Mike Conway and Ed Carpenter Racing took the victory in Long Beach Sunday.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sunday, April 13, 2014) - Long Beach could have a new king.
Mike Conway won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the second time in four years, becoming the unexpected winner of the 40th annual race.
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Ryan Hunter-Reay dominated most of the race, but he triggered a seven-car accident 24 laps from the finish when he tried to overtake Josef Newgarden. The incident eliminated both Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport driver James Hinchcliffe - who were running 1-2 -- as well as Newgarden, rookie Jack Hawksworth and Tony Kanaan.
The accident opened the door for Scott Dixon to win at Long Beach for the first time. But he was short on fuel by roughly half a lap and stopped for a splash of E85 with two laps to go. That gave Conway the lead, and the British driver cruised to his third career victory.
Will Power finished less than a second behind Conway with rookie Carlos Munoz third and Juan Pablo Montoya fourth. Simon Pagenaud finished fifth after rebounding from an early race spin after contact by Power.
Power has a sizable points lead (93-66 over Conway) heading to the April 27 race at Barber Motorsports Park, where he has won twice and started on the pole twice. Hunter-Reay is the defending race winner.
Selected quotes from the media availability with Roger Daltrey, who is attending today's race as a guest of Honda to promote Teen Cancer America, whose logo will appear on the Dale Coyne Racing entry of Justin Wilson. Wilson, Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay will be ambassadors for the program, which supports teenagers who are battling or survivors of cancer. Daltrey, founder and lead singer of The Who, will ride in the "Fastest Seat in Sports" during the parade lap of today's race.
ROGER DALTREY: "This effort started in Britain 25 years ago by a local doctor who realized that teens with cancer suffer from particularly aggressive and rare forms of cancer. He also realized that this age group under the healthcare system either classified you as a child or an adult. You still have that system in American and I've been working for 12 years to get the hospital system to realize there's an enormous care gap. There are wonderful hospitals here. You have fantastic medicine. There's criticism of that whatsoever. But if it's right for a child to have a nursery with teddy bears and rainbows on the wall and all those little things that make a child's experience better, and adults have lounges with TVs. I'd like to know the answer to the question, why is there nothing for a teenager can be comfortable? There are only a few - and that's through the work we've done. The first is at UCLA, and it needs to be answered. It's wrong. It needs to be changed and we're going to do it." (About his ride): "I've been in a race car before, so I have an inkling of what's coming, but I hear Mario (Andretti) is one hell of a driver. I can't wait for it. I'm sure it will be very exciting."
JUSTIN WILSON: (No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing): "I think we have some pretty excited team owners. I know that for sure. Dale is quite excited to have Teen Cancer America on the car for this event. It means a lot to everyone. I think it's a fantastic cause. We were all talking about it earlier and it's definitely something we can work on and it's an understanding. The more we understand, the more we can do."
SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): "It's an honor to meet someone like Roger (Daltrey) but I think it's more of an honor to see a person like him become interested and lend his support for such a great cause. For me, I've been working with CANTeen in New Zealand for so many years and there's a gap in the healthcare system. There are so many changes going on for teens with their hormones and trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. Cancer is something that is pretty tough for anyone fighting it is something that we believe in. Cancer as a whole is horrible and there are so many causes that are fighting it."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): "It's great to have everyone here and pushing in the same direction in the fight against cancer. It's great to have Roger at a Verizon IndyCar Series event and to get Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the front stage. He doesn't have to be here. He's here on his own accord pushing the fight against cancer and the promotion to help these people who face such an ugly fight. We're all here doing the same thing."
HERNAN BERANGAN (Filmmaker, Road to Rebellion tour): "It's amazing that anybody is listening to us and that you guys are listening to us. When I was 15 and knew that something was wrong with the system, all I could translate that to was anger. What I do is I should video profiles of teen cancer patients and I sit and I listen to them for a few hours and turn that story into something digestible for them and us. The magic that happens in that like, creates a strength between all of us that cannot be stopped. That's why this road trip has to happen and why I'm starting it this week.
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