Photos: 2019 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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Photographer Gannon Burgett joined The Apex’s writers Aaron Durant and Ben Hinc in picturesque St. Petersburg to capture the NTT IndyCar Series’ 2019 season opener.

Flawless weather ensured the area’s bold architecture and calm water were part of a stunning backdrop for the beginning of the next chapter of North American open-wheel racing as a field of 24 modern Indy cars took to a challenging temporary street circuit on the St. Pete streets.

On the strength of a unique tire strategy, Josef Newgarden dominated the 110-lap race to win his third street race and first in the United States. Pole sitter Will Power, reigning champion Scott Dixon and rookie Felix Rosenqvist were Newgarden’s closest challengers but failed to keep the American from collecting 53 championship points to kick off his 2019 campaign.

The IndyCar field will return to action at Circuit of The Americas for its debut race at the purpose-built Formula One venue. The INDYCAR Classic will take place March 22–24 at COTA.

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