IndyCar Series

Preview

as of Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:40 AM.



Verizon IndyCar Series - Firestone G.P. of St. Petersburg Preview

Date: Sunday, March 29

Start Time: 3:37 p.m. ET (green flag)

Site: Streets of St. Petersburg -- St. Petersburg, Florida

Track: 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit

Laps: 110

Miles: 198

Capacity:

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 12th (11th IndyCar sanctioned)

On TV: ABC

Announcers:

On Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite

Race record: Will Power, 2014 (93.572 mph)

Qualifying record: Sebastien Bourdais, 2003 CART race (106.710 mph)

2014 Finish

Defending champion: Will Power

Runner up: Ryan Hunter-Reay

Pole winner: Takuma Sato (104.738 mph)

Top 10:

1. Will Power (Start: 4)

2. Ryan Hunter-Reay (3)

3. Helio Castroneves (10)

4. Scott Dixon (5)

5. Simon Pagenaud (14)

6. Tony Kanaan (2)

7. Takuma Sato (1)

8. Justin Wilson (16)

9. Josef Newgarden (22)

10. Ryan Briscoe (9)

Average speed: 93.572 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 6 mins. 57.6288 secs.

Margin of victory: 1.9475 secs.

Caution flags: 2 for 10 laps

Lead changes: 7 among 4 drivers

Past winners

2014 Will Power, Dallara-Chevrolet, 93.572 mph

2013 James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevrolet, 83.539 mph

2012 Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevrolet, 90.113 mph

2011 Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 89.260 mph

2010 Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 84.975 mph

2009 Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 81.542 mph

2008 Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 74.251 mph

2007 Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 89.166 mph

2006 Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 92.340 mph

2005 Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 83.140 mph

2004 , , ot Held

2003 Paul Tracy, Lola-Ford, 91.401 mph (CART sanctioned race)

Last race

Race: MAVTV 500 (Aug. 30, 2014)

Site: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, California

Miles: 500

Laps: 250

Finish line order: Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon, Ed Carpenter, Juan Pablo Montoya, James Hinchcliffe

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 32 mins., 58.4659 secs.

Average speed: 196.111 mph

Margin of victory: 3.6750 secs.

Caution flags: 1 for 12 laps

Lead changes: 17 among 9 drivers

Lap leaders: Helio Castroneves - pole; Juan Pablo Montoya 1; Castroneves 2-5; Helio Castroneves - pole; Juan Pablo Montoya 1; Castroneves 2-5; Montoya 6-33; Scott Dixon 34-35; Castroneves 36-37; Marco Andretti 38; Montoya 39-56; James Hinchcliffe 57-73; Montoya 74-99; Ed Carpenter 100-102; Ryan Hunter-Reay 103-107; Montoya 108-119; Hunter-Reay 120-140; Dixon 141-143; Castroneves 144-178; Tony Kanaan 179-188; Will Power 189-196; Kanaan 197-250.

Entry list

#1 * Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia) Chevrolet/Team Penske

#2 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/Team Penske

#3 Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil Chevrolet/Team Penske

#4 Stefano Coletti (Monaco) Chevrolet/KV Racing Technology

#5 James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada) Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

#7 James Jakes (Leeds, England) Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

#8 Sage Karem (Nazareth, PA) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#9 Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#10 Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#11 Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France) Chevrolet/KVSH Racing

#14 Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan) Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises

#15 Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH) Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

#18 Carlos Huertas (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#19 Francesco Dracone (Turin, Italy) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#20 Luca Filippi (Savigliano, Italy) Chevrolet/CFH Racing

#22 Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France Chevrolet/Team Penske

#25 Simona de Silvestro (Thun, Switz.) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#26 Carlos Munoz (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#27 Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL Honda/Andretti Autosport

#41 Jack Hawksworth (Bradford, England) Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises

#67 Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN) Honda/CFH Racing

#83 Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#98 Gabby Chaves (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Bryan Herta Autosport

Leading contenders

Name 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Will Power --- --- 8 6 Won 2 7 16 Won
Ryan Hunter-Reay --- 17 --- 2 11 21 3 18 2
Helio Castroneves Won Won 2 --- 4 20 Won 2 3
Scott Dixon 2 2 22 16 18 16 2 5 4
Simon Pagenaud --- --- --- --- --- --- 6 24 5
Tony Kanaan 3 3 3 5 10 3 25 4 6
Takuma Sato --- --- --- --- 22 5 11 8 7
Sebastien Bourdais --- --- --- --- --- 25 21 11 13
Graham Rahal --- --- Won 7 9 17 12 13 14
Juan Pablo Montoya --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 15
Carlos Munoz --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 15
James Hinchcliffe --- --- --- --- --- --- 4 Won 19
Charlie Kimball --- --- --- --- --- 22 22 12 20
Marco Andretti 15 4 25 13 12 24 14 3 22

Notes

The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.

St. Petersburg has hosted an IndyCar race each year since 2005. This event has been the season-opener in the series the past four years as well as in 2009. The inaugural G.P. of St. Petersburg was a CART sanctioned race and won by Paul Tracy on Feb. 23, 2003.

Helio Castroneves holds the record for most victories in the G.P. of St. Petersburg with three (2006, '07 and '12). Will Power, the reigning IndyCar champion and Castroneves' teammate at Team Penske, is the only other driver with multiple wins in this race (2010 and '14).

Tony Kanaan has seven top-5 finishes in St. Petersburg, which is more than any other driver. Kanaan has yet to win a race at this circuit. His best finish there is second, which came in '05.

The winner in St. Petersburg has gone on to win the IndyCar championship three times: Dan Wheldon (2005), Dario Franchitti (2011) and Power (2014).

This race has been won from the pole position just twice: Castroneves (2007) and Power (2010). Power had won four consecutive poles in St. Pete from 2010-13. Takuma Sato snapped his streak of pole wins there last year.

When Graham Rahal took the checkered flag in St. Pete on April 6, 2008, he became the youngest driver ever to win an IndyCar race. Rahal was 19 years and 93 days old when he scored his first career victory in the series.

The next race is the April 12 inaugural running of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park, located just outside of New Orleans.



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