Hunter-Reay wins at Long Beach
19 April 2010 – Ryan Hunter-Reay has become the third different winner from four 2010 races by winning the second round of the season at Long Beach. The victory, which saw the American lead home Britain's Justin Wilson and championship leader Will Power, marks the first for the Andretti Autosport team under its current guide.
With Power having won the season's first two races for Penske, team-mate Helio Castroneves kept up the team's winning streak at the Barber Motorsports Park; a pole for Power at Long Beach looked to point towards another Penske success although Sunday's result confirms otherwise.
Starting second, Hunter-Reay remained in position off the start as Power led away. However, the Penske ran into problems 17 laps into the race, as the car's gearbox briefly allowed no shift up from first gear upon exiting the hairpin, gifting the two leading places to Hunter-Reay and Dreyer & Reinbold's Wilson.
Power, with his issue having proven to be intermittent, looked to out of contention for the win until the leader encountered the Dale Coyne car of Alex Lloyd, set to be lapped, and was in-turn bottled back up into the chasing duo; drama soon occurred as Wilson, who had watched Hunter-Reay attempt to pass the Manchester man for several laps, began to follow through - only to be clipped and have to pit for a new front wing.
Wilson's additional visit to the pit lane confirmed that Power inherited second spot although his holding of the position soon appeared to be short-lived, courtesy of a strong move by the ex Formula 1 driver at Turn 1. Despite his improved pace in the late stages, though, Wilson was prevented from catching the leader due to traffic.
2008 Champion Scott Dixon finished the day 'best of the rest' in fourth as Tony Kanaan confirmed that two Andretti cars made the top five. Moraes and Castroneves continued the series of Brazilian drivers as Briscoe, Wheldon and Conway rounded out the top ten.
The Fazzt car of Alex Tagliani had been included in that particular group although a pit-stop refuelling blunder and subsequent collision with Simona de Silvestro and Danica Patrick confirmed that the Canadian's day was over early.
Round 5 of the 2010 season will be held at the Kansas Speedway on 1 May