Long Beach Promises Excitement

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Oakville native James Hinchcliffe looks to become the first driver of the 2015 IndyCar season to repeat as race winner when the grid takes to the street course in Long Beach, CA, on Sunday. The Mayor of Hinchtown won last week in Avondale in the inaugural running of the Grand Prix of Louisiana for his 4th career IndyCar win.

Hinchcliffe has competed at Long beach before, but the driver has never led a lap on the course.

“Long Beach is one of my favourite events of the year,” he said. “I’ve always seemed to run pretty well there and obviously, coming off of our win last weekend, the whole team is helping to keep the momentum going, and we’re hoping for a good result.”

Luca Filippi.

Luca Filippi.
Photo by Chris Owens.

Long Beach is an 11-turn, 1.97 mile street course where drivers will complete 80 laps for 157.4 miles. Last year’s winner was Mike Conway in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet while Mario Andretti won the first IndyCar race there in 1984. Conway isn’t entered at Long Beach this year. Instead, Luca Filippi, of Savigliano, Italy, will be driving the No. 20 car.

“I can’t wait to be in Long Beach. I have a good feeling about that place,” Filippi said. “Even though I’ve never been, there is so much history at that track between INDYCAR and Formula One that I want to make my mark on that race. We are going to do our best to win it this year.”

Practice and qualifying will take place today and tomorrow with the green flag waving at 1:37 pm west coast time, on Sunday. NBCSN will broadcast the entire coverage starting at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm eastern time.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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