Indianapolis, Indiana April 21, 2024

The Long Beach street circuit is renowned as one of the tightest tracks on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES calendar. This can make passing cars and gaining positions challenging. However, it didn’t deter Juncos Hollinger Racing drivers Romain Grosjean and Agustin Canapino on Sunday, as the two moved up a combined 13 positions in the Long Beach Grand Prix.

Ricardo Juncos:

“Great job for the whole team today. Start P16 with Romain Grosjean, finished P8. I think it was a great race for him. As well as Canapino, start from P20, finished 15th. I think we are so happy today because for the first time in the last two years we executed proper pit-stops with both cars through the whole race. We implemented a few new systems and got a lot of data as well. Now we will be looking forward to next week’s race in Barber, AL.”

Grosjean started the race from 16th on the grid after narrowly missing out on the Fast 12 in Saturday’s qualifying session. The French driver had a quiet start to the race, advancing one position on the first few laps and gaining another on Lap 11 after a penalty was issued to Pato O’Ward.

The pivotal moment of the race occurred on Lap 15, when an incident involving Christian Rasmussen brought out the race’s first and only yellow flag. The field divided into two strategies, with many cars, including Canapino choosing to pit early, while Grosjean and the rest of the field chose to stay out.

 

Romain Grosjean:

“P16 to P8, it was a great Long Beach Grand Prix for us. Agustin (Canapino) had a great race as well. It was a great race for us as a team. We can be proud of that. We improved a lot from St. Pete, and I’m happy that we were able to show such a strong outing on the track. Can’t wait for next weekend in Barber.”

Grosjean eventually took his first pit stop on Lap 32, cycling out to 17th but setting him up well for a fuel-saving two-stop strategy. After a clean, efficient middle stint, he made his second and last pit stop on Lap 57 and found himself in 10th for the final laps of the race.

The productive day continued for Grosjean as he refused to settle for a top 10 finish. With just three laps to go, he overtook pole sitter Felix Rosenqvist for 8th place, securing his best result for Juncos Hollinger Racing and his highest finish since last year’s Nashville Grand Prix, where he finished 6th.

Canapino started the race 20th and took the opposite strategy during the Lap 15 caution, making an early pit stop and adopting the more aggressive three-stop strategy.

Agustin Canapino:

“Another 15th for us. We are really happy. The execution was good. Unfortunately, the strategy wasn’t the best at the end. We had bad luck, honestly, with the strategy. The execution as perfect. Thanks to the whole team for the excellent pit stops. The pace was incredible. We finished 15th in a difficult race. Very high level for everybody. Top-15, more points, and we are happy. Hope for more in the next race.”

The Argentine native climbed as high as ninth early in the race, after drivers on the two-stop strategy pitted. He continued to battle and maintain a clean race, making his final pit stop on Lap 60 and rejoining the race in 20th position.

With plenty of fuel and a strong feel for the car, Canapino carved his way through the field on the final stint. He made up five positions after his last pit stop and crossed the finish line in 15th, his best points-scoring effort of the year.

The strong points finish moves Grosjean up to 13th in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship with 30 points, while Canapino isn’t far behind in 17th with 27 points. The duo gets back on track next weekend at Barber Motorsports Park on April 28, when they take on the Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix at 1:00 PM ET on NBC and Peacock.