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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]
Will Power sets up for Turn 11 during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Friday March 27 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
The Andretti Autosport team go to work on Ryan Hunter-Reay`s car on pit lane in St. Petersburg on Friday March 27 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on track at St Petersburg in first practice on Friday March 27 2015. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on track at St Petersburg in first practice on Friday March 27 2015. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Steak n Shake to sponsor Graham Rahal in 2015
Matt Brabham, Andretti Autosport, Indy Lights [Credit: Matt Brabham]
Simon Pagenaud sits in his Chevrolet machine on pit lane during Tuesday`s Open Test sessions at Barber Motorsports Park on March 17 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal locks the front brakes up entering the Esses during Tuesday`s Open Test sessions at Barber Motorsports Park on March 17 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti navigates the Turn 8-9 Esses complex during Tuesday`s Open Test sessions at Barber Motorsports Park on March 17 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power sits in his Chevrolet machine on pit lane during Tuesday`s Open Test sessions at Barber Motorsports Park on March 17 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power navigates the Turn 8-9 Esses during Tuesday`s Open Test sessions at Barber Motorsports Park on March 17 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ganassi team mates Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan talk tactics Graham Rahal during open testing at Barber Motorsport Park on Monday March 16 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal on track for open testing at Barber Motorsport Park on Monday March 16 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud rolls down pit lane to start open testing at Barber Motorsport Park on Monday March 16 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud on course during open testing at Barber Motorsport Park on Monday March 16 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
The car of Will Power sits on pit lane prior to the initial aero kit test at NOLA Motorsports Park on Saturday March 14 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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