Race Report: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

April 9, 2017

 

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Carlos Munoz recorded his first top-10 finish for the ABC Supply team with his seventh place finish in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Sunday afternoon on the 1.968-mile temporary street circuit in the port city.

 

Munoz, who started 14th in the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet, moved into the top 10 after the first lap crash involving Will Power and Charlie Kimball in Turn 4 of the 11-turn circuit. It was the second straight race that Kimball was involved in a lap 1 accident.

 

Unlike the first race of the season in St. Petersburg, Fla. where Munoz was hit by Kimball after Kimball’s steering was knocked out in an incident with Graham Rahal, Munoz was able to navigate through today’s accident scene without trouble.

 

He pitted early in his fuel window, thus committing to a three-stop fuel strategy which is what most of the field did except the race winner James Hinchcliffe, who did it in just two stops. Munoz was rarely out of the top 12 and he popped into the top 10 when Alexander Rossi stopped on course bringing out a full course yellow on lap 62.

 

Munoz was running ninth when Rossi’s teammates Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay also slowed on course with less than 10 laps to go in the 85-lap race. Although Munoz was ahead of Sato at the time, Hunter-Reay’s woes allowed Munoz to gain a spot. He claimed seventh when Graham Rahal had to duck into the pits due to a punctured tire with eight laps to go.

 

 

“Finally got some good points for AJ Foyt Racing, finishing 7th after a hard weekend,” said Munoz. “We think that’s the best position we could have had. We improved the car a lot but it’s still not there. We still need to improve it but I’m really happy with my crew and my