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Views from race day at 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

April 19, 2014

As always, it was a beautiful day, with mild temperatures and mostly sunny skies. In fact, it’s never rained on the LBC come race day, although we’ve had rain on Friday and Saturday.

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The Who’s Roger Daltry was the lucky recipient of a two-seater ride with the legend, Mario Andretti. Here they are before the ride.

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Simona de Silvestro returned to Long Beach to visit friends – and she’s got plenty around here.

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The field gets underway, less Sebastian Saavedra who was helped to the start by the Holmatro Safety Team. Plenty of smoke from the tires – and look how far back eventual winner Mike Conway is!

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If you’ve ever wondered how close photographers get to the cars in Long Beach’s hairpin, now you know!

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I went back to the fountain turn (about a mile) to get some more pics of the cars coming through and managed to capture Ryan Hunter-Reay before his optimistic passing attempt right after this turn. What was he thinking?

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Note the use of the GoPro camera by the tire carrier, to help Carlos Huertas’ crew work on their pit stops for Dale Coyne Racing.

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Juan Pablo Montoya’s return to the Long Beach streets yielded a fourth place result. It helps to race somewhere he’s been before…

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Mike Conway exults after winning his second Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

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Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and point leader Will Power on the podium with the ladies and their trophies

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Boys and their toys

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After drenching his crew on the other side of the podium, Conway takes off looking for the Chevrolet brass and his father and brother, who’d come to take in the race.

 

This was really a grand Long Beach race meeting. Sure there were problems – it’s racing, after all – and I’m still trying to figure out why RHR thought there was enough space in Turn 4 to pass Josef Newgarden. There’s barely enough space in that turn to, um, turn the car! And a few of the calls made by Race Control, including the lack of a wrist-slap for Hunter-Reay and Will Power, who nearly ended the day of former teammate Simon Pagenaud (he recovered to finish fifth) still have me scratching my head.

 

By Anne Proffit

 

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