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Penske's Helio Castroneves proved unstoppable in the first race of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, and the first outing of the new-specification cars and engines.
Helio Castroneves won the first IZOD IndyCar Series race of the 2012 season at St Petersburg in a time just under two hours, and a comfortable five and a half seconds ahead of second placed man Scott Dixon. It's Castroneves' first since since Japan in 2010, after 2011 ended as his first season without a win since he entered IndyCar in 2001.

Castroneves' team mate, polesitter Will Power, gambled on an early pit stop but ended up well down the field and stuck in traffic. He then lost even more times and positions when he went wide trying to get past the slower car of James Jakes and was only able to recover to seventh place by the end of the race.

Jakes was one of the eight drivers to retire during the race and the only one to exit because of contact with the tyre wall during the race. The others were hit by sundry electrical, mechanical and fuel pressure problems to be expected while the teams bed in their new equipment.

Race results

1. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske Chevrolet 1:59:50.9863s after 100 laps
2. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi Honda + 5.5292s
3. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Chevrolet + 7.5824s
4. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Chevrolet + 10.6526s
5. #2 Ryan Briscoe Penske Chevrolet + 11.7854s
6. #77 Simon Pagenaud SHM Honda + 31.2623s
7. #12 Will Power Penske Chevrolet + 34.6582s
8. #5 Ej Viso KV Racing Chevrolet + 35.5943s
9. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi Honda + 43.1425s
10. #18 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Honda + 44.3141s
11. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR Honda + 44.8275s
12. #38 Graham Rahal Ganassi Honda + 45.108s
13. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi Honda + 45.8468s
14. #26 Marco Andretti Andretti Chevrolet + 1 laps
15. #98 Alex Tagliani Bryan Herta Lotus + 1 laps
16. #22 Oriol Servia DRR Lotus + 1 laps
17. #8 Rubens Barrichello KV Racing Chevrolet + 2 laps
18. #20 Ed Carpenter ECR Chevrolet + 2 laps
19. #4 JR Hildebrand Panther Chevrolet + 4 laps Off Course
20. #14 Mike Conway AJ Foyt Honda + 25 laps Mechanical
21. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Lotus + 27 laps Off Course
22. #15 Takuma Sato Rahal Honda + 27 laps Electrical
23. #6 Katherine Legge Dragon Lotus + 41 laps Off Course
24. #78 Simona De Silvestro HVM Lotus + 78 laps Mechanical
25. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing Chevrolet + 79 laps Electrical
26. #19 James Jakes Dale Coyne Honda + 81 laps Contact

IZOD IndyCar Series championship standings

1. Hélio Castroneves 50 pts
2. Scott Dixon 42 pts
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay 35 pts
4. James Hinchcliffe 32 pts
5. Ryan Briscoe 30 pts
6. Simon Pagenaud 28 pts
7. Will Power 27 pts
8. Ernesto Viso 24 pts
9. Charlie Kimball 22 pts
10. Justin Wilson 20 pts
11. Josef Newgarden 19 pts
12. Graham Rahal 18 pts
13. Dario Franchitti 17 pts
14. Marco Andretti 16 pts
15. Alex Tagliani 15 pts
16. Oriol Servià 14 pts
17. Rubens Barrichello 13 pts
18. Ed Carpenter 12 pts
19. J.R. Hildebrand 12 pts
20. Simona de Silvestro 12 pts
20. Katherine Legge 12 pts
20. Takuma Sato 12 pts
20. Sébastien Bourdais 12 pts
20. Mike Conway 12 pts
25. Tony Kanaan 10 pts
25. James Jakes 10 pts



Related Pictures

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3-4 September, 2010, Sparta, Kentucky USA #3 Team Penske`s Helio Castroneves, race winner.
Penske Racing`s Helio Castroneves. [Picture credit: IndyCar Media]
Helio Castroneves in the #3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske Chevrolet during pre-season testing at Sebring. March 2012. [Photo Credit: Michael Levitt - LAT for IndyCar Media]
Helio Castroneves leads the field down the frontstretch during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Degree Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, raced to a sixth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sage Karam, driver of the #8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, races to a fifth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to a fourth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 races to a second-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power and Takuma Sato crash out during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power crashes out during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon climbs into his car on pit road for his qualifying run during qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on pit lane after qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti go side-by-side during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates capturing the pole position during qualifying Friday, June 26, 2015, for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates capturing the pole position during qualifying Friday, June 26, 2015, for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Friday, June 26, 2015, capturing the pole position for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon enters Turn 3 during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on pit lane following practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)

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