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2017 St. Pete: IndyCar Race Results - Bourdais, Coyne, Honda Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 12, 2017 - 03:03 PM
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2017 St. Pete: IndyCar Race Results - Bourdais, Coyne, Honda Win!



From last to first. Sebastien Bourdais and Dale Coyne Racing - Honda power - have won the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg at the St Petersburg Street Circuit.

From last to first. Sebastien Bourdais and Dale Coyne Racing - Honda power - have won the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg at the St Petersburg Street Circuit.
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By Mike Sulka

From last to first. Sebastien Bourdais and Dale Coyne Racing - Honda power - have won the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg at the St Petersburg Street Circuit. For Bourdais, it is his first win of the season, and fifth of his IndyCar career. Overall, Bourdais has 36 major open-wheel wins. Bourdais' last win came at Belle Isle last season.

It was a great drive for the little team that could. Bourdais started last after causing a red flag during yesterday's qualifying session.

The last win for Dale Coyne Racing was the first race at Houston in 2014 with Carlos Huertas. Coyne Racing has six victories since 1986.

Finishing second was Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud who picked up his first podium of the year and 21st IndyCar podium of his career. Pagenaud was also the highest finishing Chevrolet.

Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Ganassi Honda looked like one of the fastest cars all weekend, but in street racing the yellows have a way of turning the standings up-side down. Today, Dixon collected his 90th major open-wheel podium.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato rounded out the top five finishers.

Recap

Will Power got a great start leaving Scott Dixon in the dust at the start. Three corners later, Graham Rahal, Charlie Kimball got together with Carlos Munoz also taking punishment. Graham Rahal would get restarted with damage.

On the Lap 6 restart, James Hinchcliffe would enter Turn One wide and on the outside of Power - who was protecting the inside - and pull off a perfect pass for the lead.

On Lap 15, Will Power came in trying to recover by going off strategy due to a flat spotted tire. During the pitstop, the wheel gun was run over and blew the strategy. A drive-through penalty was issued.

On Lap 25, Tony Kanaan exited the pits on cold tyres, back marker Mikhail Aleshin would try to pass Kanaan on the inside, but the move wasn't there. The Russian clipped the rear of the Ganassi car causing damage to the rear and bringing out the second yellow of the day.

With the yellow, the seven top cars would cycle to the back of the field because it doesn't always pay to be fastest and out front in an IndyCar race.

On lap 30, the race would resume with Simon Pagenaud out front until Lap 38 when Sebastien Bourdais would pass the Penske driver entering Turn One.

The leaders would pit on Lap 55 with Bourdais regaining the lead on Lap 58 as pitstops ensued. The racing was clear until Lap 83 when Bourdais would pit with a commanding eight second advantage. Simon Pagenaud would run one more lap, but would be unable to capitalize during the final pitstops.

Bourdais would cruise to victory.

Next up, the Long Beach Grand Prix in a month.


 


























2017 St. Pete: IndyCar Race Results
PosDriverGap
1Sebastien Bourdaiswinner
2Simon Pagenaud-10.3508
3Scott Dixon-27.4985
4Ryan Hunter-Reay36.1147
5Takuma Sato36.1675
6Helio Castroneves42.0285
7Marco Andretti49.5217
8Josef Newgarden50.0443
9James Hinchcliffe58.8628
10Ed Jones1:01.8611
11Alexander Rossi1 LAP
12Tony Kanaan1 LAP
13JR Hildebrand1 LAP
14Mikhail1 LAP
15Conor Daly1 LAP
16Max Chilton1 LAP
17Graham Rahal2 Lap
18Charlie Kimball5 Lap
19Will Power11 LAP
20Spencer Pigot39 Lap
21Carlos Munoz78 Lap



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