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Long Beach Grand Prix is a driver favorite

Long Beach Grand Prix is a driver favorite

At last year's Indianapolis 500, the slowest average speed during qualifying was just a bit under 220 mph. At this weekend's 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the top qualifiers will barely eclipse 100 mph.

Nevertheless, the Long Beach Grand Prix is consistently singled out by drivers as one of the best venues on the IndyCar circuit.

"It's definitely the one street course you want to win," two-time Long Beach champion Will Power said. "There's a lot of history, and I think it's second to the Indy 500."

That's because a breakneck pace isn't the objective at the 1.97-mile Long Beach course. Drivers are instead preoccupied with the 11 turns they will...