INDYCAR Pre-Race Media: Top 5 favorites/race preview for Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (3 p.m. ET, NBC, INDYCAR Radio Network)

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

Favorites – Can Rossi 3-Peat?

Josef Newgarden

He has never won Long Beach but does have two podiums in his last three tries including five straight top 10’s. He’s had six top twos in his last nine street races starts.

Scott Dixon

He’s had four top four finishes in his last five tries. That comes after scoring just one in his previous eight starts in Long Beach.

Will Power

He’s scored two wins and three runner-ups at Long Beach including three top sevens in his last four starts there.

Alexander Rossi

He’s dominated in each of the last two races at Long Beach. Can he go 3-for-3?

Colton Herta

He was 23rd in his lone Long Beach start but won at St. Pete back in April and was fourth in Belle Isle 2.

Race Preview

The time has come for the season finale. One race left between four drivers to be crowned champion of the 2021 season. Who has the leg up? This isn’t NASCAR in the sense that a championship contending driver is going to win on Sunday. It’s up to anyone and with how much parity we’ve had at Long Beach as well as on street circuits in general, it’s anyone’s guess who will be celebrating in victory lane on Sunday.

Of Note

  • The last five Long Beach winners started in the top 2 Rows.
  • We’ve had 6 different teams win the last 7 races in Long Beach.

Key Stat

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

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