Castroneves in command at midpoint of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

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Polesitter Helio Castroneves leads the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach at the 40-lap halfway mark of the 80-lap event.

Castroneves has led 36 laps, with reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champ Scott Dixon having led three laps and Charlie Kimball has led one lap. Castroneves has a 1.0454-second lead over Dixon with 40 laps remaining.

There has been very little movement among the top-10 qualifiers in the race. The biggest mover has been Graham Rahal, who started 17th but has climbed to 10th at the midpoint, primarily by strategy, although he made three early lap passes.

Weather has been perfect and there have been no major incidents, and no cautions.

Here’s how the top-10 looks at halfway: Castroneves, Dixon, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Tony Kanaan, Juan Pablo Montoya, Takuma Sato, Josef Newgarden, James Hinchcliffe and Rahal.

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.