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as of Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:39 AM.



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

Date: Sunday, March 30

Start Time: 3:20 p.m. ET

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

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

Laps: 110

Miles: 198

Capacity:

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 10th

On TV: ABC

Announcers:

On Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite

Race record: Helio Castroneves, 2006 (92.340 mph)

Qualifying record: Will Power, 2013 (105.870 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: James Hinchcliffe

Runner up: Helio Castroneves

Pole winner: Will Power (105.870 mph)

Top 10:

1. James Hinchcliffe (Start: 4)

2. Helio Castroneves (5)

3. Marco Andretti (7)

4. Tony Kanaan (11)

5. Scott Dixon (20)

6. Simona de Silvestro (3)

7. E.J. Viso (22)

8. Takuma Sato (2)

9. Justin Wilson (13)

10. Alex Tagliani (17)

Average speed: 83.539 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 22 mins. 12.5502 secs.

Margin of victory: 1.0982 secs.

Caution flags: 4 for 29 laps

Lead changes: 4 among 4 drivers

Past winners

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

Last race

Race: MAVTV 500 (Oct. 19, 2013)

Site: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, Calif.

Miles: 500

Laps: 250

Finish line order: Will Power, Ed Carpenter, Tony Kanaan, James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon

Time of Race: 3 hrs., 13 mins., 42.8699 secs.

Average speed: 154.867 mph

Margin of victory: 1.4883 secs.

Caution flags: 7 for 55 laps

Lead changes: 28 among 11 drivers

Lap leaders: Will Power 1-11; Sebastien Bourdais 12-31; Ryan Hunter-Reay Will Power 1-11; Sebastien Bourdais 12-31; Ryan Hunter-Reay 32-34; Power 35-38; James Jakes 39; Hunter-Reay 40-81; Helio Castroneves 82; Marco Andretti 83-84; Castroneves 85-86; Tony Kanaan 87-89; Bourdais 90-102; Castroneves 103-126; Alex Tagliani 127-128; Bourdais 129; Tagliani 130-131; Andretti 132, Tagliani 133; Power 134-160; Charlie Kimball 161-163; Power 164-193; Ed Carpenter 194; Scott Dixon 195-198; Power 199-215; Kimball 216; Dixon 217; Kimball 218-227; Bourdais 228; Kimball 229-236; Power 237-250.

Entry list

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

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

#7 Mikhail Aleshin (Moscow, Russia) Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

#8 Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia) 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

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

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

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

#17 Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/KVAFS Racing

#18 To Be Announced Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#19 Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#20 Mike Conway (Bromley, England) Chevrolet/Ed Carpenter Racing

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

#27 * James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada) Honda/Andretti Autosport

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

#34 Carlos Munoz (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Andretti-HVM

#67 Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN) Honda/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

#77 Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France Honda/Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

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

#99 Jack Hawksworth (Bradford, England) Honda/BHA/BBM

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
James Hinchcliffe --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 4 Won
Helio Castroneves 20 Won Won 2 --- 4 20 Won 2
Marco Andretti --- 15 4 25 13 12 24 14 3
Tony Kanaan 2 3 3 3 5 10 3 25 4
Scott Dixon 6 2 2 22 16 18 16 2 5
Justin Wilson --- --- --- 9 3 2 10 10 9
Sebastien Bourdais --- --- --- --- --- --- 25 21 11
Charlie Kimball --- --- --- --- --- --- 22 22 12
Graham Rahal --- --- --- Won 7 9 17 12 13
Will Power --- --- --- 8 6 Won 2 7 16
Ryan Hunter-Reay --- --- 17 --- 2 11 21 3 18
Simon Pagenaud --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 6 24
Ryan Briscoe 14 --- --- 23 Won 3 18 2 ---
Juan Pablo Montoya --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

Notes

The 2014 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 three years as well as in 2009.

Helio Castroneves is the only driver with multiple victories in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Castroneves has won this race three times (2006, '07 and '12).

James Hinchcliffe scored his first career IndyCar victory in last year's race in St. Petersburg. Hinchcliffe passed Castroneves for the lead after a restart on lap 85. He then held off Castroneves for the remaining 26 laps. Hinchcliffe became the first Canadian driver to win an IndyCar race since Paul Tracy took the checkered flag for the 2007 CART Series event in Cleveland.

Dan Wheldon won the inaugural IndyCar race in St. Petersburg in '05.

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 twice in nine years of the event: Wheldon (2005) and Dario Franchitti (2011).

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has been won from the pole position just twice: Castroneves (2007) and Will Power (2010). Power has won the pole in each of the last four races in St. Pete.

When Graham Rahal took the checkered flag in St. Petersburg 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 13 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. Takuma Sato won last year's event there.



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