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Grand Prix of Long Beach

Track: Long Beach Street Circuit
Location: Long Beach, California
Type: 1.968-mile street circuit (11-turn flat layout)

Lap Record (up to 2008)
Sebastien Bourdais (2006) - 1:06.886 (105.924 mph) -- in the current configuration.

Race Record (up to 2008)
Al Unser, Jr. (1994) - 1:40:53.582 (99.283 mph -- 99.034 mph, if using new measured track distance).

Past Race Winners
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1984 Mario Andretti 112 187.04 2:15:23.337 82.898
1985 Mario Andretti 90 150.3 1:42:50.07 87.694
1986 Michael Andretti 95 158.65 1:57:34.18 80.965
1987 Mario Andretti 95 158.65 1:51:33.036 85.330
1988 Al Unser, Jr. 95 158.65 1:53:47.34 83.665
1989 Al Unser, Jr. 95 158.65 1:51:19.786 85.503
1990 Al Unser, Jr. 95 158.65 1:53:00.937 84.227
1991 Al Unser, Jr. 95 158.65 1:57:14.162 81.195
1992 Danny Sullivan 105 166.95 1:48:56.715 91.945
1993 Paul Tracy 105 166.95 1:47:36.418 93.089
1994 Al Unser, Jr. 105 166.95 1:40:53.582 99.283
1995 Al Unser, Jr. 105 166.95 1:49:32.667 91.442
1996 Jimmy Vasser 105 166.95 1:44:02.363 96.281
1997 Alex Zanardi 105 166.53 1:46:17.792 93.999
1998 Alex Zanardi 105 165.27 1:51:29.113 88.946
1999 Juan Montoya 85 155.04 1:45:48.688 87.915
2000 Paul Tracy 82 161.376 1:57:11.132 82.626
2001 Helio Castroneves 82 161.376 1:52:17.779 86.223
2002 Michael Andretti 90 177.120 2:02:14.542 86.935
2003 Paul Tracy 90 177.120 1:56:01.792 91.590
2004 Paul Tracy 81 159.408 1:44:12.348 91.785
2005 Sebastien Bourdais 81 159.408 1:46:29.768 89.811
2006 Sebastien Bourdais 74 145.632 1:40:07.670 87.268
2007 Sebastien Bourdais 78 153.504 1:40:43.975 91.432
2008 Will Power 83 163.344 1:45:25.415 92.964

Other Southern California Area Venues and Results

LA to Phoenix - 480-mile Point-to-Point Race
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1909 Joe Nikrent 1 480 19:13:00 24.98

Santa Monica - mostly 8.417-mile (with slight variations) Road Course
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1909 Harris Hanshue 24 202.008 3:08:03 64.453
1909 Bert Dingley 24 202.008 3:38:40 55.32
1911 Louis Nikrent 12 101.004 1:42:21.7 59.21
1911 Charles Merz 18 151.506 2:02:08.45 74.422
1911 Bruce Keene 18 151.506 2:12:09.95 68.777
1911 Harvey Herrick 24 202.008 2:42:27.60 74.603
1912 George Joerimann 12 101.004 1:37:57.9 61.861
1912 Ralph DePalma 18 151.506 2:10:43.85 69.535
1912 Ted Tetzlaff 36 303.012 3:50:57.60 78.178
1913 Earl Cooper 53 445.253 6:01:52 73.827
1914 Ralph DePalma 35 294.595 3:53:41.03 75.49
1914 Eddie Pullen 48 404.016 5:13:30 77.32
1916 Dario Resta 35 294 3:22:48.4 86.990
1916 Howard Wilcox 48 403.2 4:42:47 85.551
1919 Cliff Durant 34 250.24 3:04:45 81.27

Bakersfield - 11.15-mile Road Course
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1911 Harvey Herrick 13 144.95 2:58:58 48.59

San Diego - 91.7-mile then 5.982-mile Road Course
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1913 George Hill 2 183.4 3:58:12 46.196
1915 Earl Cooper 51 305.082 4:40:10.8 65.333

Point Loma - 5.9-mile Road Course
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1913 William Carlson 34 200.6 3:23:09 59.247

Corona - 2.768-mile Road Course
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1913 Earl Cooper 91 251.888 3:21:29 75.010
1913 Earl Cooper 109 301.712 4:02:38 74.609
1914 Eddie Pullen 109 301.712 3:26:02 87.89

Glendale - 1.906-mile Road Course
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1915 Eddie O'Donnell 53 101.018 2:07:07 47.68

Venice - 3.105-mile Road Course
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1915 Barney Oldfield 97 301.185 4:24:02.4 68.438

Ascot - 1-mile Dirt Oval
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1915 Eddie O'Donnell 100 100 1:41:15.4 59.255
1916 Eddie Rickenbacker 150 150 2:13:15.2 67.541
3/17 Earl Cooper 100 100 1:27:46.8 68.353
11/17 Louis Chevrolet 10 10 0:07:51.0 76.433
11/17 Eddie Hearne 50 50 0:41:54.8 71.576
1919 Roscoe Sarles 150 150 2:07:07 70.80

Beverly Hills - 1.25-mile Board Track
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
2/20 Jimmy Murphy 200 250 2:25:17.59 103.240
3/20 Art Klein 40 50 0:27:05.00 110.769
3/20 Jimmy Murphy 40 50 0:27:10.45 110.399
3/20 Tom Milton 40 50 0:26:52.20 111.649
11/20 Roscoe Sarles 200 250 2:25:20 103.21
2/21 Ralph DePalma 20 25 0:14:05.40 106.450
2/21 Roscoe Sarles 20 25 0:13:59.0 107.27
2/21 Jimmy Murphy 20 25 0:14:27.4 103.76
2/21 Tom Milton 20 25 0:14:22.6 104.34
2/21 Ralph DePalma 40 50 0:27:56.0 107.40
4/21 Ralph DePalma 20 25 0:14:06.60 106.310
4/21 Eddie Pullen 20 25 0:13:54.0 107.91
4/21 Joe Thomas 20 25 0:14:10.8 105.78
4/21 Jimmy Murphy 20 25 0:13:59.20 107.244
4/21 Jimmy Murphy 40 50 0:27:77.4 109.26
11/21 Eddie Hearne 200 250 2:16:52.6 109.59
3/22 Tom Milton 200 250 2:15:29.95 110.702
4/22 Pietro Bordino 20 25 0:13:03.68 114.843
4/22 Tom Milton 20 25 0:13:01.47 115.168
4/22 Jimmy Murphy 20 25 0:13:07.93 114.220
4/22 Frank Elliott 20 25 0:13:05.90 114.518
4/22 Tom Milton 40 50 0:26:01.92 115.243
12/22 Jimmy Murphy 200 250 2:10:53.10 114.604
2/23 Jimmy Murphy 200 250 2:09:43.61 115.628
11/23 Bennett Hill 200 250 2:13:25.0 112.430
2/24 Harlan Fengler 200 250 2:09:14.6 116.06

Culver City - 1.25-mile Board Track
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1924 Bennett Hill 200 250 1:58:18.6 126.785
3/25 Tom Milton 200 250 1:58:13.0 126.89
11/25 Frank Elliott 200 250 1:57:18.20 127.87
1926 Bennett Hill 200 250 1:51:53.8 130.59
1927 Leon Duray 200 250 2:00:16.60 124.712

Mines Field - 1.57-mile Road Course
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1934 Kelly Petillo 126 197.82 2:24:43.14 81.624

Del Mar - 1-mile Dirt Oval
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1949 Jimmy Davies 100 100 1:10:17 85.35

Riverside - 2.6-mile, 2.5-mile, then 3.3-mile Road Course
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1967 Dan Gurney 116 301.6 2:48:51.16 107.170
1968 Dan Gurney 116 301.6 2:42:01.27 111.689
1969 Mario Andretti 120 300 2:50:08.23 105.797
1981 Rick Mears 95 313.5 2:43:40.98 108.300
1982 Rick Mears 95 313.5 2:42:14 115.944
1983 Bobby Rahal 95 313.5 2:45:28 113.678

Ontario - 2.5-mile Paved Oval
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1970 Jim McElreath 200 500 3:07:22.55 160.106
1971 Joe Leonard 200 500 3:16:54.515 152.354
1972 Roger McCluskey 200 500 No Time 151.540
8/73 Wally Dallenbach, Sr. 40 100 0:33:20.90 179.919
8/73 Johnny Rutherford 40 100 0:36:32.96 164.162
9/73 Wally Dallenbach, Sr. 200 500 3:10:16.97 157.660
1974 A.J. Foyt 40 100 0:33:55.36 176.873
1974 Johnny Rutherford 40 100 0:34:44.86 172.673
1974 Bobby Unser 200 500 3:11:03.71 157.017
1975 A.J. Foyt 40 100 0:33:52.92 177.085
1975 Wally Dallenbach, Sr. 40 100 0:39:55.13 150.305
1975 A.J. Foyt 200 500 3:14:22.28 154.344
1976 Bobby Unser 200 500 3:29:25.76 143.246
3/77 A.J. Foyt 80 200 1:17:53.12 154.073
9/77 Al Unser, Sr. 200 500 3:17:16.37 154.687
3/78 Danny Ongais 80 200 1:13:42.33 162.810
9/78 Al Unser, Sr. 200 500 3:26:40.27 145.158
3/79 A.J. Foyt 80 200 1:17:46.866 154.279
9/79 Bobby Unser 200 500 3:24:22.00 146.794
4/80 Johnny Rutherford 80 200 1:14:04.00 162.016
8/80 Bobby Unser 200 500 3:11:51.00 156.372

Fontana - 2.029-mile Paved Oval
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1997 Mark Blundell 250 507.25 3:02:42.620 166.575
1998 Jimmy Vasser 250 507.25 3:17:54.369 153.785
1999 Adrian Fernandez 250 507.25 2:57:17.542 171.666
2000 Christian Fittipaldi 250 507.25 3:38:04.376 139.563
2001 Cristiano da Matta 220 446.38 2:59:39.716 149.073
2002 Jimmy Vasser 250 507.25 2:33:42.977 197.995

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Long Beach Notes

1909 (LA to Phoenix): Only point-to-point race to count for championship points. Winning car was a Buick. It finished over four hours ahead of the second place car. 1909 (Santa Monica): First race was for heavy cars; second race for light cars. Both gave same amount of points. 1911 (Santa Monica): First race for stock chassis, second and third races which were run concurrently for heavy and medium cars, respectively, and fourth race was a "free-for-all" with only four starters. 1911 (Bakersfield): Only four cars entered. 1912: First race for light cars, second race for medium cars, and third race was a "free-for-all." Attendance was 150,000. 1913 (Santa Monica): Frank Goode disqualified for carrying fuel away from pits. 1913 (San Diego): Attendance estimated at 100,000. 1913 (Corona): Both races run concurrently. Drivers received points according to highest points in either race. Attendance estimated at 200,000. 1914 and 1916 (Santa Monica): First race was Vanderbilt Cup sanctioned by AAA. Second race was United States Grand Prize sanctioned by ACA, but AAA awarded points. 1915 (Venice): One of Oldfield's rare AAA wins. 1915 (Ascot): Jack Callaghan wrecked on lap 14 and died the next day from the injuries. 1916: Lewis Jackson and three spectators killed in crash. 11/17: First race was for 300ci and under, second race was free-for-all. 3/20: First race was scheduled for the previous week, but was postponed due to rain. 11/20: Eddie O'Donnell and his riding mechanic, Lyall Jolls, killed on lap 138. Gaston Chevrolet killed on lap 146. 2/21: In the second race, Roscoe Sarles beat Tom Milton by a tenth of a second who in turn beat Jimmy Murphy by a tenth of a second. 4/21: In the first race (heat #1), Ralph DePalma beat Roscoe Sarles by .02 seconds. In the fourth race (heat #4), Jimmy Murphy beat Roscoe Sarles by .04 seconds who in turn beat Eddie Hearne by .04 seconds. 3/22: Race started one week earlier; stopped after 93 laps and run over. 4/22: In the third race, Jimmy Murphy beat Harry Hartz by .07 seconds. 12/22: Herschel McKee killed in practice. Qualifying positions determined by draw, but had to achieve minimum speed of 105 mph to start. 2/23: Jimmy Murphy beat Bennett Hill by .06 seconds. 11/23: Car owner, George Wade, and photographer, Bill Hughes, killed when struck by Harry Hartz's car during practice lap. 2/24 (Beverly Hills): Starting lineup determined by draw. 1924 (Culver City): Race delayed one week due to rain. First appearance of Miller Front Drive. 3/25: First 25 miles were run one week earlier. 11/25: Ray Cariens killed on lap 24. 130 mph minimum qualifying speed required. 1934: Starting lineup determined by draw. Race completed under heavy fog. 1949: Rex Mays killed on lap 14 when he hit second turn inside pole, flipped, thrown out, and hit by Hal Cole. 1968: Gurney lapped the entire field. 1972: Two yellow flags caused by jackrabbits on course. 1973-5: Heat races to determine the starting lineup were run one week prior to 500 mile event. All the races awarded points. 3/78: Race delayed three weeks due to rain. 9/78: Al Unser, Sr. won by over 5 laps. Only 5 of the 31 starters finished the race. 1979: First race sanctioned by USAC, second race sanctioned by CART/SCCA. 1987: Mario Andretti lapped the entire field. 1988: Al Unser, Jr. lapped the entire field. 1991: The infamous pit lane crash between Michael Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi took place. 1993: Robby Gordon disqualified for dangerous driving after 63 laps. 1997 (Fontana): Mauricio Gugelmin sets all time closed course record with a qualifying lap of 240.942 mph. 1999 (Fontana): Greg Moore killed on lap 9. 2000 (Fontana): First 33 laps run on Sunday before rain. Remainder run following day. 2001 (Long Beach): Helio Castroneves won the pole and led from start to finish. 2001 (Fontana): Race start delayed due to rain. Race shortened due to darkness. 2002 (Long Beach): Michael Andretti breaks CART record for longest span between wins at same race -- 16 years. 2002 (Fontana): Race red flagged with five laps to go. Race restarted with two laps to go. Fastest 500 mile race ever run in the world. 2008: The last Champ Car race ever held.
 
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