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Old 03-25-2012, 06:24 PM   #1
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Chevrolet Tops "HONDA GRAND PRIX"

CASTRONEVES WINS HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Sunday, March 25, 2012) - Helio Castroneves ended a winless drought of more than a year by winning the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for the third time on March 25.

Castroneves, driving the No. 3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske Chevrolet, passed Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon for second place with a pass on the outside of Turn 1 on Lap 73 and went on to score the 26th win of his Indy car career.

Dixon finished second in his Honda-powered car, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport in a Chevrolet-powered car. James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Briscoe rounded out the top-five.

It was an emotional day for the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner. After taking the checkered flag, Castroneves stopped his car at Turn 10 and honored the late Dan Wheldon by climbing the fence and patting the "Dan Wheldon Way" sign located there.
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IZOD IndyCar Series
Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 25, 2012) - Results Sunday of the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 1.8-mile St Petersburg Street Circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (5) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevrolet, 100, Running
2. (6) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
3. (3) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevrolet, 100, Running
5. (2) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (16) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
7. (1) Will Power, Dallara-Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (12) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevrolet, 100, Running
9. (22) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
10. (15) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
11. (19) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
12. (10) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
13. (9) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
14. (7) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevrolet, 99, Running
15. (17) Alex Tagliani, Dallara Lotus, 99, Running
16. (23) Oriol Servia, Dallara Lotus, 99, Running
17. (13) Rubens Barrichello, Dallara-Chevrolet, 98, Running
18. (24) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevrolet, 98, Running
19. (18) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevrolet, 96, Mechanical
20. (11) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 75, Mechanical
21. (26) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara Lotus, 73, Mechanical
22. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 73, Mechanical
23. (25) Katherine Legge, Dallara Lotus, 59, Mechanical
24. (21) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara Lotus, 22, Mechanical
25. (8) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevrolet, 21, Mechanical
26. (20) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 19, Contact

Race Statistics
Winners average speed: 90.113
Time of Race: 1:59:50.9863
Margin of victory: 5.5292 sec.
Cautions: 3 for 15 laps
Lead changes: 9 among 7 drivers
Lap Leaders: Power 1-11, Briscoe 12-20, Dixon 21-36, Sato 37-46, Franchitti 47, Dixon 48-68, Castroneves 69-70, Sato 71, Hildebrand 72, Castroneves 75 - 100

Point Standings:
1. Castroneves 50
2. Dixon 42
3. Hunter-Reay 35
4. Hinchcliffe 32
5. Briscoe 30
6. Pagenaud 28
7. Power 27
8. Viso 24
9. Kimball 22
10. Wilson 20
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St Petersburg 100


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Results Saturday of the St Petersburg 100 Firestone Indy Lights event on the 1.8 mile St. Petersburg Street Circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Tristan Vautier, 45, Running
2. (2) Esteban Guerrieri, 45, Running
3. (4) Sebastian Saavedra, 45, Running
4. (3) Oliver Webb, 45, Running
5. (5) Victor Carbone, 45, Running
6. (6) Gustavo Yacaman, 45, Running
7. (9) Juan Pablo Garcia, 45, Running
8. (14) Armaan Ebrahim, 45, Running
9. (13) Troy Castaneda, 45, Running
10. (15) Darryl Wills, 44, Running
11. (11) Jorge Goncalvez, 44, Running
12. (8) Alon Day, 43, Running
13. (10) JV Horto, 42, Running
14. (7) Carlos Munoz, 29, Contact
15. (12) David Ostella, 21, Contact
16. (16) Rodin Younessi, 5, Handling

Race Statistics
Winners average speed: 83.262
Time of Race: 00:58:22.1898
Margin of victory: 1.0391 seconds
Cautions: 4 for 9 laps
Lead changes: 0
Lap Leaders: Vautier 1 - 45

Point Standings:
1. Vautier 53
2. Guerrieri 40
3. Saavedra 35
4. Webb 32
5. Carbone 30
6. Yacaman 28
7. Garcia 26
8. Ebrahim 24
9. Castaneda 22
10. Wills 20
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Jack Hawksworth of Cullingworth, England won today's Star Mazda Championship race #2 on the Streets of St. Petersburg to earn his first victory in the series. Connor De Phillippi of San Clemente, Calif., won Saturday's race #1 for the Star Mazda Championship presented Goodyear at St. Petersburg.

It was the second consecutive season that De Phillippi has won the opener at St. Petersburg. The series' next event is a doubleheader weekend at Barber Motorsports Park on March 31 and April 1
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Spencer Pigot of Windemere, Fla., and R.C. Enerson of New Port Richey, Fla., were the Championship Class and National Class winners, respectively, in the today's Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship race #2 at St. Petersburg on Sunday.

Pigot, who won Race #1 at St. Petersburg last year, and Enerson all were the winners in Race #1.

Star Mazda is the middle level of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system that leads to the IZOD IndyCar Series. The entry level is the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda; the top level is Firestone Indy Lights.
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St. Pete win washes away '11 finish for Castroneves

An uncharacteristic 2011, in which Helio Castroneves' streak with at least one victory ended at 11 seasons and the three-time Indianapolis 500 champion finished a career-low 11th in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings, is as much history as yesterday's headlines.

The Team Penske driver said during the Sebring Open Test in early March that there was something missing, though his confidence never wavered.

"We never stopped believing," said Castroneves, who received a championship points jump by winning the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 25. "It's important for us as a group to know that we can do it. Having the entire crew believing in me and never give up, it just proves this is a great group of guys. We need exactly everybody saying, 'We know what we can do.'

"Last year, unfortunately because of many issues -- some of them were mine, some of them were bad luck, some of them were because of the new rules we have with the double-file restarts -- I have to say I did not feel comfortable.

"I think now with a new car, new engine, it gives you a fresh start. This is just what we need to start a great season until the end. It's always important to start strong in the championship."

Castroneves, whose best title showing is second in 2008 and '02, tied Rodger Ward for 13th on the all-time Indy car victory list with 26. Johnny Rutherford and Scott Dixon, the runner-up for the third time on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn St. Petersburg street circuit, are the next targets with 27.

"It's a great boost for the next race, to go out there and repeat what we can do," said Castroneves, referring to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.

Castroneves won the inaugural event on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course in 2010, and teammate Will Power won from the pole last April. Power, the championship runner-up the past two seasons to Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti, led the initial 11 laps from the pole position he earned with a series' track-qualifying record and finished seventh. Ryan Briscoe, driving the No. 2 IZOD Team Penske car, qualified on the front row and finished fifth.

"Certainly the work we did through the off-season is paying off," Castroneves continued. I have no doubt Ryan and Will are going to join me (in Victory Circle). I'm going to continue pushing, as well. That's why we're competitors."

For Dixon, whose best finish the previous four seasons on the temporary street circuit was 16th, the 42 points earned (he received two bonus points for leading a field-high 37 laps) also is welcome.

"I think it's important, especially for us, we've definitely struggled the last few years probably with the first four races," the two-time series champion said. "This race pays the same amount of points as the last one (at Auto Club Speedway on Sept. 15). Consistency, if you look backward with Dario over the last couple of years, that's what's won the championship."
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St. Petersburg: Some numbers to note from the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the season-opening event of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

2 - Previous Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winners that have gone on to win the IZOD IndyCar Series championship: Dan Wheldon in 2005 and Dario Franchitti 2011.

3 - Wins at St. Petersburg by Helio Castroneves.

5 -Wins at St. Petersburg by Team Penske.

7 -Teams represented in the top 10 of the series point standings… Drivers who have won the season-opening race and also won the IZOD IndyCar Series title: Buzz Calkins (1996), Sam Hornish Jr. (2001 and 2002), Scott Dixon (2003 and 2008), Dan Wheldon (2005) and Dario Franchitti (2011).

8 - Races won by Spencer Pigot in 2012. Pigot won five of six races in the Cooper Tires USF2000 WinterFest and has won three of the four Cooper Tires USF2000 races held this season.

10 - Lead changes among seven drivers, matching the most lead changes in the seven previous Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg…Drivers who have won their Firestone Indy Light debut, including St. Petersburg 100 race winner Tristan Vautier.

13 - Positions improved by Charlie Kimball, the most positions gained by any driver. Kimball finished ninth, matching his career-best finish.

15 - Top-five starts by Esteban Guerrieri, a Firestone Indy Lights record.
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The third Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk 'N Wheelathon on March 23 raised almost $38,000 through the support of more than 700 event participants. All proceeds will benefit the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation and All Children's Hospital.
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IZOD IndyCar Series
Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 25, 2012) - Results Sunday of the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 1.8-mile St Petersburg Street Circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (5) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevrolet, 100, Running
2. (6) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
3. (3) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevrolet, 100, Running
5. (2) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (16) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
7. (1) Will Power, Dallara-Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (12) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevrolet, 100, Running
9. (22) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
10. (15) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
11. (19) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
12. (10) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
13. (9) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
14. (7) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevrolet, 99, Running
15. (17) Alex Tagliani, Dallara Lotus, 99, Running
16. (23) Oriol Servia, Dallara Lotus, 99, Running
17. (13) Rubens Barrichello, Dallara-Chevrolet, 98, Running
18. (24) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevrolet, 98, Running
19. (18) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevrolet, 96, Mechanical
20. (11) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 75, Mechanical
21. (26) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara Lotus, 73, Mechanical
22. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 73, Mechanical
23. (25) Katherine Legge, Dallara Lotus, 59, Mechanical
24. (21) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara Lotus, 22, Mechanical
25. (8) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevrolet, 21, Mechanical
26. (20) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 19, Contact

Race Statistics
Winners average speed: 90.113
Time of Race: 1:59:50.9863
Margin of victory: 5.5292 sec.
Cautions: 3 for 15 laps
Lead changes: 9 among 7 drivers
Lap Leaders: Power 1-11, Briscoe 12-20, Dixon 21-36, Sato 37-46, Franchitti 47, Dixon 48-68, Castroneves 69-70, Sato 71, Hildebrand 72, Castroneves 75 - 100

Point Standings:
1. Castroneves 50
2. Dixon 42
3. Hunter-Reay 35
4. Hinchcliffe 32
5. Briscoe 30
6. Pagenaud 28
7. Power 27
8. Viso 24
9. Kimball 22
10. Wilson 20
KV Racing Technology general manager Mark Johnson said the team has taken measures to rectify the battery issue that knocked out Tony Kanaan after only 21 laps of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
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Will Power, who set an IZOD IndyCar Series track qualifying record, had the fastest race lap on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn St. Petersburg street course at 1 minute, 2.7575 seconds on Lap 4 of 100.
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