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After Pocono
Driver Standings

1 Will Power 446
2 Helio Castroneves 446
3 Simon Pagenaud 402
4 Juan Pablo Montoya 391
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 388
6 Carlos Munoz (R) 340
7 Marco Andretti 325
8 Scott Dixon 297
9 Ryan Briscoe 285
10 Sebastien Bourdais 271
11 Tony Kanaan 267
12 James Hinchcliffe 266
13 Mikhail Aleshin 263
14 Justin Wilson 253
15 Charlie Kimball 239
16 Jack Hawksworth 227
17 Carlos Huertas (R) 224
18 Josef Newgarden 220
19 Graham Rahal 202
20 Sebastian Saavedra 196
21 Takuma Sato 189
22 Mike Conway 152
23 Ed Carpenter 138
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 James Davison (R) 34
29 Jacques Villeneuve 29
30 Alex Tagliani 28
31 Luca Filippi 24
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

Rookie of the Year
1 Carlos Munoz 340
2 Mikhail Aleshin 263
3 Jack Hawksworth 217
4 Carlos Huertas 204
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Simon Pagenaud 2
T4 Mike Conway 1
T4 Helio Castroneves 1
T4 Carlos Huertas 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 5
T1 Helio Castroneves 5
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T3 Carlos Munoz 3
T3 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T6 Marco Andretti 2
T6 Simon Pagenaud 2
T8 Mike Conway 1
T8 Carlos Huertas 1
T8 Scott Dixon 1
T8 Tony Kanaan 1
T8 Graham Rahal 1
T8 Charlie Kimball 1
T8 Ed Carpenter 1
T8 Jack Hawksworth 1
T8 Mikhail Aleshin 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 348
2 Helio Castroneves 174
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 165
4 Ed Carpenter 116
5 Tony Kanaan 79
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 James Hinchcliffe 56
9 Simon Pagenaud 53
10 Jack Hawksworth 32
11 Scott Dixon 27
12 Marco Andretti 22
13 Justin Wilson 20
14 Sebastian Saavedra 14
15 Graham Rahal 10
16 Mike Conway 8
17 Josef Newgarden 8
T18 Oriol Servia 7
T18 Carlos Huertas 7
19 Ryan Briscoe 5
20 Mikhail Aleshin 4
21 Alex Tagliani 3
22 Sebastien Bourdais 2

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 446
2 3 Team Penske 446
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 402
4 2 Team Penske 391
5 28 Andretti Autosport 388
6 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 340
7 25 Andretti Autosport 325
8 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 297
9 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 290
10 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 285
11 11 KVSH Racing 271
12 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 267
13 27 Andretti Autosport 266
14 7 SMP Racing 263
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 253
16 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 239
17 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 227
18 18 Dale Coyne Racing 224
19 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 220
20 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 202
21 17 KV/AFS Racing 196
22 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 189
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 112
24 26 Andretti Autosport 88
25 21 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
26 22 Dreyer and Reinbold 57
27 33 KV Racing Technology 34
28 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 29
29 68 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 28
30 6 KV Racing Technology 22
31 63 Dale Coyne Racing 21
32 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 18
33 91 Lazier Partners Racing 11

Finishing Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.81
2 Kurt Busch 6.00
3 Will Power 6.09
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.72
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
T7 Scott Dixon 10.18
T7 Carlos Munoz 10.18
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.45
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.72
11 Ryan Briscoe 11.75
12 Marco Andretti 12.125
13 Carlos Munoz 12.375
T14 Oriol Servia 12.5
T14 Justin Wilson 12.5
16 Alex Tagliani 13.0
17 Sebastien Bourdais 13.25
18 Charlie Kimball 13.625
19 Mike Conway 13.66
T20 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
T20 Ed Carpenter 14.0
22 Carlos Huertas 14.25
23 Mikhail Aleshin 14.875
24 James Hinchcliffe 15.125
T25 Takuma Sato 15.5
T25 Jack Hawksworth 15.5
27 Sebastian Saavedra 15.75
28 James Davison 16.00
29 Josef Newgarden 16.375
30 Graham Rahal 16.625
31 Martin Plowman 20.5
32 Franck Montagny 22.0
33 Pippa Mann 24.0
34 Townsend Bell 25.0
35 Buddy Lazier 32.0

Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Helio Castroneves 2
T4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T4 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Simon Pagenaud 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T2 Scott Dixon 3
T2 Will Power 3
T2 James Hinchcliffe 3
T2 Helio Castroneves 3
T2 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T9 Takuma Sato 1
T9 Marco Andretti 1
T9 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T9 Tony Kanaan 1
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T9 Mike Conway 1
T9 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T9 Ryan Briscoe 1
Hinchcliffe gets first IndyCar win in St. Petersburg

by Brian Carroccio
Sunday, March 24, 2013


James Hinchcliffe celebrates with his smoking hot beauty pageant girlfriend Miss Sydney, Australia, Kirsten Dee
Taking advantage of a lap 85 restart mistake by Helio Castroneves, Canadian James Hinchcliffe moved into the lead of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  From there, the popular 26-year-old Hinchcliffe, driver of the #27 Go-Daddy Chevrolet, would hold off an ambitious charge by the Brazilian to score his first IndyCar victory in 32 career starts.  Three-time St. Petersburg winner, Castroneves, piloting the #3 Team Penske Hitachi Chevrolet finished second.

Completing the podium would be Hinchcliffe’s Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti in the #25 RC Cola Chevrolet.  The third-place finish was Andretti's first podium on a road or street course since the Motegi race in 2011.

(L to R) Helio Castroneves, James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti

Rounding out the top-five would be KV Racing Technology's Tony Kanaan in fourth, and Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon in fifth. Dixon, who passed Kanaan's teammate Simona de Silvestro before the start-finish line coming to the checkered flag, was the highest finishing Honda-powered entry, as Chevrolet swept the top-four positions.  De Silvestro, who ran in the top-5 most of the day, finished sixth.  E.J. Viso, Takuma Sato, Justin Wilson, and Alex Tagliani, respectively, rounded out the top-10.

Pole-sitter Will Power led the first the first 26 laps, but was overtaken by teammate Castroneves on a lap 27 restart.  Bizarrely, Power would be relegated to the middle of the pack after a lap 77 caution period incident that saw J.R. Hildebrand run over the right rear of Power's #12 Verizon Chevrolet. The fast Aussie finished 16th.

Under caution, the No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car driven by JR Hildebrand sprung over the right side of Power's No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, causing a flat rear tire and bent mirror. The team spent two pit stops to repair and check for damage. Then, while running 12th, the rear end of Power's car caught the Turn 4 tire barrier. He finished 16th.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who started and finished third at St. Pete last March on his journey to the series title, encountered issues on an early pit stop and was not in contention.


JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet, winner Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg): "First of thanks to everyone. Thanks to the fans. This race is so awesome. The people in this town are incredible. I'm glad we can open up our season here. Man, that was a tough race. Last year we qualified fourth, finished fourth. Qualified fourth again and I thought that was kind of our cursed number there for a bit and then the big thing that people were saying early on in the season is 'What is it going to take to win?' And the big thing was minimizing mistakes.. We had a good car. Not sure if we had the fastest car over a lap but I'll tell you what, we nailed the pit stops. The guys were so good. The GoDaddy car was really good on those black tires. That last restart, man, Helio Castroneves there..he's a three-time winner at this race. He's on the reds. He makes a mistake. I get by, but I'm thinking, 'He has 30 laps to get this back." And we were saving a bit of fuel, trying to save the tires and I just can't be happier. It is so awesome. Dan's hometown. Dan's car. This one's for him."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, finished second): "The Hitachi car was awesome. It was everything by the book. It was running. It was the one to watch and it was pretty good. I was just making sure that I could protect. I knew Hinch (James Hinchcliffe) was really good. Especially in the Mickey Mouse section,  as I call it. He was very strong there. As long as I was in front of him, it was going to be fine. Maybe I didn't warm up my tires enough. Just a small mistake. I guess the old dogs still make mistakes. Still have a lot to learn. Great effort by the Hitachi guys, incredible car. And good job Hinch. Congrats!"

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet, finished third): "Congratulations to James (Hinchcliffe) first and foremost. For me, this feels like a win for the struggles I have been having and all I can say is that it feels great to have the hard work pay off, for sure." (How big for the team?) "It's a good start. Looks like we are going to have to beat him this year."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): "The Target car was generally pretty good. We were just trying to get good fuel mileage and look after the tires. The yellows didn't really fall our way today. We went a little bit off sequence there at the end but what killed us was the left waste gate on the turbo broke, so I had no boost.  I was just getting killed on straight-line speed and they just all got past me on the final restarts."

ANA BEATRIZ (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): "It wasn't the start to the season that we would have liked it to be, but I think we can take many positives out of this race and put them towards our next one. I'm not in the car again for five weeks until Brazil, but I think we will have a better outcome then we did today."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda): "It was a hard-fought race all the way through.  I give a lot of credit to the No. 83 guys in the pits.  They put a new wing on the car when I needed it.  The strategy was right; it was just a question of having to come from too far back at certain points.  The pace is certainly there, we were quick when we needed to be.  We have to find that balance but we'll be in good shape come Barber."

JUSTIN WILSON (No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): "We had a pretty good race.  The Sonny's Bar-B-Q Honda team called some good strategy and we managed to keep picking our way up there and making improvements.  It was frustrating to lose a couple of spots right at the end - I seemed to get knocked around a little bit and be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  It's good to get a top 10, but we want to be up there challenging for the win, so we'll focus on what we can do better next time and try to make a step forward at Barber."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 1 DHL Chevrolet): "It wasn't a great day. We couldn't get our car into first gear on a pit stop for whatever reason. I don't know if that had anything to do with the stuck throttle that we ended up having, but that's what sidelined us in the end. I've heard some other guys have been having that issue so everyone is scratching their head right now, and trust me, on a street course it's not the thing you want - it's pretty scary to have one. That's racing. You can be on the highest high and then next weekend you can be on the lowest low. We just have to ride it and we'll come out swinging next week; it's all a part of it. It's a great win for James Hinchcliffe and Andretti Autosport.

E.J. VISO (No. 5 Team Venezuela /Andretti Autosport/HVM Chevrolet): "I am extremely happy finishing seventh after a very difficult beginning of the weekend with so many mechanical issues in the practice and qualifying. It's been tough to survive and make it to here, but the team did a great job to get me a very competitive car and give me all the tools to stay battling in the field. I'm feeling good about this year; I think we will be able to achieve good positions. Congratulations to my teammate, James, on his first win in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): "It was a survival today.  We had a busted front wing and it took us awhile to figure it out.  So we ran most of the race with a broken front flat (of the wing). It was tough to hang onto.  When we replaced the front wing late in the race, the Fuzzy's Chevrolet was much better.  I think we got up to tenth at one point.  But our red Firestones were pretty worn out by then.  In fact, we ran many more laps with them than we would in a normal stint. But the race was improvement for our ECR/Fuzzy's team.  It was not pretty but we survived to the finish.  Way better than last year here when we finished a couple of laps down due to some contact. It was a great day for Team Chevy and to have (James) Hinch (cliffe) get his first IndyCar win.  Team Chevy swept the podium and the weekend that is very cool."   

SIMONA de SILVESTRO (No. 78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Chevrolet): "It's been a good weekend for us. Unfortunately we lost a few positions at the end there. We kind of ran out of tires at the end. I think we can be pretty happy with sixth. Now we know what we have to work on for the next race. It was really cool to be up front all day with Will, Hinch and everybody; it was awesome. I think we can learn a lot from this weekend to have a better result at the next race. I really want to thank Chevy and my Nuclear Clean Air Energy sponsors for all their support. I'm really excited to get to Barber and see what we can do there."

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "Yeah, that's a tough finish for us in 16th. It's too bad because the Verizon car was definitely fast. (On the incident with JR Hildebrand) He came over and apologized after the race. He said he was just looking down at his steering wheel and he just ran over the top of me. It's just a mistake but that happens in racing. Then I made another mistake there at the end and it cost us four more places. Tough day but we just have to move forward and look ahead to Barber."

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Hydroxycut KVRT-SH Racing Chevrolet): "It's definitely a good start of the season for everyone at KV Racing, finishing fourth and sixth. My car was flawless while on track, the only problem we had during the race was that I couldn't shift into neutral during my last stop. That cost me three spots on track and made me work a bit more for this fourth place finish. I was impressed that my last set of scuffed red Firestones lasted that long and I can't say enough about my Chevy engine. It's unfortunate that Simona couldn't hold off that third place, she was running strong up front until she had no more tires. She deserved the podium. I guess Marco had a newer set of Firestones than both Simona and I, so it was a matter of time for him to get by us."


TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda): "It was a tough race right at the beginning, we clipped a front wing on the second restart so we had a damaged car most of the race. Before we changed the front wing we were as far down as 15th.  We picked up some pace and were able to overtake a few cars on the track so that was encouraging. There are quite a few things we need to look at but we fought hard today and  I want to thank the ABC Supply team for their hard work!"

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 7 Dragon Racing Chevrolet): "We've been fighting car behavior and brake balance - front to rear and left to right evolving runs and massively… I really don't know what is going on, but every time the brakes start to stabilize, the car comes back to life. I've just been fighting a ghost that moves around in the car. It makes it difficult on the restarts because never know what you are going to get. It's the hardest 11th place I've ever had to fight for."

TRISTAN VAUTIER (No. 55 Florida Lottery c/w Schmidt Peterson Honda): "I feel good. We had a great weekend. We made some progress and were right in there during the race. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports gave me a great car. It was very good on tires, so we could be very consistent. It is just a shame I was having a lot of fun running with the other guys and wish I was still out there."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Honda): "Frankly I am pretty pleased with how the Midas/Big O Tires car handled. Gerry (Hughes) and all of the guys did a great job getting the car in good running order and it definitely felt good. Unfortunately, we had some electrical issues; the car kept shutting off five or six times. Then we had a high fuel pressure issue that meant we couldn't run full power. We had to run conservatively because we couldn't ask the car for all of the fuel because it kept shutting off. I'm pretty disappointed that happened; we need to improve on that side but the guys did a good job. They were certainly on it. After the start to the weekend that we had, it felt good to be that competitive in the race."

JAMES JAKES (No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Honda):  "It was a difficult race for us. We were involved in an incident at the beginning when someone hit us from behind and it put us to the back. Then we managed to crawl our way to the front with a fuel strategy gamble and got up to sixth but then had to pit for fuel to finish the race and it put us out of sync.  And I think we also we chose the wrong tire for the final stint so we were struggling but we finished 15th, got some points and will move on. Someone told me the average finishing position of the champion last year was ninth so if you look at that everything is not lost. We just need to make some small improvements with the Acorn Stairlifts car. I appreciate all the effort from the team and I'm looking forward to racing in Alabama."

ORIOL SERVIA (No. 22 Panther DRR Chevrolet): "At least we showed what we've been saying, the team has improved so much over the winter. We showed we had the pace. First we had bad luck, there was a crash in front of us and I broke the front wing.  We were on a different strategy after that, but it gave us the lead. The car was great; I was really happy to be able to maintain and to keep that gap in front of  Castroneves, Power, and Hinchcliffe. I think the race was going to play out in a way that would have had us finish in the top five the way we were running. It was unfortunate - we came into the pits, the clutch wouldn't disengage and we lost several laps fixing the problem. However, I am still very happy with how we ran today."


1. (4) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
2. (5) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
3. (7) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
4. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
5. (20) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
6. (3) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
7. (22) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
8. (2) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
9. (13) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
10. (17) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
11. (21) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
12. (14) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
13. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
14. (23) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
15. (18) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
16. (1) Will Power, Dallara-Chevrolet, 107, Running
17. (12) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Chevrolet, 104, Running
18. (8) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevrolet, 79, Mechanical
19. (24) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevrolet, 78, Contact
20. (9) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevrolet, 72, Contact
21. (6) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 69, Mechanical
22. (25) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 55, Mechanical
23. (16) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 50, Mechanical 
24. (19) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 26, Mechanical
25. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 18, Contact
Race Statistics
Winners average speed:  83.539
Time of Race: 02:22:12.5502
Margin of victory: 1.0982
Cautions: 4 for 29 laps
Lead changes: 4 among 4 drivers
Lap Leaders:
Power 1 - 26
Castroneves 27 - 45
Servia 46 - 61
Castroneves 62 - 84
Hinchcliffe 85 - 110
Point Standings: Hinchcliffe 51, Castroneves 43, Andretti 35, Kanaan 32, Dixon 30, de Silvestro 28, Viso 26, Sato, 24, Wilson 22, Tagliani 20

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