Scott Dixon conserves fuel to win 2024 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Indycar race

Scott Dixon won the 2024 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach with Colton Herta finishing in second and Alex Palou in third. (Jason Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)

Long Beach, Calif. — Scott Dixon captured the checkered flag at the 49th annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Indycar race. This was Scott Dixon’s 57th win of his career. In addition, it was his second time winning at the Streets of Long Beach—after his first in 2015. 

“A big credit to the team, obviously, it’s a huge weekend for Acura, for Honda,” Dixon said at the post-race press conference. “We kind of have a light that comes on that gives you a couple of laps heads up that you’re actually going to run out of fuel. I didn’t see it with two laps to go. My stress level was pretty high. A big weekend for Chip with a couple of cars on the podium. It’s a lot of fun. That’s what we need to keep doing.”

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver gained the lead on lap 62 and never looked back. He finished ahead of second place finisher Colton Herta by a margin of just under a second. Alex Palou finished in third—rounding out the podium—after starting in sixth. Pole winner Felix Rosenqvist ended up in ninth position. 

“I’m happy to get a podium in my hometown of Southern California,” Herta said at the winner’s circle ceremony. “We’ve got to maximize everything everyday. It’s great to be here and here’s to many more.”

The 85-lap race was mostly problem free. There was only one caution flag on lap 15 when Christian Rasmussen’s race car hit the turn four wall. There were eight lead changes among six different drivers. 

There were six lap leaders in Sundays Indycar race in Long Beach. Race winner Scott Dixon led 42 laps followed by Josef Newgarden who led 19 and Will Power led 15.  Other lap leaders included Colton Herta with seven laps while Kyle Kirkwood and Felix Rosenqvist each led one lap. 

The 2024 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach lasted 1 hour, 42 minutes and 3 seconds. The average speed during the race was 98.350 mph. Marcus Ericsson had the fastest lap at 104.543 mph. 

Racing fans I spoke to said they had a great time and are looking forward to returning to the 50th annual event next year.

“I like Scott Dixon, I’ve always liked Scott Dixon but we were cheering for one of the Swedes—either Marcus Ericsson or Felix Rosenqvist,” said racing fans Jim and Meg Benson from Wayzata, Minn. “Before the race, we were able to see some of the drivers. You can get some pictures taken with them. I like the interaction between the drivers and the fans.”

“I love Scott Dixon, he is always one of the best,” said Jamie Robson from Huntington Beach, Calif. “He knows how to save his fuel, save his tires and just go fast when you need it. How can you not love him? The experience here today was incredible. Everywhere you look is just filled with racing fans. There’s so many things to do, to see and to experience. Indycar always puts on an amazing show.”

“It’s fantastic, being able to walk around and see the cars and being in the paddock with everybody,” said Christina Smith from Georgetown, Ind. “It’s really cool. I grew up in Indianapolis watching the Indianapolis 500. It was fun doing that.”

Following Sunday’s race, Josef Newgarden now leads in driver points with 87. Scott Dixon is now in second with 75 points and Colton Herta is in third place with 72 points. 

The Historic Indy Car Challenge Race #2 kicked off the racing action on Sunday. The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach wrapped up with the GT America Race #2.

Next up: The NTT Indycar Series heads to the Barber Motorsports Park for the Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix. 

— video by Jason Rzucidlo / AmericaJR

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