The upcoming Grand Prix of Long Beach is huge for General Motors’ various race teams. Corvette Racing and Cadillac Racing will be searching for success on the 1.968-mile street course, while Team Chevy’s IndyCar entries will also be hoping to have a winning weekend in California.
The Long Beach race is the third stop on the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule and the second street course race. Team Chevy’s Juan Pablo Montoya, who is currently first in the IndyCar driver’s standings, won the first street race of the season at St. Petersburg and also won at Long Beach in 1999. The Team Penske driver is a favorite to help Chevy defend its title at the track.
“Team Chevy is eager to get to the streets of Long Beach this coming weekend and pick up where we left off at St. Pete,” said Chevrolet Racing Program Manager for the Verizon IndyCar Series, Chris Berube. “Long Beach is always a special event on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule and the fan base is enthusiastic and loyal. Street courses present unique challenges and for this circuit in particular the solid execution of the hairpin leading to the curved front straight is a critical element for a fast lap.”
Other Team Chevy drivers have also experienced success on the tight Long Beach track apart from Montoya, including Helio Castroneves, who won from pole in 2001, Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power.