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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Streets of St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg, FL
Streets of St. Petersburg
EVENT DETAILS
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
11Mar
Race Complete
ABCRogers Sportsnet
SiriusXM

On-Track Schedule

Mar9
Friday
Practice 1
11:20 - 12:05 PM
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Mar9
Friday
Practice 2
3:10 - 3:55 PM
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Mar10
Saturday
Practice 3
11:10 - 11:55 AM
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Mar10
Saturday
Qualifications - Round 1 Group 1
2:20 - 2:30 PM
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Mar10
Saturday
Qualifications - Round 1 Group 2
2:40 - 2:50 PM
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Mar10
Saturday
Qualifications - Round 2
3:00 - 3:10 PM
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Mar10
Saturday
Qualifications - Round 3
3:20 - 3:35 PM
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Mar11
Sunday
Final Warm-UP
8:45 - 9:15 AM
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Mar11
Sunday
Race
12:30 - 2:50 PM
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Telecast Schedule

Mar9
Friday
Practice 1
11:20 AM - 12:05 PM
Mar9
Friday
Practice 2
3:10 - 3:55 PM
Mar10
Saturday
Practice 3
11:10 - 11:55 AM
Mar10
Saturday
Qualifications
2:20 - 3:35 PM
Mar11
Sunday
Final Warmup
8:45 - 9:15 AM
Mar11
Sunday
Race
12:30 - 3:00 PM

Podium

1st
Sebastien Bourdais
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan
2nd
Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
3rd
Alexander Rossi
Andretti Autosport

Race Recap

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – If the opener is any indication, the Verizon IndyCar Series is in for one of its wildest seasons in 2018.

Sebastien Bourdais repeated as winner of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, but only after Robert Wickens and Alexander Rossi collided while battling for the lead on the next-to-last of 110 unpredictable laps around the tricky temporary street course.

For Bourdais, the spoils are the 37th victory of his Indy car career, which ranks the four-time season champion sixth on the all-time list. The driver of the No. 18 SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne Racing trails Al Unser by two wins for fifth place.

Wickens, who started from the pole position in the No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports after winning the Verizon P1 Award in qualifying on Saturday, was vying to become the first driver to win an Indy car race in his debut since Buzz Calkins in 1996 (at Walt Disney World Speedway). Others to do it were Nigel Mansell (1993, Surfers Paradise, Australia) and Graham Hill (1966, Indianapolis 500).

Wickens led a race-high 69 laps and was in front for a Lap 108 restart following a full-course caution to restart the stalled car of Max Chilton. On the restart, Rossi, in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda for Andretti Autosport, attempted an inside pass of Wickens heading into Turn 1 at the end of the airport runway front straight, but his car slid wide and the two made contact.

Rossi was able to continue but Wickens’ car was disabled, bringing out the final caution flag of the race to end under yellow. Graham Rahal slipped past Rossi in the Turn 1 melee to grab second place, the best St. Petersburg finish for the No. 15 United Rentals Honda driver since he won the race in 2008.

James Hinchcliffe, Wickens’ teammate at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, finished fourth in the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Rossi’s teammate at Andretti Autosport, placed fifth in the No. 28 DHL Honda.

Verizon IndyCar Series competitors and fans have some time to catch their breath before the next race. The Phoenix Grand Prix will be run under the at ISM Raceway on Saturday, April 7. The race airs live at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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About the track

Streets of St. Petersburg

The 1.8-mile, 14-turn (5 lefts, 9 rights) circuit incorporates streets of downtown St. Petersburg and a section of runway of Albert Whitted Airport. After the long frontstretch, there's a tight right-hander into Turn 1 and then a quick left-hand turn. Plenty of drivers have gotten into trouble in these two turns over the years. There are two other long straights with heavy braking zones that afford opportunities to overtake.


Records


Pole Position:
1:00.0658 (107.882 MPH) - Will Power (2016)


Race Lap:
1:01.8607 (104.751 MPH) - Helio Castroneves (2015)


Race Time:
2:04:32.4153 (95.351 MPH) - Sebastien Bourdais (2017, 110 Laps)

Past track winners

Sebastien Bourdais / 2018
Sebastien Bourdais / 2017
Juan Pablo Montoya / 2016
Juan Pablo Montoya / 2015
Will Power / 2014
James Hinchcliffe / 2013
Helio Castroneves / 2012
Dario Franchitti / 2011
Will Power / 2010
Ryan Briscoe / 2009
Graham Rahal / 2008
Helio Castroneves / 2007
Helio Castroneves / 2006
Dan Wheldon / 2005
Paul Tracy / 2003