• Hinchcliffe wins the Grand Prix of Long Beach

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    James Hinchcliffe wins the Grand Prix of Long Beach
    LONG BEACH: James Hinchcliffe roared home on the Long Beach
    street circuit Sunday to win the second IndyCar race of the season and
    capture his first victory since a near fatal crash in 2015. The 30-year-old from Toronto became the second Canadian to win at Long Beach as he held
    on through two late restarts to beat runner-up Sebastien Bourdais of France.

    And F1 tie ins include
    - From 1976 to 1983 the event was a Formula One race,
    - Hinchcliffe's team owner Sam Schmidt was inspired by
    Frank Williams.
    - Max Chilton, whose best finish in F1 was 13th, finished 14th.
    - Alexander Rossi whose best F1 finish was 12th, finished 19th.
    - Takuma Sato whose best F1 finish was a 3rd, finished 18th.

    Samuel "Sam" Schmidt (born August 15, 1964, in Lincoln, Nebraska) is a
    former Indy Racing League driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights series team owner.
    During that offseason, while testing in preparation for the 2000 season, Schmidt crashed at Walt Disney World Speedway on January 6, 2000. The
    accident rendered him a quadriplegic, and put him on a respirator for five months.[1]
    After leaving the hospital, Schmidt, no longer able to actually drive a racecar, realized he needed to find a new passion and follow it. Inspired by meeting tetraplegic Formula One team owner Sir Frank Williams, he founded
    Sam Schmidt Motorsports, which has become the most successful team in the history of the Indy Lights series, winning the 2004 series championship with Thiago Medeiros, the 2006 title with Jay Howard, and the 2007 title with
    Alex Lloyd. Sam Schmidt Motorsports was a full-time IndyCar series team in
    2001 and 2002, and continues to participate annually in the Indianapolis
    500. In the Firestone Indy Lights series, as of August 2009 the team had
    posted 30 victories out of 100 starts.

    From 1976 to 1983 the event was a Formula One race, commonly known as
    the United States Grand Prix West.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Schmidt https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schmidt_Peterson_Motorsports https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_IndyCar_Series https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Chilton https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Rossi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takuma_Sato

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