Helio Castroneves bemoaned the timing of traffic and pit stops during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday that cost him the chance to take victory around the street circuit.
The Team Penske driver led the first 47 laps of the race before encountering traffic at the wrong time to lose the lead, and ultimately was forced to settle for the bottom step of the podium in third.
Castroneves was happy to see Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud take victory at Long Beach however, and is now focused on next weekend’s race at Barber Motorsports Park to try and secure his first win of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.
“It was actually fine as long as we keep the rhythm and as long as we keep one rhythm,” said Castroneves. “It’s only good in the beginning we were leading a lot of laps.
“A little bit of strategy, and we caught traffic and the guy decided to come in at the same time and that basically killed us and we ended up losing two spots.
“At the end of the day, congrats to Simon, it is the first win for him and Team Penske. At least I’m glad that one of the Team Penske guys ended up getting this victory and let’s go for the next one.”