Verizon IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud breezed to a top place finish today, the final IndyCar race of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It was, perhaps, the only thing breezy about the day, which featured sweltering temps that reached the mid-80s, but felt like more on the black asphalt and cement of the course.
Day one of the Grand Prix is a bit lower-key than the rest of the weekend’s extravaganza, as any local knows. The people flocking to the stands likely have to take a day off of work, and the rounds of racing are purely for the sake of practice or qualification. But the spectators are every bit as passionate as those who turn out on Sunday, the day of the big IndyCar race.