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Long Beach - Race result

Will Power overcame a ten-place grid penalty to claim his second win of the season in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach ahead of a superb Simon Pagenaud.
Penske's Will Power followed up his victory in Alabama with a second win of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, on the streets of Long Beach in California.

Power qualified in second place but was demoted to 12th on the grid as part of a mass penalty inflicted on all Chevrolet cars for a decision by the manufacturer to change every engine currently in use. That led to a jumbled grid with cars of very mixed abilities fighting side-by-side, but Will Power kept away from the inevitable incidents and put himself in with a fighting chance of victory by sticking strictly to a two-stop fuel strategy.

Power's main threat in the closing lap came from Schmidt/Hamilton Motorsports' Simon Pagenaud, who went for a three-stop strategy allowing him to turn up the fuel in the closing laps and hunt Power down, closing by over a second per lap but finally running out of time to strike for the lead when the white flag came out and slower traffic also became an issue.

Polesitter Dario Franchitti was involved in a first lap incident that put Josef Newgarden out, while Marco Andretti exited the race on lap 22 when contact with Graham Rahal briefly launched him into the air. Takuma Sato was denied a top three finish when he was spun on the penultimate lap by Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Rubens Barrichello was spun at the hairpin by Helio Castroneves on the final lap which also ended up involving James Jakes and Oriol Servia to completely block the track. Hunter-Reay and Castroneves both received 30-second post-race penalties for causing their respective accidents.

A full race report is now available.

Race results

1. #12 Will Power Chevrolet 1:54:01.6082s (85 laps)
2. #77 Simon Pagenaud Honda + 0.8675s
3. #27 James Hinchcliffe Chevrolet + 13.2719s
4. #11 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet + 18.1951s
5. #4 JR Hildebrand Chevrolet + 22.9947s
6. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Chevrolet + 42.5631s *
7. #2 Ryan Briscoe Chevrolet + 100.1271s
8. #15 Takuma Sato Honda + 1 lap
9. #8 Rubens Barrichello Chevrolet + 1 lap
10. #18 Justin Wilson Honda + 1 lap
11. #19 James Jakes Honda + 1 lap
12. #5 EJ Viso Chevrolet + 1 laps
13. #3 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet + 1 laps *
14. #20 Ed Carpenter Chevrolet + 2 laps
15. #10 Dario Franchitti Honda + 3 laps
16. #22 Oriol Servia Lotus + 3 laps
17. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Lotus + 3 laps
18. #83 Charlie Kimball Honda + 5 laps
19. #6 Katherine Legge Lotus + 5 laps
20. #78 Simona de Silvestro Lotus + 11 laps Mechanical
21. #98 Alex Tagliani Lotus + 39 laps Mechanical
22. #14 Mike Conway Honda + 44 laps Mechanical
23. #9 Scott Dixon Honda + 58 laps Mechanical
24. #38 Graham Rahal Honda + 62 laps Contact
25. #26 Marco Andretti Chevrolet + 63 laps Contact
26. #67 Josef Newgarden Honda + 85 laps Contact

Fastest lap: 102.154mph (69.3541s) on lap 73 by Tony Kanaan

* = includes 30 second penalty for causing avoidable contact



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12-15 April, 2012, Long Beach, California, USA. Winner Will Power. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt.LAT Photo USA. [Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA]
12-15 April, 2012, Long Beach, California, USA. Winner Will Power celebrates with a jump. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt. LAT Photo USA. [Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA]
Helio Castroneves wins the Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves wins the Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves wins the Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves wins the Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 AAA.com Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races fastest to win the pole during qualifying Saturday, April 24, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 AAA.com Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates winning the pole during qualifying Saturday, April 24, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Gregg Ellman/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, finishes second fastest during qualifying Saturday, April 24, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Power will start in the front row next to teammate Helio Castroneves who won the pole position. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, finishes third fastest during qualifying Saturday, April 24, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Pagenaud and Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Will Power had the fastest qualifying times. Castrovenes won the pole position. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Helio Castroneves celebrates winning pole position for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates winning pole position for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates winning pole position for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates winning pole position for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates winning pole position for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves rolls down pit lane during practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V-6, celebrates his victory Sunday, April 19, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium as Juan Pablo Montoya (l to r), driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar; Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Verizon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V-6 and Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Automobile Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet V-6, celebrate Saturday, April 18, 2015 after finishing third, first and second in the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach through the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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