2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Day 3 – Sunday

By Larry Mason Copyright © 2019 Alexander Rossi and Andretti Autosport Dominated the 45th Annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach! April 14, 2019 Long Beach, CA – Low clouds and fog lifted just after the NTT IndyCar Series cars started their morning warm-up. The sun shone brightly after and picture perfect weather for Sunday greeted the throngs of fans for another version of the World’s Fastest Beach Party. In the morning warm-up, Colton Herta set the pace in his King Taco Harding Steinbrenner entry ahead of Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter Reay, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato. Just behind them were Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi. Pirelli GT4 America Spencer Pumpelly put on a driving clinic from the start and continued with great re-starts after numerous caution periods early on. Ian James in the Panoz was second and Michael Cooper in a McLaren 570S GT4 completed the podium. All three [...]

2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Day 2 – Saturday

By Larry Mason Copyright © 2019 April 13, 2019 Long Beach, CA – Another delightful day in Long Beach. Perfect sunny conditions with a cool ocean breeze made for fast times on the track with so much more rubber laid down from the day before. The NTT IndyCar Series kicked things off at 9am with Practice 3 led by last year’s winner Alexander Rossi in his NAPA Auto Parts Honda for Andretti Autosport. In the Firestone Fast Six qualifying, It was all Alexander Rossi as he set the pace over the rest of the field going over a quarter of a second faster than Scott Dixon. Rossi spoke of how hard it was with the competition so tight in the series “This pole was exponentially harder to win than last year's.” Dixon felt like he perhaps missed his opportunity for pole when he misjudged catching Rossi on his fast lap. [...]

Patricio O’Ward 5th Quick in Practice 2 and Has a Special Greeting for his Fans!

Tune in for this short interview where Patricio O'Ward describes what it's like to conquer the streets of Long Beach in Practice session #2. He also has a special greeting for all of his Spanish speaking fans at the end! Copyright (c) 2019 Larry Mason

2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Day 1 – Friday

By Larry Mason Copyright © 2019 April 12, 2019 Long Beach, CA – Another beautiful day in Long Beach greeted competitors and fans alike as the city streets reverberated the sounds of exotic racing engines at full song. As is typical in the schedule the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Series went out bright and early at 7:40am to do some “street sweeping” as Dane Cameron of Acura Team Penske half-joked. Just like last year, the Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi was quickest with Felipe Nasr earning the time to beat spoiling the Acura title sponsorship of Team Penske with Ricky Taylor and Juan Pablo Montoya filling out the top three. The afternoon practice session led directly into a qualifying session and was a very heated affair with the top times getting traded back and forth between the Mazdas, Acuras and Cadillacs in the DPi class. In the end, it was Helio [...]

One on One with NTT IndyCar Series Driver Oriol Servia

Winning veteran driver Oriol Servia is getting ready to announce his 2019 Indianapolis 500 plans. CarsAndCompetition.com contributing editor Larry Mason asked some key questions on April 2, 2019 at the annual Acura Grand Prix Media day. Copyright (c) 2019 Larry Mason

2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Fast Facts Race Preview

By Larry Mason Copyright © 2019 Acura is not only the title sponsor for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach but have the best looking NSX pace car ever! Photo by Larry Mason The streets of Long Beach will be seeing a lot of tire rubber laid down this coming weekend with the headlining NTT IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Pirelli GT4 America, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks, Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge and IMSA Historic GTO. Practice and qualifying events get started on Friday, April 12, 2019 with racing taking place through Sunday, April 14, 2019. There have been three different winners in the first three races of the year in the NTT IndyCar Series and Long Beach always provides plenty of racing action and is the most anticipated race of the year outside of the Indianapolis 500. Local fans can test drive an Acura at their [...]

Austin Dillon to Race for Kaulig

February 25, 2019) – Kaulig Racing and Austin Dillon are teaming up for the second time, as Dillon is set to pilot the No. 10 Chevrolet Camaro SS at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Boyd Gaming 300. Dillon, who won the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Championship in 2013, competed for Kaulig Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2018 in the No. 10 Chevy, marking the first time Kaulig Racing fielded a second entry in the NXS. ”I’m thankful for the opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,” said Austin Dillon, who won a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2015 from the pole position. “The Kaulig Racing shop is within the same campus complex as Richard Childress Racing and both teams share some of the same resources so I know that Kaulig Racing will do their best to give me everything [...]

Torrence Locks In Arizona Top Fuel Victory

February 24, 2019 -- The second event of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series concluded Sunday as Billy Torrence took home the Top Fuel victory at the 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.  Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were also winners in their respective categories at the second of 24 events on the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. B. Torrence emerged victorious with a run of 3.965-seconds at 326.40 mph in his Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing dragster to take down Leah Pritchett in the final round. After earning the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday, B. Torrence secured his second career victory. B. Torrence took down Terry Totten, Mike Salinas and rookie debut Jordan Vandergriff as he raced to his first win in 2019. Pritchett overcame Cameron Ferre, Terry McMillen and teammate Antron Brown en [...]

Owens Official Artist for Acura Grand Prix

Feb. 21, 2019 – Prolific American racing artist Randy Owens has been named Official Race Artist for the 2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. As Official Race Artist, Owens has created the poster artwork for the 45th annual event, which will also grace the covers of the event program, Fan Guide, T-shirts and other race-related materials. Owens has established himself in the American racing art scene, having produced over 300 handmade serigraph editions in his realistic style -- modern and evolutionary, with color and motion as the central theme. He has created poster art for Long Beach races eight times, including the Grand Prix’s 40thanniversary edition in 2014, as well as posters for the Miami Grand Prix, US Grand Prix at Indianapolis, Road America Historic Races and the Bahrain International Circuit.  And, since 1991, he has also produced an annual motor racing calendar for Bridgestone. ​ Born in Baltimore, Md., [...]

Johnson Jr. Confident in Funny Car

February 18, 2019 -- Tommy Johnson Jr.’s first trip to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, the site of this weekend’s 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals, as a nitro driver came in 1989. With the race marking the 30th anniversary of his Top Fuel debut, the now Funny Car championship contender reflected on what three decades of nitro racing has taught him. “You can definitely see where being a veteran and having experience pays off,” said Johnson, who has 17 career wins. “I want to use that now. I think it’s all about maintaining focus throughout the year. It’s a long season and you can’t let the lows get you down or let the highs distract you. That comes from years of experience. When you’ve been there and done that, it helps keep you on track. Being a veteran, it gives you a whole different mindset on [...]