Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe leads the IZOD IndyCar Series championship after race 1 of the 2013 season.

Hinchcliffe's win at the season opener at St Petersburg, Florida puts him on top with 51pts, eight points ahead of Penske's Helio Castroneves. Hinchcliffe's team mate Marco Andretti is a further eight points back after stealing the final podium position in the last minutes of the two-and-a-half hour race on Sunday.

By contrast, Will Power has just 15pts after the first of 19 races, and reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay is even worse off with just 12pts. Dario Franchitti is at the bottom of the table with just 5pts from St Pete.

Driver standings

1. James Hinchcliffe - 51 pts
2. Helio Castroneves - 43 pts
3. Marco Andretti - 35 pts
4. Tony Kanaan - 32 pts
5. Scott Dixon - 30 pts
6. Simona de Silvestro - 28 pts
7. EJ Viso - 26 pts
8. Takuma Sato - 24 pts
9. Justin Wilson - 22 pts
10. Alex Tagliani - 20 pts
11. Sebastien Bourdais - 19 pts
12. Charlie Kimball - 18 pts
13. Graham Rahal - 17 pts
14. Ed Carpenter - 16 pts
15. James Jakes - 16 pts
16. Will Power - 15 pts
17. Oriol Servia - 14 pts
18. Ryan Hunter-Reay - 12 pts
19. JR Hildebrand - 11 pts
20. Sebastian Saavedra - 10 pts
21. Tristan Vautier - 9 pts
22. Ana Beatriz - 8 pts
23. Josef Newgarden - 7 pts
24. Simon Pagenaud - 6 pts
25. Dario Franchitti - 5 pts

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