The NTT IndyCar Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach ended just minutes ago. Want some hot takes? You’ve got them!
Alexander Rossi is way, way good. In the 21 races dating back to the start of the 2018 season, Rossi has four wins, a second and a total of 13 Top 5 finishes. He’s worked his way into second in points behind Josef Newgarden, and as we know Indy is in his wheelhouse, so does his championship push start here?
The penalty. Post-race, Graham Rahal was given what amounted to a one-spot penalty for blocking Scott Dixon on the last lap of the race, costing him his first podium of the season. Looking at the replay, I think Rahal got hosed. Maybe he made a bit of an extra move, but blocking like that is a common occurrence in the IndyCar series.
Zzzzzz. The race was a snoozer for sure. Rossi was dominant and probably unbeatable today, but there was little action behind him, either. Dixon suggested after the race that a solution might be to make the race longer as at its current length it’s an easy two-stop race. It’s unfortunate, Long Beach is an incredible event and should have a great race to go with it.
Bonus note: Congratulations to Andretti Autosport and Michael Andretti for their 200th win over all of their racing platforms. A total of 38 drivers have won races under the AA banner.
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