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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]
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Will Power, Mark Miles and Derrick Walker announce the addition of Boston to the 2016 IndyCar Series itinerary. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
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Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti and Sage Karam at IMS (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)

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