Pagenaud takes Long Beach victory amid pit exit debate


Simon Pagenaud secured his first victory as a Team Penske driver after overcoming the challenge of Scott Dixon despite calls for the Frenchman to be penalised for cutting the exit of the pit lane during a pit stop.

Pagenaud extended his championship lead as a result of the victory at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, but appeared to re-enter the track before the end of the yellow lines indicating the end of pit road, but stewards deemed the move to warrant no more than a warning.

Chip Ganassi Racing in particular were unhappy with the call, as this denied their driver Scott Dixon a second win in three races in 2016 in a race that went caution-free for the first time since 1989.

Pole sitter Helio Castroneves led the opening 47 laps but lost positions during the pit stop window to ultimate finish third, also for Team Penske, while team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya ended fourth.

Takuma Sato drove a strong race to end fifth for AJ Foyt Enterprises, just running out of time to pass Montoya after using his push-to-pass button wisely in the final stint of the race to gain track position.

Tony Kanaan took his Chip Ganassi Racing machine to sixth ahead of the fourth Team Penske entry of Will Power and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry of James Hinchcliffe, while Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing) and Josef Newgarden (Ed Carpenter Racing) completed the top ten in a largely processional race.

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
122Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1hr33m54.4835s
29Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing+0.3032s
33Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske+10.8376s
42Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske+12.2162s
514Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt Enterprises+12.2918s
610Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing+17.6267s
712Will PowerAUSTeam Penske+18.7449s
85James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports+19.0362s
911Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH Racing+22.9147s
1021Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter Racing+23.6654s
1183Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing+24.2179s
1226Carlos MunozCOLAndretti Autosport+40.1250s
1318Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing+47.1809s
148Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing+53.9106s
1515Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing+56.9082s
167Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports+1m01.2966s
1719Luca FilippiITADale Coyne Racing+1m08.0543s
1828Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport+1m30.3302s
1927Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport+1 Lap
2098Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Autosport+1 Lap
2141Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises+3 Laps