St. Pete (2018)
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Charlie Kimball says that Carlin's first race in the 2018 IndyCar series was disappointing because the team should be fighting for podiums, but Max Chilton said it was an acceptable first showing.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports's Robert Wickens came close to a debut IndyCar win in the 2018 season-opener at St Petersburg before a collision with Alexander Rossi in the final laps.
Team owner Dale Coyne says his team’s latest triumph on the streets and runway at St. Petersburg was very different from the 2017 victory because this year Sebastien Bourdais’ car wasn’t even a podium contender.
Alexander Rossi has blamed Robert Wickens for the penultimate lap collision at IndyCar’s GP of St. Petersburg, which saw erstwhile leader Wickens spun into the tire wall, and Rossi drop to third place.
St. Petersburg Grand Prix winner Sebastien Bourdais admitted he was “kind of heartbroken” for rival Robert Wickens, after snatching victory from him in the very closing stages of the IndyCar Series opener.
Sebastien Bourdais scored the 37th win of his Indy car career and his second in a row at St. Petersburg, after Alexander Rossi took a huge chance on the final restart and wiped out long-time leader Robert Wickens.
Alexander Rossi put his Andretti Autosport-Honda on top in the warm-up for this afternoon’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg as several drivers experimented with push-to-pass and outbraking each other into the slippery Turn 1.
Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet rookie Jordan King said he was happy with qualifying fourth for his first ever IndyCar race, but says he could have been even faster.
Robert Wickens, who has taken pole for his first ever IndyCar race, said he was surprised to be so quick in the damp but drying conditions at St. Petersburg, but he had made the most of the conditions facing the Firestone Fast Six.
Robert Wickens grabbed a stunning pole position for his Verizon IndyCar Series debut on a damp but drying St. Petersburg track, beating Team Penske's Will Power and another rookie, Matheus Leist.
Scott Dixon and the Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda team sprung to prominence with fastest time during third practice for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, while rookie Jordan King was fourth before shunting at the last turn.
James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay, who finished P2 and P1 at the end of the first official day of the 2018 IndyCar season, said the new aerokit had radically changed their approach to the St. Petersburg track.
Larry Foyt says that the new and more positive atmosphere within AJ Foyt Racing has created a lot of expectation – but says he’s fine with the fact that others haven’t yet registered the team’s progress.
Ryan Hunter-Reay put Andretti Autosport on top as teams tried their alternate ‘reds’ in the second session, and he led a Honda 1-2 as James Hinchcliffe was second in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry.
Matheus Leist got his IndyCar career off to a flying start by clocking a 61.7231sec lap of the 1.8-mile street/runway course in his AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet to grab top spot.
Firestone has announced a two-year extension of its title sponsorship for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which this weekend features Indy cars as its headline category for the 15th time.
Ten IndyCar drivers will be part of the lineup for this year’s Kart4Kids event on Wednesday which will raise money for the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Helio Castroneves will serve as grand marshal for the inaugural round of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series in St. Petersburg.