Indycar: A Long Beach photo gallery


Indycar had another thrilling race at the Long Beach GP and Jim Fonseca was there to catch the action


Luca Filippi

LONG BEACH, Calif. – With the confluence of skill, experience and horsepower at their fingertips, Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and team principals in mid-March universally forecast another ultra-competitive season.

So far, they’re spot on.


Tony Kanaan

There have been three different winners in as many races, and the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 26 offers an opportunity for another driver to make their mark. A fourth different winner to start the season would match 2014, which produced an Indy car record-tying 11 different winners in 18 races.


Carlos Munoz

Will it be Ryan Hunter-Reay, who has won the past two years on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course? Or will reigning series champion Will Power rebound from 20th place in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach — his worst finish since May 5, 2013, in Brazil – for his third victory in six races in Birmingham, Ala.?

The depth of the competition is impressive; the margin for victory slim.


Carlos Munoz

Three-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon followed Juan Pablo Montoya and James Hinchcliffe in Victory Circle on April 19 by winning the 41st race on the seaside streets of Long Beach by 2.2221 seconds over Verizon P1 Award winner and track record-holder Helio Castroneves of Team Penske.


Sebastian Bourdais

Dixon’s 36th career win, which broke a tie with Bobby Unser for fifth on the all-time Indy car list, vaulted the veteran driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car to fourth in the championship standings.


Scott Dixon

“I think we’d definitely like to build on it, and the only way we’re going to do that is to win races,” said Dixon, who started the season with 15th- and 11th-place finishes. “I’m very lucky to be with a team like Team Target. All but one win has been with this team, so a huge amount of credit goes to them as a team for enabling me to take it to the winner’s circle a lot of the time.”


Gabby Chaves

Montoya placed third in the 80-lap race for his third consecutive top-five finish and maintains the championship lead, though it shrunk from 10 points to three over Castroneves. Tony Kanaan, Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing Teams teammate, is 26 points behind Montoya.


Sebastian Saavedra

“Another podium is great for the points battle,” said Montoya, driver of the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. “Two podiums in three races is a bit different start than we had last year (two top fives in the opening five races) and that is something I’m very proud of.”


Luca Filippi

The series championship has been decided in the finale the past nine seasons, and drivers and team principals also forecast in the preseason that the trend will hold in 2015.

“It’s about being consistent and being smart,” said Montoya, the 1999 CART champion.


Ryan Hunter-Reay


Charlie Kimball


Ryan Hunter-Reay


Sebastian Bourdais


Will Power


Luca Filippi


Sebastian Bourdais


Simon Pagenaud


Helio Castroneves


Will Power


Juan Pablo Montoya

Photos by Jim Fonseca

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