Long Beach a Track That Holds a Special Place In Simon Pagenaud’s Heart

INDIANAPOLIS – After a second place finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener at St. Pete, Simon Pagenaud is now setting his sights on winning for a second consecutive year on the streets of Long Beach. But, it’s not just the fact that Pagenaud won in Long Beach last year, it’s how he did it. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is the longest running major “street” race held on the North American continent. It all started in 1975 and is still going today as the April 9 event…

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From Last to 1st, Sebastien Bourdais Wins Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – He didn’t know it then, but that crash in qualifying on Saturday ended up being a blessing in disguise for Sebastien Bourdais. The St. Pete native was forced to start 21st, last, in Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series season opener, which as weird as this sounds, worked to his advantage. By starting back there, he missed the opening lap crash between Graham Rahal, Mikhail Aleshin, Charlie Kimball and Carlos Munoz. Also by starting back there, he was able to go off sequence early and benefit from the…

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Simon Pagenaud Backs Up Title Defense With 2nd Consecutive Runner-Up Finish at St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete was a French connection. Both of which capitalized on the Lap 25 caution to bring two French drivers 1-2 in today’s Verizon IndyCar Series season opener. Simon Pagenaud benefited the most coming from a 14th starting spot to a second place finish in his No. 1 Chevrolet this afternoon. When qualifying ended yesterday, everyone was concerned to how Pagenaud would do this weekend. He was struggling with the new brakes and the team was struggling with getting the handling…

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Honda’s Dominate Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete, Taking 4 of the Top 5 Spots

St. Petersburg, Fla – Last year, Chevrolet drivers dominated the entire 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Away from the superspeedways, they led all but 116 laps and took every pole and race victory. With the aerokit freeze, why would it be any different? Instead, it was. Honda was dominant on the streets of St. Pete from the drop of the green flag for the opening practice session on Friday morning and it lasted through the checkered flag of Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete.

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Lap 25 Caution Turning Point of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete, Hurts Hinchcliffe, Dixon Others

St. Petersburg, Fla – The biggest storyline of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season opening race on the streets of St. Pete has to be the Lap 25 caution. Debris was all over the track from contact between Mikhail Aleshin and Tony Kanaan which brought out the second caution of the race. That was the turning point. Several cars had already pitted which really hurt the leaders at that point of the race. James Hinchcliffe, had a 3+ second lead over second place Scott Dixon and was starting to get…

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After a Frustrating Weekend, Ryan Hunter-Reay Still Nabs 4th Place Finish in St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – If Ryan Hunter-Reay didn’t have bad luck this weekend, he’d have no luck at all. In qualifying on Saturday afternoon, Hunter-Reay got into the concrete barrier causing some damage to his No. 28 Honda. He’d not get much of an attempt in the second round of knockout qualifying for the Firestone Fast Six and start 11th. Then, in the morning warm-up, the rear brakes went out on Hunter-Reay’s Andretti Autosport entry entering Turn 10 and he went into the tire barriers as a result. The team…

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Top 5 Drivers to Watch for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Team Penske has dominated the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete the last several years. They’ve won eight of the 12 years the Verizon IndyCar Series has been coming to the 1.8-mile street circuit, including the last three years and four of the last five. Furthermore, Penske drivers have started 1-2-3-4 the last two years and led 90-percent of the overall laps in those races. But, that looks like it could be changing this year. Honda’s have been the strongest teams so far this weekend while…

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