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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



Related Pictures

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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)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Chevy Racing sweeps the podium with race winner Sebastien Bourdais (center), driver of the #11 Hydroxycut KVC Racing Technology Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the first of two IndyCar Series races in Toronto, Canada. Second-place finisher Helio Castroneves (left), driver of the #3 PPV Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet, and third-place finisher Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, join the celebration. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Rain drops on a space nose cone for Ryan Hunter-Reay`s car (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe`s car in Canadian mode (Photo By Chris Owens for IndyCar media)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to a fourteenth-place finish Saturday, July 13, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Power lost the championship points lead to teammate Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, who finished eighth. (Photo by Dan Streck/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, races to a third-place finish Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6, takes over the championship points lead with an eighth-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6, took over the championship points lead with an eighth-place finish Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Brett Moist/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The #28 Andretti Autosport team celebrates victory (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay gets a new ride (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay with the winner`s trophy (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)

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