Thursday, April 15, 2010

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Preview

The IZOD IndyCar Series begins their fourth round of the 2010 season by traveling west to Long Beach, California. The 1.9 mile street course will host its 36th consecutive open wheel event. The Long Beach Grand Prix is the longest running street course held on North America. Former winners include, Mario Andretti , both as a F1 driver and CART driver, Michael Andretti, Al Unser Jr, Danny Sullivan, Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves and most recently Dario Franchitti won the 2009 event.

TV Coverage – VERSUS
Saturday Qualification Show 6:00 EST
Sunday Race Coverage 3:30 EST / Green Flag drops at 4:15 EST

IndyCar Garage gives you a preview of the upcoming weekend’s action.

1. The event itself – Social time out in California

Over 170,000 fans will attend an action packed three day weekend of racing. The IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights, and a celebrity race will make for lots of action over the weekend. Fans are drawn to Long Beach merely for the social atmosphere and the beautiful scenery around the temporary street circuit. This event gives the IZOD IndyCar Series a great chance to showcase its racing and drivers to the west coast and make the most of a Hollywood type event, IndyCar style.

2. Team Penske going for win number four in the fourth race of the season.

Will Power, Will Power, Helio Castroneves, get the idea? Team Penske has started off the 2010 season with a bang and some fans and media are already comparing Penske’s 2010 to Penske’s 1994, when Penske dominated the 1994 CART schedule by winning 12 of 16 races and finishing 1-2-3 in the championship. It’s too early to predicate whether or not Helio, Briscoe and Power will go 1-2-3, but it’s fair to say that they are the team to beat this weekend and for the rest of the season. Penske ran three cars at Long Beach last year because of the Will Power/Helio Castroneves situation. Power qualified on the pole last year and finished second. 2010 should be no different and look for one of these three drivers to be taking the checkered flag on Sunday.

3. Excitement – CHECK , Drama – CHECK , Buzz – CHECK , Momentum – CHECK , High Car Count – CHECK , Invaded NASCAR Country Successfully – CHECK

The IZOD IndyCar Series is accomplishing tasks that haven’t been thought of in the last decade. We all know it’s very early and we’ve only completed three races on the season, but there is a great buzz about the IZOD IndyCar Series. Part of this is due in part to successful markets that the series has targeted and combined with some great racing on the road/street courses. The other major factors around the IZOD IndyCar Series right now is the involvement of IZOD and the new leadership direction that Randy Bernard has brought to the IRL CEO position that he took over on March 1st. Already Bernard has done several media inquirys and smoothed over feelings in a tense paddock. All of this brings us to Long Beach, arguably one of the top events on the schedule outside of the Indy 500. Look for another strong weekend of promotion, racing, and action for the IZOD IndyCar Series.

4. We’ve lost Linda - ?

For you loyal supporters of, most of you have come to know a common poster and member on the site, Linda from Iowa. Linda recently began a dispute with a group of karting members and waged war using as a battlefield. It was interesting to see the different comments, but in the end it wasn’t worth the time of everyone involved on We have removed all the threads between Linda and the Karters, and hope that peace can be restored on all fronts. In regards to Linda, she posted a good bye message Thursday morning, hopefully she finds her way back to at some point.

5. IndyCar Garage Weekly Podcast up and running

Check out the latest podcast of IndyCar Garage Weekly under the IndyCar Garage Weekly tab on the site. The show streamed live on last night at 6:30 EST. Several topics were covered, including the Barber recap, the new qualification format for the Indy 500 and a preview of the Long Beach race. IndyCar Garage Weekly streams live every Wednesday night at 6:30 EST.

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