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Views from the pits at Long Beach – Friday morning

April 19, 2014

This year’s 40th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach marked my personal 40th race working the Roar by the Shore, which has become my home. I live just three short blocks from the circuit. I spent a lot of time walking the track this weekend and taking photographs. Thanks to the great staff at INDYCAR, I was able to wander the pits on Friday morning during practice and this is what I found:

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The Legend, AJ Foyt atop the timing stand for Takuma Sato… unfortunately, he wasn’t able to be there in 2013 when Taku won.

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INDYCAR set up a box at the end of the Verizon IndyCar Series pits for drivers to practice their standing starts. Here, 2013 champion Scott Dixon takes a stab when the red lights are extinguished.

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Graham Rahal didn’t have the weekend he was hoping for at Long Beach after finishing second last year.

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Rookie Jack Hawksworth made the Firestone Fast Six in qualifying, which made team co-owner Bryan Herta rather happy (see below)

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One happy team owner, Bryan Herta.

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You might not have guessed Mike Conway would win his second Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after practice and qualifying, but he took advantage of others’ misfortunes and came home with the ultimate prize for Ed Carpenter Racing. Bravo!

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Since Conway has elected to run road and street courses only, JR Hildebrand takes over the second ECR entry at the 98th Indianapolis 500

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Mikhail Aleshin is taking to the Indy cars quite nicely. He finished 6th on Sunday.Image

Tony Kanaan during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, about to discuss setups with the team led by Chris Simmons, a former Indy Lights standout!

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Helio Castroneves ponders his next move…Image

Don “The Snake” Prudhomme is very active in Indy car racing, learning the craft with Chip Ganassi Racing

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