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8 things to know about the Long Beach Grand Prix

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This 40th edition of the Grand Prix of Long Beach will be staged this weekend in California. Between 1976 and 1983, the race featured the Formula 1 cars. The IndyCar machinery then replaced the F1 cars.

Here are eight things to know about this unique street race.

* The maiden Long Beach race was held in 1975. It featured Formula 5000 race cars. Britain's Brian Redman won the race in a LolaT332-Chevrolet.

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* The first Formula 1 Grand prix was presented in 1976. Clay Regazzoni (Ferrari) captured victory ahead of his teammate, Niki Lauda and Patrick Depailler in a Tyrrell-Ford.

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* American racing star Mario Andretti has the highest number of poles at Long Beach with 4.

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* In 1983, Ireland's John Watson (McLaren-Ford F1) started the race in 22nd place and sliced through the field to score victory.

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* The closest finish took place in 1986, when Michael Andretti crossed the line first ahead of Al Unser Jr. by 0.380s.

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* Al Unser Jr. took the start of the race 15 times and scored a record of 6 wins.

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* The current street circuit is 1.97-mile in length and has 11 turns.





* Au menu this year: The Verizon IndyCar series, the Indy Lights series, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Pro/Celebrity Race, Pirelli World Challenge, a SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Race and the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge.

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