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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



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