St. Pete weekend

St. Pete weekend

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How it started…

Who’s driving this weekend:

WDW St Pete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Point standings

Starting grid

Position Driver Points   Position

Driver

0 1 Will Power
0 2 Simon Pagenaud
0 3 Helio Castroneves
0 4 Juan Pablo Montoya
0 5 Takuma Sato
0 6 Sebastien Bourdais
0 7 Tony Kanaan
0 8 Ryan Hunter-Reay
0 9 Scott Dixon
0 10 Josef Newgarden
0 11 Simona de Silvestro
0 12 Marco Andretti
0 13 Charlie Kimball
0 14 Carlos Munos
0 15 Graham Rahal
0 16 James Hinchcliffe
0 17 Stefano Coletti
0 18 Sage Karam
0 19 Luca Filippi
0 20 James Jakes
0 21 Jack Hawksworth
0 22 Gabby Chavez
0 23 Francesco Dracone
0 24 Carlos Huertas

 …how it ended…

Race results

Points standings

Position Driver   Position Driver

Points

1 Juan Pablo Montoya 1 Juan Pablo Montoya 51
2 Will Power 2 Will Power 44
3 Tony Kanaan 3 Tony Kanaan 35
4 Helio Castroneves 4 Helio Castroneves 33
5 Simon Pagenaud 5 Simon Pagenaud 31
6 Sebastien Bourdais 6 Sebastien Bourdais 28
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay 7 Ryan Hunter-Reay 26
8 Jack Hawksworth 8 Jack Hawksworth 25
9 Luca Filippi 9 Luca Filippi 22
10 Marco Andretti 10 Marco Andretti 20
11 Graham Rahal 11 Graham Rahal 19
12 Josef Newgarden 12 Josef Newgarden 18
13 Takuma Sato 13 Takuma Sato 17
14 Carlos Munoz 14 Carlos Munoz 16
15 Scott Dixon 15 Scott Dixon 15
16 James Hinchcliffe 16 James Hinchcliffe 14
17 Gabby Chavez (R) 17 Gabby Chavez (R) 13
18 Simona de Silvestro 18 Simona de Silvestro 12
19 Sage Karam 19 Sage Karam 11
20 Stefano Coletti (R) 20 Stefano Coletti 10
21 Charlie Kimball 21 Charlie Kimball 9
22 James Jakes 22 James Jakes 8
 23  Francesco Dracone 23 Francesco Dracone 7
 24  Carlos Huertas 24 Carlos Huertas 6

…and all the stuff in between…

Precarious practice: With the aerokits for Honda (“Slats”) and Chevy (“Extra Bits”) being brand new and spares being scarce, practices were fairly quiet. Quite a few run-offs but contact was avoided at all costs. The one thing that did take a beating was the track record. Loads of downforce with the kits and speeds were climbing quickly.

Penske perfect: The four Penske cars took the top four positions in qualifying after putting in powerful practice sessions. It was Power, Pagenaud, Castroneves and Montoya. Lots of Extra Bits to lead the way at the green.

Papier-mâché parts: As many predicted, debris cautions were the bane of this race. ABC even displayed a wing damage tracker at one point. Slats took the brunt of the damage, spraying bits of cat-mangled Venetian blind parts all over the track. Caution after caution kept the race from developing a real rhythm, which is not uncommon for St. Pete, but the parts sprayed with much lighter contact.

Penske party plus papa: New papa Tony Kanaan broke up what would have been an otherwise all-Penske podium. Montoya and Power took the top two steps on the podium, with Castroneves and Pagenaud filling out the top five. From the looks of things right now, The Captain has the best boat in the water.