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St Petersburg - Points standings

James Hinchcliffe leads the IZOD IndyCar Series points standings after the first of 19 races on the 2013 calendar.
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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James Hinchcliffe on track during practice at St Petersburg, Florida - March 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe in victory circle following the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg - Sunday, March 24 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
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Scott Dixon (left), driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, after winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Joining him on the podium is Charlie Kimball, driver of the #83 Novolog Flexpen Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 who finished third. Chevrolet won its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates with team mates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates with Chip Ganassi after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates with Chip Ganassi after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves goes off-course as the field streams by during the opening lap of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power apexes the Turn 9/9A chicane during the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power leads the field to the green to start the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power exits the Turn 9A chicane complex during qualifications for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fifth fastest Saturday, August 29, 2015, for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Montoya is leading the Driver`s Championship in points heading into this final race of the season. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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