IndyCar results and points after Long Beach

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With his first victory in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, Josef Newgarden moved atop the NTT IndyCar Series points standings in the results through three races.

Newgarden won his second consecutive race this year as Team Penske remained unbeaten in  2022. Chip Ganassi Racing was the most recent team to open a season with three consecutive victories in 2020.

Romain Grosjean finished second in Sunday’s race on the 11-turn, 1.968-mile street course, and Alex Palou rounded out the podium. Will Power and Pato O’Ward also were in the top five.

Scott Dixon, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi, Helio Castroneves and Kyle Kirkwood rounded out the top 10.

Jimmie Johnson finished 20th after getting caught in his third crash of the race weekend.

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings Sunday after the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach:


RESULTS

Click here for the box score from the 85-lap race on the streets of Long Beach. Click here for the lap leader summary and here for the pit stop performance.

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Here is the finishing order in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 85, Running
2. (6) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 85, Running
3. (3) Alex Palou, Honda, 85, Running
4. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 85, Running
5. (11) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 85, Running
6. (16) Scott Dixon, Honda, 85, Running
7. (13) Graham Rahal, Honda, 85, Running
8. (5) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 85, Running
9. (14) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 85, Running
10. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 85, Running
11. (4) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 85, Running
12. (17) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 85, Running
13. (15) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 85, Running
14. (9) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 85, Running
15. (20) Jack Harvey, Honda, 85, Running
16. (26) Tatiana Calderon, Chevrolet, 84, Running
17. (22) Takuma Sato, Honda, 83, Contact
18. (19) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 83, Running
19. (10) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 81, Running
20. (25) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 73, Contact
21. (18) David Malukas, Honda, 72, Contact
22. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 66, Contact
23. (1) Colton Herta, Honda, 55, Contact
24. (21) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 55, Contact
25. (23) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 35, Contact
26. (24) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 5, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 93.977 mph; Time of Race: 1:46:48.0102; Margin of victory: Under caution; Cautions: 4 for 14 laps; Lead changes: 5 among 5 drivers; Lap Leaders: Herta 1-28; Newgarden 29; Power 30-31; DeFrancesco 32; Palou 33-54; Newgarden 55-85.


POINTS

Here are the points standings after the third race of the season for:

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Entrants

Top 10 in points: Newgarden 118, McLaughlin 113, Palou 103, Power 102, Dixon 83, Grosjean 75, VeeKay 67, Ericsson 66, O’Ward 63, Rahal 60

Rookie of the year standings: Lundgaard 42, Kirkwood 38, Malukas 34, Ilott 32, Calderon 20, DeFrancesco 20

Lessons learned in three rounds of Extreme E pay huge dividends in the Copper X Prix for Tanner Foust

Foust Copper X Prix
McLaren Racing
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To paraphrase the Grateful Dead, what a long, unique trip it’s been for Tanner Foust in his first season with the Extreme E series as he took his early season lessons to Chile to compete in the Copper X Prix. And he’s learned his lessons well.

In February, McLaren announced they would expand their motorsports program with an Extreme E entry. They signed two talented rally drivers in Foust and Emma Gilmour – and paired them for the opening round in Neom, Saudi Arabia with just a few days of testing under their belts. Baked by the Arabian desert sun, it was trial by fire.

The duo performed well in their debut, advancing into the final round and finishing fifth. As Extreme E headed to another desert halfway across the globe for Round 4, it was a good time to catch up with Foust and ask about McLaren’s progress. The Copper X Prix was held this past weekend in one of the most extreme regions in the world: the Atacama Desert.

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“The shock going into the first race was the speed,” Foust told NBC Sports. “It was much higher than we had tested. We spent a lot of time around 100 miles per hour [in race trim] and our testing speeds were more in the 60 to 70-mile range. Then, once we sort of got around that, the car got updated so you can drive it even faster.”

In rally racing, some incidents are out of a driver’s control. Even peeking around another car can be dangerous because of potholes that have recently been gouged in the ground or large bushes that seem to sprout up between laps. A couple of rollovers brought Foust back to earth – but the pace was there and that was important.

“We had some challenges this season,” Foust said prior to the Copper X Prix. “We had a good start; made the final, which is a difficult thing to do in this series. I had two rolls in the first three events, but I have improved each time. Now we come into Round 4 in Chile in a pretty strong position. We have competitive times as a team. We are communicating really well and have our heads around this Odyssey vehicle.”

Foust’s words proved to be prophetic.

He won the Crazy Race – Extreme E’s version of a Last Chance Qualifier – and did so after passing the field. It was the same manner in which he qualified for Saudi Arabia’s finale, but this time things would be better. There were those hard-earned lessons on which to lean – and Foust had reps under his belt. He was not going to be caught off guard by any random obstacles.

Tanner Foust passed Sebastien Loeb heading to the Switch Zone in the Copper X Prix. (Photo by Sam Bagnall / LAT Images)

In the Copper X Prix finale, he pressured one of the best rally drivers in the history of the sport.

Pitching sideways through a tight left-hander late in his stint, Foust put his McLaren Extreme E Odyssey at the head of the pack in front of Sebastien Loeb as they headed to the Switch Zone. There, he would turn the car over to his co-driver Gilmour.

The Extreme E series pairs male and female drivers with both taking a turn behind the wheel.

After the driver change, Gilmour lost the lead momentarily to Loeb’s teammate Cristina Gutierrez, but as they charged toward the finish line, she surged ahead and crossed under the checkers first.

“What an improvement for the team over this year,” Foust said after the race. “We have struggled through some of the events, being in our first year in competition. We showed true pace this weekend; overtaking Sebastien Loeb was a highlight.

“Emma put in a great run in the Final. I was fortunate to go from last to first in the Crazy Race and then first in the Final but with some flag penalties, we had 20 seconds added to our time, which put us into fifth. It was a great feeling crossing the line first, I love this wide style track and the NEOM McLaren Odyssey was fantastic here.

“Hopefully we can continue that momentum into Uruguay.”

Loeb and Gutierrez were elevated to the top of the podium, but no one can take away the feeling of crossing under the checkers first.


Racing Responsibly

Since cars were first invented, racing has played a socially responsible role by improving safety. As Earth reaches a tipping point with climate change, racing needs to adapt to these new needs and requirements, which is where Extreme E’s unique strategy becomes increasingly important.

The Extreme E experience is more than simple racing. Each race is accompanied by a legacy program designed to offset damage done by climate change and to erase the footprint caused by the events.

Foust, a biology major from the University of Colorado, was given the chance to rekindle his interest and give back to the environment ahead of the Copper X Prix.

The Atacama is the oldest desert in the world at 150 million years. It is the driest place on earth and has the highest degree of ultraviolet light. And yet somehow life perseveres through underground rivers with oases dating back to Incan times. Foust participated in preparing a local habitat for the reintroduction of a critically endangered water frog to Chile’s longest river, the Loa, which snakes its way through the desert.

“I’m loving the experience,” Foust said. “I’m putting on a lot of Chapstick, a lot of sunscreen. What a fascinating part of the world. I never would have come here otherwise.

“I honestly am very honored to be a part of this sport. I am a huge believer in the fact that motorsports has done us good in the last 100 years. I think we benefit every single time we put our seatbelts on and drive down the road to the lessons learned in racing since the turn of the century. And I really hope motorsports continues that tradition.

“I think that motorsports like [Extreme E] does it in a responsible way, a gender-neutral way and a carbon-neutral way.”