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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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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For 7th Time in 8 Years, Will Power Wins the Pole for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Last year, Chevrolet’s dominated the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. On tracks like St. Pete, they led all but 116 laps throughout the entire season from a year ago. Furthermore, Team Penske has seen their cars start 1-2-3-4 the last two years here, so with an aerokit freeze in the offseason, why expect anything less? Well, it couldn’t have gone more opposite this weekend so far. Honda’s have been strong since the first practice started yesterday, and that carried over to qualifying this afternoon. Honda’s took…

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Changes Made Has Marco Andretti Starting 15th for Sunday’s IndyCar Season Opener at St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Marco Andretti called the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season the most frustrating year of his career. He said he  had to work both physically and mentally on himself in the offseason and spoke on the importance on getting out of the gates much stronger in the season opener at St. Pete. So far, I’d say whatever he’s done differently, it’s working. Andretti, is now driving like the driver we all thought he could be. He came out of the gates like he hoped to on Friday…

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James Hinchcliffe Quietly Having a Stellar Weekend in St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Racing on the streets of St. Pete has been either feast or famine for James Hinchcliffe. He didn’t race here in his rookie season in 2011 and in his first start in 2012, he came home fourth. The very next year, he would win his first career Verizon IndyCar Series race on the 1.8-mile street circuit in reaching victory lane in 2013. Unfortunately, its been a struggle ever since. Hinchcliffe’s last three finishes at St. Pete are 19th, 16th and 19th respectively. But, this weekend is…

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