St. Pete (2017)
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Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato have praised their team and crews for bouncing back from brake issues and shunts to finish fourth and fifth in the IndyCar season-opener at St. Petersburg.
Four-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon was left furious at IndyCar Race Control for calling a full-course caution that flipped the race order around, favoring those who started near the back of the field.
Sebastien Bourdais admits he thought he’d “thrown away” any chance of a decent result at St Petersburg after crashing in qualifying – before scoring his sensational victory in the 2017 IndyCar season opener.
Sebastien Bourdais won the Grand Prix of St Petersburg, passing reigning IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud to win the opening race of the season from the back of the grid.
Scott Dixon topped the times in raceday warm-up for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, but the session was overshadowed by a major shunt for Ryan Hunter-Reay who suffered apparent brake failure at Turn 10.
AJ Foyt Racing president Larry Foyt was pleased with Carlos Munoz for taking 11th on the grid in St. Petersburg IndyCar qualifying, and that Conor Daly’s 20th-placed start is a result of “not liking the brakes.”
Reigning IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud’s race engineer says his driver’s disappointing 14th on the grid at St. Petersburg was triggered by brake issues, which left the #1 Penske team struggling to find a good handling balance.
Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Will Power thumped the wall exiting Turn 10 of the St. Petersburg airport/street course during Q2 but got through to the Firestone Fast Six to nail his seventh pole position at this track.
Scott Dixon put Chip Ganassi Racing’s #9 at the top of the timesheets in the final practice session before qualifying, as Honda-powered cars filled the top six.
Will Power, who has taken pole six times at St. Petersburg, says last night’s changes to Turn 3 have made the track more of a challenge for the drivers.