INDYCAR Previews

Preview – 2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

By Dylan Reynolds, The Open Wheel

The INDYCAR season continues this weekend with the NTT IndyCar Series Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach, California. The Open Wheel will be on-site covering the action all weekend so stay tuned to this site and our Twitter page @openwh33l for all of the latest news.


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NTT IndyCar Series Preview: Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach – Sunday, April 14, 2019 4:00PM (ET) NBCSN – Previous driver experience at Long Beach shows eight former winners in the field in Sebastien Bourdais (3), Will Power (2), Scott Dixon (1), James Hinchcliffe (1), Ryan Hunter-Reay (1), Simon Pagenaud (1), Alexander Rossi (1), and Takuma Sato (1). Rossi and Hinchcliffe have won the race in the last two years. Looking at box scores from 2018 and 2017, no one has finished in the Top 5 in each of the last two years. If that’s expanded to the Top 10, that list is Ed Jones, Graham Rahal, Josef Newgarden, and Hinchcliffe. My pick to win: Will Power – Even without much luck on race day this year, it’s hard for me to not believe in the king of qualifying in the NTT IndyCar Series. I like Power to add another pole to his three in thirteen Long Beach starts and finally have things go his way on race day in 2019 in Long Beach. The Penske cars are almost always fast at Long Beach and this weekend should be no different, though competition with the Andretti and Ganassi cars should be strong.

My picks: Will Power, Felix Rosenqvist, Graham Rahal, & Colton Herta – You know my thoughts on Power. Rosenqvist could have won at St. Pete and is lightning quick on street courses. Rahal was able to qualify in the Firestone Fast 6 in each of the last two years at Long Beach and his RLL team is faster than ever this year so that bodes very well for him. Herta continues to show pace everywhere and if he wins this weekend his primary sponsor King Taco is giving away tacos. That’s good karma…