FAST FACTS FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH WHAT: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. WHERE: Long Beach, Calif. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 12-14. SCHEDULE: (All times local): FRIDAY, APRIL 12 - Indy Lights...
FAST FACTS FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
WHAT: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. WHERE: Long Beach, Calif. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 12-14.
SCHEDULE: (All times local): FRIDAY, APRIL 12 - Indy Lights practice, 9-9:30 a.m. IndyCar practice, 11 a.m.-noon Indy Lights qualifying, 1:30-2 p.m. IndyCar qualifying (2 groups/30 min. each), 2:30-3:45 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 13 - IndyCar practice, 9-10 a.m. Indy Lights practice, 10:25-10:50 a.m. IndyCar qualifying (2 groups/30 min. each), 12:30-1:45 p.m. Indy Lights qualifying, 2:55-3:25 p.m. SUNDAY, APRIL 14 - IndyCar grid, 12:15 p.m. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, 1 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV - ABC-TV (Live, 4 p.m. EST). RADIO - Kmart Indy Car Radio Network (check local listings).
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Al Unser Jr. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Michael Andretti. TRACK LAYOUT: 1.59-mile, 8-turn temporary road course. RACE LENGTH: 166.95 miles, 105 laps. TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1995, Michael Andretti, 109.066 mph Race - 1994, Al Unser Jr., 99.283 mph. RACE NO.: 4 of 16. NEXT EVENT: April 28, Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix, Nazareth, Pa.
New faces were getting settled among the PPG Cup leaders, but there would be a familiar one in Victory Circle for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Al Unser Jr. won his second consecutive Long Beach crown and record sixth while giving the new Mercedes-Benz engine its first IndyCar triumph. Unser led a race-high 74 of the 105 laps, but did incur a few unsettling moments. He made contact with rookie Gil de Ferran and the wall in the early going and later had two close calls with Michael Andretti. Unser survived and went on to lead the final 40 laps and post a 23.125-second victory over Scott Pruett. Teo Fabi was third, Eddie Cheever fourth and Mauricio Gugelmin fifth. Other items of interest, Pruett's runner-up finish matched his then-career best (Detroit, 1989) and pushed him into the PPG Cup lead. … Gugelmin earned his third top-five finish to move into second in the points. …Fabi's third-place finish was his first podium appearance since 1990.
Vital race statistics
Time of race: 1:49:32.667 Average speed: 91.442 mph. Margin of victory: 23.125 seconds. Caution flags: 5 for 20 laps. Lap leaders: Al Unser Jr., 74; Michael Andretti, 17; Teo Fabi, 13; Bobby Rahal, 1.