Rossi Runs Away with the Win at 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
It was, basically, no contest.
Polesitter Alexander Rossi put on a dominating performance Sunday, steering his Andretti Autosport Honda to an NTT IndyCar victory, his second consecutive win from the pole position on the streets of Long Beach.
It’s the first time a driver has won consecutive races from pole on the city’s streets since Sebastien Bourdais in 2006-07.
Rossi led 80 of the race’s 85 laps, averaging 98.794 mph and beating Josef Newgarden (Team Penske Chevy) to the checkered flag by a whopping 20.235 seconds.
Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) edged Scott Dixon for third at the checkered flag, but was later penalized for blocking, elevating Dixon, driving the Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, to the final podium slot, with Rahal dropping to 4th.
Ryan Hunter-Reay finished 5th in the Andretti Autosport Honda and set the race’s fastest lap, 104.659 mph.
Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske Chevy) was 6th, followed by Will Power (Team Penske Chevy), Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) and James Hinchcliffe (Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda).
Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) finished 10th, the highest finisher in an impressive 2019 crop of rookie drivers.