After Positive Start To St. Pete Weekend, Firestone Grand Prix Ended Frustrating For ECR Duo

INDIANAPOLIS – Heading into the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, no one really knew what to expect out of the Ed Carpenter Racing duo. In the full-time seat, was Spencer Pigot. He spent the past two years as a part-time driver in the series. Replacing him in the part-time seat in sharing with team owner Ed Carpenter, was Jordan King. He’s a driver with zero experience on any tracks in the United States. With a brand new car for the season and virtually two new drivers, how would they fare in…

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Carlin Drivers Pleased, But Not Satisfied, With St. Pete Results

INDIANAPOLIS – After years of competing overseas in Europe, Carlin came over to the United States with big dreams of being among the top Verizon IndyCar Series team. They dreamed of rivaling teams like Penske, Ganassi and Andretti for INDYCAR supremacy. But, first things first, lets do it right. Carlin, jumped into Indy Lights competition in 2015. They’d remain there for 2016 and 2017 too. But, in the offseason, it was a perfect storm for them to move up. Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball were let go from their Ganassi rides.…

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Coming Out of The Pits In Traffic Costs Andretti a Top 5 Finish

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – Marco Andretti was well on his way to a top five finish in Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete. He was on the right pit strategy and was running in the top five near the mid portion of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season opener. Unfortunately, some bad luck on his pit sequence led him to a ninth place finish in his No. 98 Honda. Andretti, had the pace all weekend. But like this luck in the race, he was always getting fast runs and catching…

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What Wickens and Rossi Had To Say About Lap 108 Incident

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – What a wild and thrilling 2018 season opening Verizon IndyCar Series race on the streets of St. Pete on Sunday. We nearly saw a rookie winner making his first career series start take the checkered flag first for the fourth time in series history. Instead, it ended in a controversial way. Robert Wickens had to stave off Alexander Rossi not one, not two, but three times over the final 11 laps of Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete. He drove flawlessly in all.

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Hinchcliffe Salvages 4th Place Finish on Sunday at St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – Heading to the final green flag of the race on Lap 108 of the 110 lap Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports had cars in first and fifth place. Unfortunately, coming out of the first corner, they were in fourth and 18th. Robert Wickens and Alexander Rossi made contact on the restart in that first corner, causing Wickens’ car to come to a crashing stop. Wickens, was leading at the time. His SPM teammate James Hinchcliffe had to narrowly avoid being caught up in…

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Despite Bad Luck To Start The Race, Hunter-Reay Still Lands Top 5 Finish In St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – If Ryan Hunter-Reay didn’t have any bad luck, he’d have no luck at all. It seems like every time he has a car more than capable of reaching victory lane, some mechanical malfunction normally takes him out of contention. Luckily on Sunday, Hunter-Reay showed just how good of a car he really had and made most wonder what if? Hunter-Reay, was quickest on the overall speed charts on Friday. He was third quickest in the first session, tops in the second. 

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Main Takeaways From Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – The new era of the Verizon IndyCar Series is officially underway. For the second straight year, Sebastien Bourdais won Sunday’s 2018 season opener on the streets of St. Pete. It was the first race of the new 2018 car as well. Now that the first race of the season is in the rear view mirror, he are my main takeaways from this weekend. 

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Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing Struggle In INDYCAR Season Opener at St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – In the offseason, Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing shed three combined cars from their driver lineup. With a new car coming out for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, would having a lighter garage hurt them? While they do have the most resources out of any team out there, losing three voices and data to go off of ended up proving to be costly this weekend in St. Pete. Team Penske had won seven of the last eight Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete poles. They…

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All 5 Honda Teams Grab Spots In The Top 6 Sunday at St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – With a brand new car for the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018, everyone was wondering who would be the top manufacturer out of the gates. Rumor had it, the Honda teams were going to be the ones to beat. They had the preferred engine in the past, but their aerokit side was holding them back. Chevrolet teams, most notably Team Penske, capitalized on that. Well, how would the season opening weekend in St. Pete go?

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For 2nd Straight Year, Bourdais Wins Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete started wild and ended that way too. On the first lap, we’d see five of the 24 starters with an issue. One of which was Sebastien Bourdais. On the second to last lap, we’d see more wild racing. Alexander Rossi got into leader Robert Wickens in Turn 1 on the final restart on Lap 108 and got both cars out of line as a result. Bourdais, who restarted third, snuck by and won the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener on…

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