The ethanol-fired screams of 675 HP twin-turbo V6 engines dominated the city of Long Beach yesterday as the 2014 IndyCar season made its way to Southern California. After strong race performances in St. Petersburg, Joseph Newgarden and Jack Hawksworth followed up by qualifying 4th and 5th, respectively- and that ahead of some big names. Still, they didn’t have enough in the tank to stay ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay’s DHL-sponsored Andretti Honda.
Hunter-Reay took the pole with a blistering 104.462 MPH average speed on the tight Long Beach circuit, lapping the course in just 01:07.82- or, some nine seconds faster than the race-winning Daytona Prototype from yesterday’s IMSA race.
Here’s how the rest of the field is going to line up- but pay attention to Juan Pablo Montoya’s Penske at the start, since he’s way back in the field due to a mechanical issue suffered during the opening rounds of qualifying. Graham Rahal, too, should be making fast work of the guys just ahead of him …
|Car No.||Driver||Engine||Grid Pos.|
|2||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevrolet||16|
… after ending up in last place. You can be sure that Graham is better than that, and should have a strong race around this fantastic street circuit. You can catch the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach later today on the NBC Sports live feed, or check in tomorrow morning for the full race results. Enjoy!