Home Mobile Forum News Cookbook FaceBook Us T-Shirts etc.: Europe/Worldwide. eBay Motorsport Links Advertising  
Site Partners: SpotterGuides  
Related Sites: Your Link Here  

Go Back   TenTenths Motorsport Forum > Single Seater Racing > Indycar Series


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 6 Mar 2019, 12:32 (Ref:3888650)   #1
bjohnsonsmith
Race Official
Veteran
 
bjohnsonsmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
United States
London, England
Posts: 17,881
bjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
Round 1: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, 8-10 March.

Round 1: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, 8-10 March.

The waiting and the long off season are almost over, as this Sunday's 2018 season opener at St. Pete is nearly upon us.

Four year's ago, saw the introduction of aero-kits from the two engine manufacturers, Chevrolet and Honda. The idea was to produce some visual variation and brand identity for both manufacturers, in what is a spec chassis. Chevrolet produced the dominant package, winning the Driver's Championship and Manufacturer's Cup from 2015 - 2017, though Honda won the Indy 500 in 2016 and '17.

Last year the Univeral aero-Kit make its race debut. A lot of praise had been heaped on the new aero-kit by drivers, teams and fans. For the drivers, the car is more challenging to drive, for teams it is much cheaper and for fans it is visually appealing, with the appearance similar to the Lolas, Reynards and Penskes, that raced before the split.

This will be the 15th running of the race on the current course and the 14th as an IndyCar event. The race was first held as part of the SCCA Trans-Am Series, on the downtown waterfront circuit, from 1985-1990 but when local residents and businesses complained about the noise it was cancelled. It returned briefly from 1996-1997 on a new course around Tropicana Field. After a second hiatus, the event returned in 2003 but as a Champ Car race, using a modified layout of the original 1985–90 waterfront circuit. In 2004, the event was cancelled due to a dispute between the promoters but returned in 2005, this time as part of the IRL IndyCar Series, making this the first non-oval event for the Indy Racing League.

Some trivia:
The driver with most wins: 3, Hťlio Castroneves, 2006, 2007, 2012.
The team with most wins: 9, Team Penske, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016.

Track layout:


Length: 1.8 Miles (2.9 Km)
Turns: 14

Lap record:
Jordan King, March 10, 2018. 1:00.047, 107.914 Mph (173.670 Km/h).
Ed Carpenter Racing,
Dallara IR12-Chevrolet IndyCar V6.
Verizon IndyCar Series.

Last year's race:
Wickens started from the pole position and was vying to become the first driver to win an IndyCar race in his debut since Buzz Calkins in 1996, at Walt Disney World Speedway. Others drivers who also achieved this were Nigel Mansell, 1993, Surfers Paradise, Australia and Graham Hill, 1966, Indianapolis 500.

On Lap 1 Ryan Hunter-Reay immediately pitted for an ECU reboot from the while Will Power spun at Turn 2, as he ran out of room and went up on the curb to avoid running into polesitter Wickens, who had taken the lead. Power’s spin sent him rear-first, backing the car it into the wall on the exit of Turn 1.

As the first lap unfolded, Tony Kanaan was sent nose-first into the wall after colliding with Zach Veach, while Charlie Kimball spinning and stalling his car and bringing out thefirst full course yellow. As soon as the pits were open, Power was in for a replacement rear wing and a new set of tires and Hunter-Reay came for a fuel top-up.

The restart saw three rookies, Wickens, Jordan King, Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet and AJ Foyt Racing’s Matheus Leist, lead the charge to the green, with King passing Wickens for P1. All seemed in order until the following lap, when Rahal and Pigot came together at Turn 1.

Pigot stalled, bringing out a second yellow. The following restart saw King and Wickens lead Rossi, Leist, Hinchcliffe, Sato, Pagenaud, Dixon, Chaves and Newgarden. However, King ran wide on the restart allowing Wickens back in front, while Leist grabbed third from Rossi, as Dixon and Chaves demoted Pagenaud.

It was only a temporary setback for Rossi who was back up to second on Lap 12, though 3 seconds behind Wickens. Two laps later, the gap was down to 2 seconds, with King 3 seconds down on the leader. Leist was stuck in fourth and cruising to the pits, promoting Sato, Hinchcliffe, Dixon, Chaves, Pagenaud, Andretti and Kanaan.

Wickens and Rossi were in a race of their own, just 1.3 seconds apart and 6 seconds up on King, while further down the top six, Hinchcliffe and Dixon stopped on Lap 20. Pagenaud appeared to stall in his first stop and fell behind the Jones, Newgarden, Power, Hunter-Reay battle.

Rossi managed to make his reds last until Lap 23 before pitting for blacks, while King went a lap longer and Wickens a lap further still, leaving the 2017 St. Pete winner Bourdais up front, after stopping under caution on Lap 4 for a puncture. Wickens rejoined with three cars between himself and Rossi, comfortably holding the lead. Fellow rookie Leist's race ended a few laps later. After being 12 laps down while having his electronics fixed, he was released from pitlane with the fuel equipment still attached. H returned to pitlane for a drive-thru and then crashed on the exit of Turn 3, bringing out the third full course yellow

The restart was clean and the next lap saw Dixon dive down the inside of Hinchcliffe and run into the back of Sato, breaking the front wing of his car and punctiring Sato's right-rear tyre. Dixon was penalised or avoidable contact, which sent him to the back of the field. Meanwhile, King chose this opportunity to pit as he had a deflating tire.

At the next restart, Bourdais led Wickens, Rossi, team mate Zachary Claman de Melo, Jack Harvey in the third SPM car, Marco Andretti, Rahal, Hinchcliffe, Newgarden and Power. However Wickens sliced up the inside of Bourdais to take the lead. Rossi and Andretti did likewise to drop Bourdais to fourth. But it was Team Penske president Tim Cindric, who appeared to pull a masterstroke, bringing Newgarden into the pits just before the fifth full course yellow, due to Jack Harvey’s damaged car sitting at the Turn 14 hairpin.

Newgarden was able to rejoin with a full tank of fuel and at the back of the field, waiting for everyone else to make their second stops – or third, in some cases. But when the pits opened again, Newgarden returned to the pits for another top-up. Bourdais, meanwhile, pitted and resumed 14th, with De Melo also stopping.

The restart on Lap 45, saw Wickens, Rossi, Andretti now on reds, Hinchcliffe, Hunter-Reay, Pigot on reds, Kanaan, Power, Chaves and Pagenaud as the top 10, and for once they stayed in this order for a lap, although Andretti did have a long look at Rossi. On failing to get through, he would swiftly drop 5sec behind the 2016 Indy 500 champion, and he’d have to work hard to hold off Hinchcliffe. Up front at the halfway point, meanwhile, Wickens was driving like a series veteran – in fact, way better than most of the veterans who had blundered at some point during the race.

Wickens stopped on Lap 60 for more blacks, allowing Rossi in front, as Hinchcliffe followed his SPM teammate in, while Rossi also grabbed fresh blacks but one lap later. However, the Andretti driver emerged four seconds down on the flying Wickens, and although the Canadian was caught up behind Rahal who was due a stop, he disposed of him at the start of Lap 65 and closed in on leader Bourdais, who tried to respond with his fastest lap of the race. Hinchcliffe was keeping the second SPM car in the mix too, passing Ed Jones for fifth on Lap 68 to try and close down on Rossi who was only inching up on Rahal’s third-place car.

Andretti got back into the Top 10 with a pass on Claman De Melo’s Coyne car, while Rossi passed Rahal for third on Lap 75, and started trying to carve into Bourdais’ lead. Bourdais pitted on Lap 77, as did Rahal, Jones, Dixon, Newgarden, and De Melo.

Dixon’s day went from bad to worse when he got a drive-through penalty for a pit speed violation. Andretti stopped on Lap 79, then Wickens, Hinchcliffe and Power pitted on 81, with Rossi hitting pitlane on Lap 83.

Briefly Hunter-Reay took the lead but all eyes were on the Wickens vs Rossi vs Bourdais battle for what would effectively be the lead when RHR pitted on Lap 85. Wickens was 2.9sec ahead of Rossi who in turn had 4.3sec on Bourdais. Rossi chiseled the lead down to six tenths of a second on Lap 90.

With 12 laps to go, the leading pair came up to lap Kimball and Claman De Melo. Kimball made it easy but Rossi slid wide and dropped to 3 seconds behind Wickens. However within a couple of laps there was a reprieve, when Rookie, Rene Binder slid into the tire wall at Turn 10, bringing out the yellow and bunching the field. There were four laps left by the time the green flag flew.

The restart was clean until Chilton spun and stalled it, bringing out a yellow. Then there were just two laps to go at the final green and that restart turned chaotic.

Rossi dived down the inside of Wickens but the rear end was already swinging out wide under hard braking before the apex and it struck Wicken's car, sending him into the tire wall. That slowed Rossi enough to allow Bourdais through to take his second successive win at St. Petersburg, with Rahal in an unlikely second place up from the back of the grid. No action was taken over Rossi’s indiscretion, so he got to keep third place and complete the podium.

This was Bourdais's repeat win and was the 37th victory of his IndyCar career, which ranks the four-time Champ Car champion, sixth on the all-time list and trails Al Unser Sr. by two wins for fifth place.

Pole:
Robert Wickens, 1:01.664, 105.085 Mph (169.117 Km/h)
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Dallara IR18-Honda HI18TT V6 Indy.

Winner:
Sťbastien Bourdais,
Dale Coyne Racing,
Dallara IR18-Honda HI18TT V6 Indy.

Laps 110
Distance 198 Miles (318.65 Km)
Race Time 2:17:48
Average Speed 86.207 Mph (169.117 Km/h)
Caution periods: 8
Caution laps: 11

Race Broadcast:

NBCSN.
Sunday, March 10. 1:30pm ET.
bjohnsonsmith is online now  
__________________
"If you're not winning you're not trying."
Colin Chapman.
Quote
Old 7 Mar 2019, 06:24 (Ref:3888844)   #2
mstets
Racer
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 148
mstets should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
I'd love to see another upset winner (before the big 3 dominate the rest of year) to keep the string going. Rahal, Schmidt, Coyne (obviously) have all had their moments at St. Pete the past few years. Would be great to see one of them or even a 3rd tier team win to kick off the season.
mstets is offline  
Quote
Old 7 Mar 2019, 09:21 (Ref:3888878)   #3
bjohnsonsmith
Race Official
Veteran
 
bjohnsonsmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
United States
London, England
Posts: 17,881
bjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
Robert Wickens to make an appearance at the IndyCar paddock at St. Petersburg.

https://racer.com/2019/03/06/wickens...st-petersburg/
bjohnsonsmith is online now  
__________________
"If you're not winning you're not trying."
Colin Chapman.
Quote
Old 7 Mar 2019, 10:38 (Ref:3888895)   #4
S griffin
Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 8,035
S griffin has a real shot at the championship!S griffin has a real shot at the championship!S griffin has a real shot at the championship!S griffin has a real shot at the championship!S griffin has a real shot at the championship!S griffin has a real shot at the championship!
There seems to be no end of good news about Wickens, which is good to see
S griffin is online now  
__________________
He who dares wins!
He who hesitates is lost!
Quote
Old 8 Mar 2019, 15:37 (Ref:3889188)   #5
JacobP
Racer
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 489
JacobP should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Let's hope this is not going to be as bad as the 2018 version.
JacobP is offline  
Quote
Old 8 Mar 2019, 15:54 (Ref:3889189)   #6
BudLightJaguar
Veteran
 
BudLightJaguar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Finland
Posts: 729
BudLightJaguar should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridBudLightJaguar should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Great opening post again

It's interesting to see how the two rookie Swedes will qualify
BudLightJaguar is offline  
Quote
Old 8 Mar 2019, 16:10 (Ref:3889192)   #7
GregUK
Racer
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 195
GregUK should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by BudLightJaguar View Post
Great opening post again

It's interesting to see how the two rookie Swedes will qualify
It looks like Felix Rosenqvist will be able to hang in there.

Don't forget that, because of him, the FIA changed the rules of F3!!
GregUK is offline  
Quote
Old 8 Mar 2019, 16:40 (Ref:3889201)   #8
bjohnsonsmith
Race Official
Veteran
 
bjohnsonsmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
United States
London, England
Posts: 17,881
bjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
Quote:
Originally Posted by GregUK View Post
It looks like Felix Rosenqvist will be able to hang in there.

Don't forget that, because of him, the FIA changed the rules of F3!!
I don't really follow F3, so which rules did they change?
bjohnsonsmith is online now  
__________________
"If you're not winning you're not trying."
Colin Chapman.
Quote
Old 8 Mar 2019, 17:22 (Ref:3889207)   #9
NaBUru38
Veteran
 
NaBUru38's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Uruguay
Las Canteras, Uruguay
Posts: 8,275
NaBUru38 should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridNaBUru38 should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridNaBUru38 should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
I can't wait until Sunday to search for an alternative stream in the deep web...
NaBUru38 is offline  
__________________
"Show me a driver who didnít make a handful of errors this year, and Iíll show you someone who wasnít trying hard enough." - David Malsher
Quote
Old 8 Mar 2019, 18:25 (Ref:3889213)   #10
justracing
Subscriber
Veteran
 
justracing's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
United Kingdom
West Sussex
Posts: 1,223
justracing should be qualifying in the top 10 on the gridjustracing should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by NaBUru38 View Post
I can't wait until Sunday to search for an alternative stream in the deep web...
Same here
justracing is online now  
Quote
Old 8 Mar 2019, 21:19 (Ref:3889238)   #11
GregUK
Racer
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 195
GregUK should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by bjohnsonsmith View Post
I don't really follow F3, so which rules did they change?
That you could only run in the Championship a max of 3(?) seasons.

Rosenqvist kept winning and the FIA thought that somebody else should have a crack.....
GregUK is offline  
Quote
Old 9 Mar 2019, 00:24 (Ref:3889263)   #12
bjohnsonsmith
Race Official
Veteran
 
bjohnsonsmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
United States
London, England
Posts: 17,881
bjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famebjohnsonsmith will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
Quote:
Originally Posted by GregUK View Post
That you could only run in the Championship a max of 3(?) seasons.

Rosenqvist kept winning and the FIA thought that somebody else should have a crack.....
A rather strange rule.
bjohnsonsmith is online now  
__________________
"If you're not winning you're not trying."
Colin Chapman.
Quote
Old 9 Mar 2019, 02:03 (Ref:3889275)   #13
Obizzz
Racer
 
Obizzz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Sweden
Sweden
Posts: 447
Obizzz should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by GregUK View Post
That you could only run in the Championship a max of 3(?) seasons.

Rosenqvist kept winning and the FIA thought that somebody else should have a crack.....
He was pretty close to winning it his 3rd year but the following year wasnít very good but I think that was probably more down to the team than driver.

Once he got in at Prema which was arguably the team to beat he totally dominated the championship.
Obizzz is offline  
Quote
Old 9 Mar 2019, 18:29 (Ref:3889349)   #14
ScotsBrutesFan
Race Official
Veteran
 
ScotsBrutesFan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Scotland
West Lothian
Posts: 5,075
ScotsBrutesFan has a real shot at the championship!ScotsBrutesFan has a real shot at the championship!ScotsBrutesFan has a real shot at the championship!ScotsBrutesFan has a real shot at the championship!ScotsBrutesFan has a real shot at the championship!ScotsBrutesFan has a real shot at the championship!
Live coverage of the Qualifying starts on Sky Sports in the UK at 7:30pm with the race live from 4:30pm on Sunday.
ScotsBrutesFan is online now  
Quote
Old 9 Mar 2019, 19:37 (Ref:3889358)   #15
Nikki Katz
Racer
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 332
Nikki Katz should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Great that thereís uk coverage of qualifying, donít think iíce Ever seen that before. Though this isnít a great start! Doesnít the clock stop when thereís a red flag?
Nikki Katz is offline  
Quote
Reply

Bookmarks




Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2018 Round 1: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, 9-11 March. bjohnsonsmith Indycar Series 47 13 Mar 2018 20:02
2017 IndyCar season, Round 1: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 10-12 bjohnsonsmith Indycar Series 45 15 Mar 2017 23:01
2016 Season. Round 1: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 11-13. bjohnsonsmith Indycar Series 42 19 Mar 2016 09:03
Round 1: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 27 - 29, 2015 bjohnsonsmith Indycar Series 59 9 Apr 2015 14:06
Round 1: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 28 - 30, 2014 bjohnsonsmith Indycar Series 48 31 Mar 2014 17:45


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 18:32.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Original Website Copyright © 1998-2003 Craig Antil. All Rights Reserved.
Ten-Tenths Motorsport Forums Copyright © 2004-2018 Royalridge Computing. All Rights Reserved.