With the iRacing Edifice Grand Prix of Long Beach having recently taken place, the classic IndyCar series is firing on all cylinders.
Round two of the classic IndyCar series showed how amazing this series is, and how the streets of Long Beach punish at every corner. The Edifice Grand Prix of Long Beach took no prisoners after what was seen as a relentless race that had no time for breathing. Every corner and apex presented tough challenges for the drivers.
With a race report from Rober Grosser who also participates in the racing, we get the low down of the race.
For the first time since 2016, CIS returned to the Streets of Long Beach. 35 drivers attempted to qualify for the race but only the fastest 30 made the grid. The first lap went relatively smooth however there has been contact in Turn 1 and later that lap, at the hairpin, one car was spun around and almost the whole grid had to find its way around that car. From then on it was a dominating performance by Josh Chin, who was about to lap the entire field, if he hadn’t spun in the second half of the race, requiring an additional pit-stop to get the damaged front wing replaced. Behind him, Ethan Agan (winner of Round 1) had a smooth run all day long, to score another top result and defending his championship lead.
Defending champion Lucas Laville faced some early struggles when his teammate Jan Hoffmann spun in front of him and Lucas couldn’t avoid contact. The 2020 Classic Indycar series champion goes on to mention” It was a good race overall for me. Early damage took me out of contention for the top 2. I feel like I could have had a chance to strike and capitalise on other’s mistakes had I benefited from the car’s full capabilities all race. However after the first stop to get some repairs, I was able to push and eventually catch back up to P3, and to take the position away on an overcut move. In the end, solid points for the championship for me, after a tough but fun Long Beach event.
Massive thanks to Edifice for partnering with us once again this year and being a sponsor of this round at Long Beach, as well as Simrace247 for all their work in covering the series !”
With a good strategy call late in the race, however, he managed to get the upper hand over Matt Molnar. Troy Dolinschek, who gave an impressive series debut at Phillip Island, went on to round out the TOP5. Robert Grosser, who has been forced into a spin in the hairpin on Lap 1, kept his nose clean and could benefit from the high attrition rate so secure 7th place finish, behind Andrew Wood. Vortex SimRacing and Team Chimera had rough days with the rest of their fleet, with most of their drivers failing to finish the race. Willi Schwabauer had to start from pitlane, as a penalty from Round 1, and was the only driver to stretch the fuel for making a 1-stop strategy work. For that, he had to do 6 laps more (!!) on one tank than the predicted 37 laps. The timed race ended after 100 minutes with Chin completing a total of 87 laps. 15 Drivers finished the race, 5 of them on the lead lap. Long Beach has proven to be the expected tough challenge and Chin once more demonstrated that he is the undisputed master of Street Courses in CIS.