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Hinchcliffe takes Long Beach Indy Lights win

Although he saw his victory streak halted at two. Vernay remains the series points leader heading to round four on the hallowed overl at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"This morning the car was perfect in warm-up, and I was feeling confident, but then, during the race, I didn't really understand what was wrong with the car or what was happening," the Frenchman reported, "It was difficult for me to stay behind Charlie and Hinchcliffe, but I am happy to be in the front of the championship and, as a rookie, I feel great about my season to this point."

Saavedra survived his brush with Kimball to come home in fourth place, grateful to add to his points haul, while Kimball's AFS/Andretti team-mate, Martin Plowman, rounded out the top five.

The 45-lap race was punctuated by four cautions for eight laps, mostly for spins or crashes down the field. No-one was hurt, but Hinchcliffe admitted that he could have done without the pace car appearing and re-appearing.

“The restarts were certainly not what I wanted," he confessed, "I didn't think I had it won until I saw the checkered flag. Yellow breeds yellow and, by the fourth one, it was getting to me - I was frustrated at the end.”

One of those came when arguably the star of the race, Britain's James Winslow, found himself without any steering, courtesy of bolts that had worked loose and left the steering wheel in his lap.

The Sam Schmidt Motorsport driver had raced from 14th on the grid - after losing a gearbox in qualifying - to sixth, and was catching Plowman when he suffered a 100mph shunt.



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Scott Dixon rolls out of pitlane during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz with a champagne surprise (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrating his victory (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrates victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrates victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway in action in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway poses for pictures after victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway poses for pictures after victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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