IndyCar at Long Beach Grand Prix

Five Team Chevy Drivers Finish in Top-10

With a fifth-place finish, JR Hildebrand, No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet, led a contingent of five Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers in the top-10 finishing positions of the Grand Prix of Long Beach Indy. Hildebrand scored his best finish of the season after starting the 80-lap, 157.4-mile race in 12th on the 27-car grid.

"I’m really proud of the run we had and the pit crew guys did such an awesome job,” said Hildebrand. “We made up three or four of those spots in the pits on our last stop. We struggled in the first stint and were going backwards, but we had a great strategy and ended up on the sticker reds in the end and I was able to pass several guys there at the end just using the overtake.”

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Charter Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet, finished in sixth place, followed by Marco Andretti, No. 25 RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, in the seventh finishing position. Simona de Silvestro brought the No. 78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KV Racing Technology Chevrolet to the checkered flag in ninth place.

Marco Andretti (left) passes Helio Castroneves.

Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Auto Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet, retained the lead in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with a 10th-place finish in today’s race on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary course on the Streets of Long Beach.

“At the end of the day the lemon became the lemonade with our finish,” said Castroneves. “We are very happy to come out of here still leading the points, and now we have focus on what we need to do to improve.”