Rossi Takes Long Beach IndyCar Win

Will Power and Ed Jones Join Rossi On Podium

Scott Stiller
April 16, 2018 - 8:23 am
Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda

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Alexander Rossi's dominating performance on the city streets powered the Andretti Autosport driver to victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.  Rossi led all but 14-of-85-laps on the 11-turn, 1.986-mile temporary street circuit.

"I can't really put into words how good the car was all weekend," the California native said about his third career win.  "I got to win in my home state of California in front of all my family and friends.  It's a good feeling now.

Team Penske's Will Power finished second, 1.2413-seconds behind Rossi and said he could run the leader down but didn't have enough for him.

"On the restarts, I couldn't get close," Power said.  "I think the Verizon Team Penske car had better top end, but their drive out of the hairpins was really good."

Chip Ganassi Racing's Ed Jones finished third in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda, tying a career best for the second-year driver from Dubai.

"I'm really pleased with the result," Jones said.  "It's just my third race with the team and I was able to equal my best result in the Verizon IndyCar Series."

Andretti Autosport's Zach Veach finished a career-best fourth and Graham Rahal rounded out the Top 5, despite being penalized for punting Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud out of the race on Lap 1.

"The rears (tires) locked up and I barely made the corner," Rahal said.  "I'm sorry about what happened to Simon.  That's not how I like to do things.  I'm really disappointed in myself and disappointed in the way it all began, but I'm proud of the Total team for the way it finished."

The win vaulted Rossi to the top of the Championship Standings with 126-points.  Team Penske's Josef Newgarden sits second with 104-points and Rahal sits third with 93-points.

The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to action Sunday April 22 with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, the road course in Birmingham, Alabama.