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Race Report: 2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg


Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Streets of St. Petersburg
March 12, 2017


For the seventh consecutive year, the Verizon IndyCar Series season will open with a battle on the streets of St. Petersburg.

This year, a field of 21 drivers will kick off their 2017 campaigns driving 21 cars fitted with Chevrolet- and Honda-designed aerodynamic components for the final year. After the so-called “aero kit era” debuted at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in 2015, this weekend marks the beginning of the end for the concept.

This season-opening race stands as the competition debut of the many changes within the IndyCar paddock that have taken place since the series closed out the 2016 season at Sonoma Raceway in September. Among the changes to driver rosters is Josef Newgarden’s move to Team Penske to replace Juan Pablo Montoya — the winner of IndyCar’s last two visits to the 1.8-mile, 14-turn Floridian street circuit.

Use the drop-down menus or the links that follow to view session results, important times, entrant facts, weather forecast, track facts and history.

Session Results

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Important Times

Green Flag12:30 p.m. EDT *
Drivers Start Your Engines12:23 p.m.
Race BroadcastNoon on ABC
Qualifying2:55 p.m. Saturday on INDYCAR Race Control
Practice Sessions11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday
3–3:45 p.m. Friday
10:50–11:35 a.m. Saturday
9–9:30 a.m. Sunday (warm-up)
Drivers Meeting8 a.m. Sunday
Full Weekend ScheduleView PDF
Live Timing and ScoringINDYCAR Race Control and INDYCAR Mobile app (iOS, Android).
Radio BroadcastAdvance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209,, and on the INDYCAR Mobile app (iOS, Android).
Video StreamingAll practice sessions for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be available on the INDYCAR YouTube channel and INDYCAR Race Control. Live coverage of qualifying will also be available via live streaming.
* All times on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 are in Eastern Standard Time. All times on Sunday, March 12 are in Eastern Daylight Time. View the green-flag time in all time zones.

Entrant Facts

Starting LineupView Table
Qualification GroupsView PDF
Entry ListView Table
Past Driver PerformanceView PDF
Spotter Guide
Spotter guide for 2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
View PDF
Pit AssignmentsView PDF
Aero Kit ConfigurationRoad/street
Push-to-Pass Parameters150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds
Tires Available per EntrySeven sets primary, four sets alternate

Entry List

Car No.DriverHometownSponsorTeamAero Kit / Engine
(R) – Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
1Simon PagenaudMontmorillon, FrancePPG Automotive RefinishTeam PenskeChevrolet
2Josef NewgardenHendersonville, Tennessee, USAVerizonTeam PenskeChevrolet
3Helio CastronevesSao Paulo, BrazilHitachiTeam PenskeChevrolet
4Conor DalyNoblesville, Indiana, USAABC SupplyA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet
5James HinchcliffeToronto, CanadaArrow Schmidt Peterson MotorsportsHonda
7Mikhail AleshinMoscow, RussiaSMP RacingSchmidt Peterson MotorsportsHonda
8Max ChiltonReigate, EnglandGallagherChip Ganassi RacingHonda
9Scott DixonAuckland, New ZealandGE LED LightingChip Ganassi RacingHonda
10Tony KanaanSalvador, BrazilNTT DataChip Ganassi RacingHonda
12Will PowerToowoomba, AustraliaVerizonTeam PenskeChevrolet
14Carlos MunozBogota, ColombiaABC SupplyA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet
15Graham RahalNew Albany, Ohio, USASteak 'n ShakeRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
18Sebastien BourdaisLe Mans, FranceDale Coyne RacingDale Coyne RacingHonda
19Ed Jones (R)Dubai, United Arab EmiratesBoy Scouts of AmericaDale Coyne RacingHonda
20Spencer PigotOrlando, Florida, USAFuzzy’s VodkaEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet
21J.R. HildebrandSausalito, California, USAFuzzy’s VodkaEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet
26Takuma SatoTokyo, JapanAndretti AutosportAndretti AutosportHonda
27Marco AndrettiNazareth, Pennsylvania, USAhhgreggAndretti AutosportHonda
28Ryan Hunter-ReayFort Lauderdale, Florida, USADHLAndretti AutosportHonda
83Charlie KimballCamarillo, California, USATresibaChip Ganassi RacingHonda
98Alexander RossiNevada City, California, USANAPA Auto Parts / CurbAndretti AutosportHonda
— Entry List: PDF

Weather Forecast

2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weather forecast by Racecast Weather updated on March 7, 2017
Provided by Racecast Weather

Track Facts

Track TypeTemporary street circuit
Length1.8 miles
Race Distance110 laps (198 miles)
Number of Turns14
Track Map
Track map of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
RestartsSingle file
Event Twitter Account & Hashtag@GPSTPETE, #FirestoneGP


Last Five Wins— 2016: Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske
— 2015: Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske
— 2014: Will Power, Team Penske
— 2013: James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport
— 2012: Helio Castroneves, Team Penske
Last Five Poles— 2016: Will Power, Team Penske (1:00.2450)
— 2015: Will Power, Team Penske (1:00.6931)
— 2014: Takuma Sato, A. J. Foyt Enterprises (1:01.8668)
— 2013: Will Power, Team Penske (1:01.2070)
— 2012: Will Power, Team Penske (1:01.3721)
Qualifying Lap Record1:00.0658 (Will Power of Team Penske on March 12, 2016)

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