Tempers flare at Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Tempers flared all around the streets of Long Beach, where drivers declared friendships over after a physical race at the Toyota Grand Prix.
Simon Pagenaud refused to accept a post-race apology from Will Power, and Justin Wilson was furious with Scott Dixon. James Hinchcliffe tried to be diplomatic but failed to hide his displeasure with teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, who triggered a seven-car crash with 24 laps to go.
The one team smiling at the end of Sunday’s race? Ed Carpenter Racing, which got an unexpected win from Mike Conway.
Conway, hired this year when team owner and oval specialist Carpenter decided to get out of the car on road and street courses, started 17th and overcame an early broken wing to win the Toyota Grand Prix for the second time in his career. The British driver was chasing Dixon over the final few laps, then got the lead when Dixon stopped for fuel two laps from the finish.