INDYCAR Pre-Race Media: Long Beach Track Trends

TRACK: Streets of Long Beach (1.968-mile, 11-turn street course), DISTANCE: 85 Laps (167 miles)

TRACK HISTORY/TRENDS

For the second straight year, the season finale ends on a street course.

  • The last five Long Beach winners started in the top 2 Rows.
  • We’ve had 6 different teams win the last 7 races on the streets of Long Beach.
  • We’ve had 7 different drivers win the last 11 street course races in general but they all hail from either Penske, Ganassi, Andretti or Arrow McLaren SP.
  • 3 of the last 5 races at Long Beach saw 1 or fewer caution.
  • The last 4 years saw 6 different lead changes in each including 5 of the last 6 races overall.

TRACK COMPARISONS/WHO’S BEEN GOOD ON THEM

Long Beach being a street course is unique in the sense that we don’t have many of them on the schedule. Last year, there was just one – St. Pete. This year, we have a few more in Belle Isle, St. Pete, Nashville and this weekend. These are the best comparisons to Long Beach in the fact that the top drivers on those places are also good at on the scenic California race track too.

If you go back to the start of the 2019 season, we’ve had 11 races on these tracks with eight different winners. Josef Newgarden and Marcus Ericsson are the only multi-time winners with three trips to victory lane, two of which coming on the streets of St. Pete for Newgarden and two wins for Ericsson.

The big teams are strong on them with Penske winning four of those last 10 races, Ganassi 3 and Andretti scoring two wins. Arrow McLaren SP is the only other team to have won.

Andretti says this is their top types of circuits, where Penske is probably second in nature followed by Ganassi.

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