes leading up to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2016 during the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network’s pre-race shows. … The race marks the second on a street circuit with the diverse aerodynamic bodywork packages supplied by Chevrolet and Honda. Will the track record be challenged? ... The race marks the 275th Indy car race for AJ Foyt Racing. ... Team Penske drivers have won four of the past six poles at Long Beach, including Will Power 2009-11. … Four drivers have won the race from the pole – Michael Andretti (1984, 1985 and 1987), Al Unser Jr. (1989-90), Helio Castroneves (2001) and Sebastien Bourdais (2006-07). Andretti’s last Indy car victory came at Long Beach in 2002. … Nineteen drivers entered have competed in an Indy car race at Long Beach. Twelve have led laps, with Bourdais leading the most at 168. … Honda, which claimed two of the three podium spots in the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on April 12, holds a 187-8 lead over Chevrolet in the Manufacturer Championship. ... Acclaimed stage and screen actor Sir Patrick Stewart is the grand marshal. Will he say, “Drivers, start your engines. Make it so?” … Concerts featuring Molotov (April 17) and Vince Neil of Motley Crue (April 18) highlight the entertainment schedule. A Lifestyle Expo in the Long Beach Arena features a Family Fun Zone that includes rock climbing walls, video games and action sports demonstrations.
He said it: “I had some success at Long Beach, but the last few years have been more difficult. However, based on how good the KVSH Racing car has been so far this season I am looking forward to having a good race. Also, you have to remember that my team owner Kevin Kalkhoven co-owns the race so I think the entire team would like to do well for him.”
-- Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Chevrolet, who has won three times at Long Beach