LONG BEACH, Calif. – With a fifth-place finish, JR Hildebrand, No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet, led a contingent of five Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers in the top-10 finishing positions of the Grand Prix of Long Beach Indy.
Hildebrand scored his best finish of the season after starting the 80-lap, 157.4-mile race in 12th on the 27-car grid.
We struggled in the first stint and were going backwards, but we had a great strategy and ended up on the sticker reds in the end and I was able to pass several guys there at the end just using the overtake.”
Oriol Servia, No. 22 Charter Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet, finished in sixth place, followed by Marco Andretti, No. 25 RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, in the seventh finishing position.
Simona de Silvestro brought the No. 78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KV Racing Technology Chevrolet to the checkered flag in ninth place.
Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Auto Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet, retained the lead in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with a 10th-place finish in today’s race on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary course on the Streets of Long Beach.
“At the end of the day the lemon became the lemonade with our finish,” said Castroneves. “We are very happy to come out of here still leading the points, and now we have focus on what we need to do to improve.”
After three races in the record books of the 19-race 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season, Chevrolet has six drivers in the top-10 in the standings. Joining Castroneves in the top-five is Andretti who sits fourth in points.
Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, is sixth in the standings after contact relegated him to the 24th finishing position today.
Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, sits eighth in the standings with his 16th place finish in the race. Sitting ninth in the standings is de Silvestro, and James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy.com Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, is in 10th position after a multi-car incident early in the race landed him in the 26th finishing position.