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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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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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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Marco Andretti/Scott Dixon Lead Opening Day of IndyCar Practice at St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – You don’t get a shiny new trophy or a big bonus check for being fastest in the season opening Verizon IndyCar Series practice session of the year. Heck, most don’t even remember it. But, for Marco Andretti, being fastest in session No. 1 of the 2017 season means as much to him as a race victory. Andretti, paced the 1.8-mile St. Pete circuit in 1:03.7559-seconds in his No. 27 Honda on Friday morning which was good enough to top the leaderboard among the 21 drivers here this…

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Petro-Canada Lubricants Will Return to James Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Honda In 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – Petro-Canada Lubricants is pleased to announce a renewed partnership with Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe as well as an increased relationship with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. After a successful 2016 partnership, this renewal will cover the entire 2017 IndyCar racing season and will see enhanced Petro-Canada Lubricants branding featured on James’ race car as well as additional Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team assets. The expanded placements will create more brand awareness for our marquee distributors, customers, and clients who are watching James compete each weekend. “We are very excited…

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James Hinchcliffe Disappointed With Running Out of Gas at the End

WATKINS GLEN, NY – The wins aren’t there, but no one is hotter in the Verizon IndyCar Series right now than James Hinchcliffe. Don’t tell him that though as Hinchcliffe has left the track extremely disappointed two weeks in-a-row now. The Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports driver led 188 laps last Saturday night only to lose on a photo finish at Texas. Today, he took that aggression out in Watkins Glen this weekend as Hinchcliffe drove his No. 5 Honda to third place on the final lap on Sunday afternoon at the 3.4-mile…

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