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Lessons learned at Long Beach

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted April 21, 2013 at 3:17 pm Indy Lights

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Drivers take the green flag on the opening lap of the 2013 Long Beach 100.

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Drivers take the green flag on the opening lap of the 2013 Long Beach 100. (photo: Chris Jones / IndyCar.com)

A race isn’t won on the opening lap.

Yet mistakes happen and on Sunday three drivers emerged from broken race cars before reaching turn one. Lessons were learned. By lap 16, only five cars remained and the highly anticipated Long Beach 100 became a bit of a “snoozer.” Unfazed pole-sitter Carlos Munoz cruised to an easy victory — his second consecutive win while leading every lap — and took over the championship points lead.

In the opening lap of the race, Jack Hawkworth drifted a bit wide in the kink before heading into turn one, collecting Zach Veach who was attempting a pass along the outside wall. The contact immediately sent Hawksworth’s car veering hard to the right and directly into Peter Dempsey.

A few laps later Juan Pablo Garcia, running in second place, spun on the entry to turn one. Three drivers were able to clear him as they entered the blind corner. His teammate, Mikael Grenier, wasn’t so lucky. Both drivers saw their day come to a premature end.

Just past midway, Sage Karam dove to the inside of turn eight, passing Jorge Goncalvez for third. Gabby Chaves, who finished the race second, was able to stay relatively close to Munoz throughout the race but was never close enough to pose a serious threat.

The Firestone Indy Lights drivers return to action on May 18 for the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Make the jump for full results. 

Long Beach 100
Complete results:

  1. Carlos Munoz
  2. Gabby Chaves
  3. Sage Karam
  4. Jorge Goncalvez
  5. Matthew Di Leo
  6. Juan Pablo Garcia
  7. Mikael Grenier
  8. Zach Veach
  9. Peter Dempsey
  10. Jack Hawksworth

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