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After Long Beach
Pos. Driver Points

1 Will Power 93
2 Mike Conway 66
3 Simon Pagenaud 60
4 Helio Castroneves 55
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 54
6 Scott Dixon 51
7 Carlos Munoz 48
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 47
9 Mikhail Aleshin 46
10 Sebastian Saavedra 42
11 Tony Kanaan 40
12 Justin Wilson 38
13 Takuma Sato 36
14 Josef Newgarden 34
15 Ryan Briscoe 33
16 Sebastien Bourdais 33
17 Graham Rahal 33
18 Marco Andretti 32
19 Carlos Huertas 32
20 Oriol Servia 26
21 Jack Hawksworth 24
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 17

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T1 Will Power 1
T1 Mike Conway 1

Podium Finishes
1 Will Power 2
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T2 Helio Castroneves 1
T2 Mike Conway 1
T2 Carlos Munoz 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 74
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 51
3 Takuma Sato 33
4 Scott Dixon 22
5 Mike Conway 4
6 Sebastian Saavedra 3
7 Helio Castroneves 2
8 Josef Newgarden 1


Prize Money
1 Will Power $50,000
T2 Mike Conway $30,000
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay $30,000
4 Simon Pagenaud $18,000
5 Takuma Sato $17,000
T6 Helio Castroneves $15,000
T6 Carlos Munoz $15,000
T8 Juan Pablo Montoya $10,000
T8 Scott Dixon $10,000
T10 Mikhail Aleshin $8,000
T10 Tony Kanaan $8,000
12 Oriol Servia $7,000
T13 Justin Wilson $5,000
T13 Marco Andretti $5,000
T15 Sebastian Saavedra $4,000
T15 Josef Newgarden $4,000
T17 Ryan Briscoe $2,000
T17 Carlos Huertas $2,000

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 93
2 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 60
4 3 Team Penske 55
5 28 Andretti Autosport 54
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 51
7 34 Andretti Autosport – HVM Racing 48
8 2 Team Penske 47
9 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 46
10 17 KV AFS Racing 42
11 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 40
12 19 Dale Coyne Racing 38
13 14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises 36
14 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 34
15 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 33
16 11 KVSH Racing 33
17 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 33
18 25 Andretti Autosport 32
19 18 Dale Coyne Racing 32
20 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 26
21 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 24
22 27 Andretti Autosport 20
23 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 17

Finishing Average
1 Will Power 1.5
2 Simon Pagenaud 5
T3 Helio Castroneves 7
T3 Oriol Servia 7
5 Scott Dixon 8
6 Mike Conway 8.5
7 Mikhail Aleshin 9
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 9.5
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 10
T9 Carlos Munoz 10
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay 11
T12 Tony Kanaan 12
T12 Justin Wilson 12
T14 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
T14 Sebastien Bourdais 13.5
T14 Graham Rahal 13.5
T17 Josef Newgarden 14
T17 Carlos Huertas 14
19 Takuma Sato 14.5
20 Marco Andretti 15
21 Jack Hawksworth 18
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 21.5

Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 1
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T2 Scott Dixon 1
T2 Tony Kanaan 1
T2 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T2 Will Power 1
T2 Takuma Sato 1
T2 Marco Andretti 1
T2 James Hinchcliffe 1
T2 Josef Newgarden 1
T2 Simon Pagenaud 1
T2 Jack Hawksworth 1

Qualifying Average
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
2 Scott Dixon 6
3 Jack Hawksworth 6.5
4 Marco Andretti 7
5 Tony Kanaan 7.5
T6 Takuma Sato 8
T6 Sebastien Bourdais 8
T8 Will Power 9
T8 Carlos Munoz 9
10 Helio Castroneves 9.5
11 Simon Pagenaud 10
12 James Hinchcliffe 10.5
13 Oriol Servia 12
T14 Josef Newgarden 13
T14 Justin Wilson 13
16 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
17 Mike Conway 14.5
18 Sebastian Saavedra 16.5
19 Juan Pablo Montoya 17
20 Mikhail Aleshin 17.5
21 Carlos Huertas 19
22 Charlie Kimball 19.5
23 Graham Rahal 22
AR1.com team wins St. Petersburg GP Kart race

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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The winning AutoRacing1.com team of Wayde Alfarone, Larry Schumacher, Glenn Howell, Spencer Pigot and Scott Morris
AutoRacing1.com (AR1.com) sent four staff members to participate in Tuesday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Pete media kart race with IndyCar and other pro drivers and members of the media, in a lead-up to the March 24-26 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The event was held at the impressive Andersen Racing Park in Palmetto, FL just minutes away from the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (GPSP) location, on their state-of-the-art kart racing course, in equally prepared Honda powered go-karts. The Anderson team also promotes and runs the USF2000, which is a rung on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system that feeds into IndyCar

After a quick greeting by St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster and executives from the race and promotion staff of the GPSP and the Andersen facility, the pro drivers were introduced.:

Marco Andretti – IndyCar – Racing for WTSP Channel 10 News and Team Univision
Simon Pagenaud – IndyCar – Racing for the Tampa Bay Times and Team Univision
Peter Dempsey – Indy Lights – Racing for Rocket Sports & Entertainment
Jacob Wilson – Indy Lights – Racing for Bay News 9
Spencer Pigot – USF2000 – Racing for Team AR1.com
Matthew Brabham – USF2000 – Racing for Team Spirit 90.5 FM
Shannon McIntosh – USF2000 – Racing for ABC Action News
Shea Holbrook – Acura World Challenge – Racing for ILovetheburg.com
Anders Krohn – Former Indy Lights driver– Racing for WWPR radio

The AR1.com team consisted of our contributing photographer and columnist(s) Scott Morris, Wayde Alfarone, Larry Schumacher, and Glenn Howell.

After a quick 20 minute practice session where everyone got only two laps to familiarize themselves with the cars and learn the track, the race began LeMans style for a 1 hour enduro.

For some reason, the organizers decided to put Team AR1.com at the very back of the field, but we were not worried.

By the end of the second lap, Spencer Pigot had brought the AR1.com kart up to fifth place, battling hard with Marco Andretti. Each would pass and repass each other for position. Even though this was a fun event, the testosterone was running very high and the competitive spirit turned it into a real contest much like any other.

When Spencer Pigot brought the kart in for a driver change, he had team AR1.com in fourth, behind WWPR (Anders Krohn team), RocketSports (Peter Dempsey Team) and WTSP (Marco Andretti team). Marco Andretti had the AR1.com team in his gun sights after the recent Parking Gate episode and had fire in his eyes. He drove for both the WTSP team and also did a stint for the Tampa Bay Times team. He wanted to beat us bad.

But the AR1.com team was up for the challenge.  Scott Morris jumped into the kart for the 2nd stint and by the third turn had taken the kart to the lead and quickly pulled away. By the end of the 2nd segment, team AR1.com had almost lapped the entire field.

Wayde Alfarone continued the pace for AR1.com, as did Larry Schumacher, and Glenn Howell, all driving a flawless race.

All of the pro drivers were required to run the final stint of the race, and when Spencer Pigot took over the kart for the AR1.com team he was nearly two laps up on the field. Spencer brought the kart home in champion style to take the checkered flag and bring home the honors for AR1.com.

Rocket Sports Entertainment with Peter Dempsey finished second and the Tampa Bay Times team with Marco Andretti finished third, with Marco edging out Spencer Pigot for fast time of the day, turning double duty for two different teams.

All of the teams got to experience the thrill of racing wheel to wheel.  The losers promised to take it to us next year! Of course we here at AR1.com welcome any challenge, and thank the GPSP organizers and the Andersen Race Park staff for hosting the event.

Fun was had by all.

Results

Pos No. Team Laps Behind Fast Lap
1 09 AutoRacing1.com 45 - 58.017
2 06 Rocket Sports and Entertainment 43 2 Laps 58.403
3 03 WTSP 10 News 42 3 Laps 50.396
4 08 WWPR 1490 radio 42 +44 secs 57.878
5 00 Bay News 9 41 4 Laps 58.194
6 04 ABC Action News 41 +39 secs 59.092
7 888 Tampa Bay Times 40 5 Laps 59.190
8 07 Team Spirit 40 +18.5 sec 58.819
9 777 Team Univision 39 6 Laps 59.705
10 05 ILoveTheBerg.com 39 +7.3 sec 59.534

Photos

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She kept asking for some wickerbill...
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Kim Green
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Simon Pagenaud
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Marco Andretti
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Dan Andersen
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Tim Ramsberger
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St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster
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Shea Holbrook
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Spencer Pigot
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Marco Andretti
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The roster of pro drivers
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A LeMans style start, and they put Team AR1 at the back!
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Spencer Pigot makes a good start a charges to the front
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passing karts already...
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Spencer Pigot puts the pressure on Marco Andretti
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Spencer Pigot pushes Marco a little wide...
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Still fighting for the spot
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Spencer Pigot makes the pass on Marco Andretti, but they swapped back and forth all day
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Nice to be able to race with the pro drivers...
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Larry Schumacher with Marco Andretti
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Peter Dempsey says "who are these guys on this Team AR1 and why are they so bloody quick?"
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Larry Schumacher gets ready fro his stint in the kart
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Simon Pagenaud gets ready to run
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Wayde Alfarone stretching out the Team AR1.com lead
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Wayde Alfarone chasing down another one!
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Wayde Alfarone takes two at a time!
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Larry Schumacher makes another pass
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Larry Schumacher keeps it cool
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Someone gets it turned around...
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Larry Schumacher showing the perfect line
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Team AR1.com making a quick driver change
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Team AR1.com takes a commanding lead!
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Glenn Howell battling with Simon Pagenaud
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Spencer Pigot bringing it home in the closing laps
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Marco Andretti and Simon Pagenaud having a good dice
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Spencer Pigot with one lap to go...
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Look Ma! No hands! Spencer Pigot takes the checker with Team AR1.com!
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The 1st place trophies
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Team AR1.com on top of the podium
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Team AR1.com takes the win
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Larry Schumacher, Wayde Alfarone, Glenn Howell, Spencer Pigot, Scott Morris
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The winning AR1.com team of Larry Schumacher, Scott Morris, Glenn Howell, Wayde Alfarone, Spencer Pigot
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Scott Morris, Spencer Pigot

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