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1978 was the 3rd running of the Grand Prix on the streets of Long Beach. It was generally liked by the drivers but because of it being a street circuit it was very challenging and gained a reputation for being hard on the machinery.

The track also got a reputation for being Ferrari friendly as Ferrari drivers Carlos Reutemann and Jacque Villeneuve qualified one and two.

For much of the race the battle was among Villeneuve, Lauda, Jones, and Reutemann. All but Reutemann had car failures and he cruised to the finish followed by Mario Andretti's Lotus 78.

Andretti would eventually become the 1978 World Champion
Brett Lunger, #30 McLaren-Ford M23Mario Andretti, #5 Lotus-Ford 78John Watson, #2 Brabham-Alfa RomeoLamberto Leoni, #22 Ensign-Ford N177Jody Scheckter, #20 Wolf-Ford WR1Ryan Keegan, #18 Surtees-Ford TS19Jacque Laffite, #26 Ligier-Matra JS7/9Carlos Reutemann, #11 Ferrari 312T3Gilles Villeneuve, #12 Ferrari 312T3Ricardo Patrese, #35 Arrows-Ford A1Emerson Fittapaldi, #14 Fittapaldi-Ford F5AAlan Jones, #27 Williams-Ford FW06Patrick Depailler, #4 Tyrrell-Ford 008Jean-Pierre Jabouille, #15 Renault-Gordini RS01Clay Regazzoni, #17 Shadow-Ford DN9A Merzario, #37 Merzario-Ford A1Niki Lauda, #1 Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT46Mario andretti, #5 Lotus-Ford 78Ronnie Peterson, #6 Lotus-Ford 78Jochen Mass, #9 ATS-Ford H1

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