Danica Patrick scored her best road/street course finish of seventh since Long Beach (fourth) in '09. Raphael Matos, the third-place finisher in Brazil on March 14, checked in at eighth, and Graham Rahal advanced from the 16th starting spot to ninth in the #67 Dollar General car for Sarah Fisher Racing.
Tony Kanaan's string of five top-five St. Pete finishes ended, but he was tenth in the #11 Team 7-Eleven car ahead of Andretti Autosport team-mates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti in eleventh and twelfth. Andretti led early on but faded as the race went on.
"The Venom car started the race really strong, but then unfortunately we caught a cut tyre," Marco explained. "Track position is really important here and we had great position, but the cut tyre caused us to lose that. That was really the turning point for us, but at the same time I can't say we had the best-handling car on the track. We were looking good for a while. Things just didn't go our way."
Mario Romancini was the top rookie and finished 13th in his second race in the #34 Conquest Racing car, while NHLR's Hideki Mutoh and Vitor Meira rounded out the top 15.
"I am really happy with how we finished the race today," said Romancini. "We weren't sure how wet the track conditions would be, so we decided to run a medium setup. We had to start the race on slicks, making it a bit more difficult for me, but I stayed out of trouble and finished the race, which was most important for me."
The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series now continues with the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday, April 11 at Barber Motorsports Park.