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Dario Franchitti rose above the crashes to take a calm, dominant victory over Will Power and Tony Kanaan at the 2011 IndyCar series opener on the streets of St Petersburg, Florida.
A series of crashes during the opening quarter of the IndyCar street course event at St Petersburg marred the start of the 2011 season, with many big names finding their first event of the year a very short affair.

The first crash alone, sparked by Mario Andretti trying to surge down the inside of the new style double file restart into turn 1, left his car upside down and also took out Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves and Mike Conway on the way. The restart allowed Dario Franchitti to take the lead and he commanded the race from that point on, easily seeing off Will Power to claim his first series victory at St Pete's.

Sebastian Bourdais was forced out of the race before it even began after a major accident in the morning warm-up wrote off his car and meant he had to sit on the sidelines.

Race results

1. #10 Dario Franchitti 100 laps 2h 00m 59.6886s
2. #12 Will Power 100 laps + 7.1612s
3. #82 Tony Kanaan 100 laps + 16.1045s
4. #78 Simona de Silvestro 100 laps + 16.5616s
5. #5 Takuma Sato 100 laps + 29.9435s
6. #77 Alex Tagliani 100 laps + 30.4655s
7. #17 Raphael Matos 100 laps + 31.5227s
8. #14 Vitor Meira 100 laps + 35.7291s
9. #02 Oriol Servia 100 laps + 49.1432s
10. #22 Justin Wilson 100 laps + 56.8025s
11. #4 JR Hildebrand 100 laps + 62.9747s
12. #7 Danica Patrick 100 laps + 62.9748s
13. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 98 laps + 2 laps
14. #24 Ana Beatriz 98 laps + 2 laps
15. #18 James Jakes 97 laps + 3 laps
16. #9 Scott Dixon 96 laps + 4 laps
17. #38 Graham Rahal 96 laps + 4 laps
18. #6 Ryan Briscoe 95 laps + 5 laps
19. #59 EJ Viso 94 laps + 6 laps
20. #3 Helio Castroneves 85 laps + 15 laps
21. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 58 laps + 42 laps Handling
22. #83 Charlie Kimball 38 laps + 62 laps Contact
23. #27 Mike Conway 1 laps + 99 laps Contact
24. #26 Marco Andretti 0 laps + 100 laps Contact
25. #19 Sebastien Bourdais 0 laps + 100 laps DNS




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Indy Racing League. 3-5 April 2009. Honda Grand Prix of St. Peteresburg. St Petersburg, Florida. Ryan Hunter-Rey.
Will Power and Carlos Munoz flank winner Mike Conway during their victory lap (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay leads Sebastien Bourdais during the early stages of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway (centre), driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory with champagne Sunday, April 13, 2014 after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Will Power (right), driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, finished second. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power on track (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power signs an autograph for a young fan at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in the fountain turn complex during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in the fountain turn complex during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais waits on pitlane before practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais around the fountain turn during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais on track at Long Beach on Friday (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais on course during practice at Long Beach -- Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media
Sebastian Saavedra on course during practice at Long Beach -- Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, March 30, 2014 during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 finished third. (Photo by LAT/ Russell LaBounty for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, March 30, 2014 during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 finished third. (Photo by LAT/ Russell LaBounty for Chevy Racing)

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scampsuzi - Unregistered

March 28, 2011 11:23 AM

I don't know Rob, four years in Indy and just the one win. Best season finishing 7th or 8th whilst driving for one of the very best teams, not that good I don't think! Very average in A1. You really cannot expect the entire Andretti dynasty to have anywhere near the talent of Mario who, in my opinion, was one of the very best of all time and if Marco does come up to scratch I will be only to pleased to eat humble pie.



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