The third race of the 2013 IndyCar Series season is set to take racing fans on a wild ride through the streets of Long Beach this weekend as Will Power looks to become a repeat winner on the West Coast.
The 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will pit some of the top drivers on the planet against one another on a scenic route not far off the Pacific Ocean. With weather expected to be sunny and in the mid-70s, drivers and fans alike are in for a treat on Sunday.
With a weekend of festivities still on deck, concluding with Sunday's 39th annual Grand Prix of Long Beach, here we'll get you set with everything you need to know.
Where: Streets of Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.
When: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Start Time: 4 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC Sports Network
Radio: Channel 211 (SiriusXM)
Drivers to Watch
With a name like Will Power, you can't help but keep an eye out for the reigning champion at this event this weekend. But Power isn't just a cool name or a one-hit wonder. He's a legitimate force on the IndyCar scene.
The Aussie, who finished fifth in Alabama two weeks ago, has 16 wins since making his debut five years ago and is constantly running towards the top.
What's more, Power thrives on road courses like the one he'll race this weekend. He's finished as the IndyCar Series road coarse champion in each of the three previous years. Barring some sort of misfortune, Power will be in the mix late, as he's one of the world's best when it comes to navigating the nearly dozen tricky turns in Long Beach.
Another impressive 32-year-old, American Ryan Hunter-Reay is coming off a win at the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama two weeks ago. Plus, he's the defending IndyCar Series champion, beating out Will Power in 2012.
Hunter-Reay won three straight races in 2012 and four total to bring home the championship. But his success also extends to this weekend's road course. Hunter-Reay won this race back in 2010 and finished sixth here a year ago, so he's certainly capable of earning a second consecutive victory in Long Beach on Sunday.
The Dallas native also posted the fastest time (1:09.42) and best speed (102.05) in Friday's second practice session and, quite frankly, looks like the driver to beat heading into the weekend.
Perhaps one of the most recognizable drivers in the world, three-time Indy 500 champion Dario Franchitti will be aiming for his second career win at the Grand Prix of Long Beach this April.
The 39-year-old Scotsman has been around for awhile and has even gained some experience racing stock cars on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit.
Franchitti won this event in 2009 and finished third at Long Beach two years ago. Given the fact that there isn't much Franchitti hasn't seen on a race track, it's safe to say he'll be factor on Sunday. Although he has struggled to start the season, earning back-to-back 25th-place finishes at St. Petersburg and Birmingham, he's going to break through at some point.
After all, we're talking about a four-time IndyCar Series champion and a driver with over 20 career wins.
2013 Driver Lineup (in order of best practice session times)
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*Information and statistics courtesy of IndyCar.com.
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