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Marco Andretti set for landmark 100th race

St Petersburg has already commemorated Wheldon in its own way, renaming a stretch of the race course near the Dali Museum as Dan Wheldon Way in a midweek ceremony attended by Susie Wheldon. The stretch was particularly special for Wheldon, being the spot where he made a crucial pass on Ryan Briscoe and Tony Kanaan that gave him victory in the inaugural race here in 2005.

"I am so proud and blessed to be part of this community and to be able to call St Petersburg home," Susie Wheldon said. "Sebastian and Oliver will be so proud to know the impact that their father had on this community and on the world of motorsports.

In between the emotional memories of Wheldon, the excitement of a new season in brand new cars with unfamiliar engines, and not to mention the series début of F1 driver Rubens Barrichello, Marco's 100th landmark race this Sunday on March 25 should be as unmissable as it gets in motor sports.

IndyCar Series coverage is provided in the UK by Sky Sports. The first race of the season from St Petersburg is featured live on the new Sky Sports F1 channel on Sunday evening from 5.30pm.

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Maxx - Unregistered

March 21, 2012 5:15 PM

Face it, if his name was Mark Smith, and his dad didn't own a race team, he would be out of racing by now. He seems to have no clue how to set-up, or improve a race car on any given race day. He needs a strong team mate to guide him through that process.

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