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Graham Rahal expects five extra laps to enhance Long Beach race

Graham Rahal is expecting the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach to potentially feature alternate strategies and see the drivers push a lot harder, with this year’s race scheduled for 85 laps instead of 80. This change in the lap count is the first since 2013, when the event was actually shortened from 85 to 80 laps and was won by Japanese racer Takuma Sato. Historically speaking the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has had a varied lap count, with the Formula 1 race back in the 1970s and 1980s between 75 and 80 laps long.  However, when the event became an IndyCar race in 1984, the lap count increased to between a high of 112 laps in 1984 and a low of 74 laps in 2006.  Despite...
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