The big names -- Penske, Ganassi, Andretti -- are back at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Unfortunately, very few of them or their drivers showed up to the media lunch at The Laugh Factory on Wednesday.
Gil de Ferran was there, proudly displaying his American Le Mans Series team's colors. Will Power from Team Penske made an appearance, as did Robert Doornbos, a driver from Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing.
Power won the Champ Car World Series race at Long Beach last year. It was the last race for the Champ Car World Series. The Indy Racing League IndyCar Series teams and drivers will take the streets this year.
But no drivers from Andretti Green Racing or Target Chip Ganassi Racing were there. That meant no Danica Patrick, no Scott Dixon, no Marco Andretti, no Dario Franchitti.
Among the drivers who were there: Davey Hamilton and Scott Sharp. Sharp apparently is going to announce that he is returning to race in the Indianapolis 500. Details are pending. For the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Sharp, like de Ferran, is racing in the American Le Mans Series.