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St Petersburg - Race results

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

Related Pictures

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Indy Racing League. 3-5 April 2009. Honda Grand Prix of St. Peteresburg. St Petersburg, Florida. Ryan Hunter-Rey.
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: Indycar Media/Joe Skibinski]
Will Power - Team Penske
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Will Power - Penske  [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Carlos Munoz celebrates his first IndyCar pole at Texas Motor Speedway
Sebastian Bourdais (KVSH Racing) celebrates in Detroit   [image creid: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Sebastian Bourdais - KVSH Racing   [image credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport [credit: Walter Kuhn]
Marco Andretti - Andretti Autosport [credit: Chris Owens]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Richard Dowdy)
Ryan Hunter-Reay - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: IndyCar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]

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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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