Race Report: 2022 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

2022 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg logo

Streets of St. Petersburg
Feb. 27, 2022

Use the tabs or menu above to view session results, schedule, entrant facts, weather forecast, track facts and history.

Race Top Five

RankDriverCar No.Laps LedPoints
1Scott McLaughlin34954
2Alex Palou10141
3Will Power12136
4Colton Herta26-32
5Romain Grosjean28-30

View the Results tab for full results.

Post Race

Box ScoreView PDF
Event SummaryView PDF
Leader Lap SummaryView PDF
Pit Stop SummaryView PDF
Top Section TimesView PDF
Section ResultsView PDF

Sessions

Results

Race

RankDriverCar No.StartLapsTotal TimeLaps LedStatusPointsAvg. SpeedPit Stops
1Scott McLaughlin3110001:51:27.346649Running5496.8992
2Alex Palou101010001:51:27.85611Running4196.8922
3Will Power12210001:51:29.81371Running3696.8642
4Colton Herta26310001:51:43.1908-Running3296.6702
5Romain Grosjean28510001:51:45.7991-Running3096.6332
6Rinus VeeKay21410001:51:47.998013Running2996.6012
7Graham Rahal151110001:51:48.7647-Running2696.5902
8Scott Dixon9710001:51:49.374326Running2596.5813
9Marcus Ericsson8810001:51:49.7140-Running2296.5762
10Takuma Sato512210001:51:50.6209-Running2096.5632
11Christian Lundgaard301510001:51:51.7710-Running1996.5472
12Pato O'Ward51610001:51:53.6216-Running1896.5203
13Jack Harvey452310001:51:59.0153-Running1796.4433
14Helio Castroneves61710001:52:00.9451-Running1696.4153
15Simon Pagenaud60610001:52:01.5613-Running1596.4063
16Josef Newgarden2910001:52:03.6069-Running1496.3773
17Felix Rosenqvist72110001:52:06.3827-Running1396.3373
18Kyle Kirkwood141210001:52:25.4706-Running1296.0643
19Callum Ilott771910001:52:26.0689-Running1196.0563
20Alexander Rossi271310001:52:26.510010Running1196.0502
21Conor Daly202010001:52:27.4824-Running996.0363
22Devlin DeFrancesco291810001:52:30.2079-Running895.9973
23Jimmie Johnson48269901:51:41.0087-Running795.7352
24Tatiana Calderon11259701:51:33.3688-Running693.9084
25Dalton Kellett4146201:27:32.7662-Mechanical576.4853
26David Malukas18242300:25:12.1770-Contact598.5601
— Race: Results (PDF) | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • The 2022 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was 100 laps on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street circuit totaling 180 laps.
  • The pit road speed was 50 mph and the race started the third time by the start-line flag stand with pole sitter Scott McLaughlin gridded drivers' left.
  • The fuel window was 19–40 laps under green-flag conditions, depending on the pit strategy.
  • All cars but those of Will Power, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi, Christian Lundgaard, Conor Daly, Takuma Sato, Tatiana Calderon and Jimmie Johnson started on alternate red-sidewalled Firestone tires.
  • Just before the green flag, the ambient temperature in St. Petersburg was 78 degrees with sunny skies. The track temperature was 114 degrees according to Firestone engineers.
  • The command to start engines was given by Kevin Welch, mayor St. Petersburg. All cars fired and rolled onto the track.
  • The race featured one yellow flag and one penalty:
    • On Lap 25, the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda of David Malukas made contact with the barrier in Turn 3. The car came to rest in the middle of the track. The race returned to green on Lap 33 with the full-course caution period extended due to track repairs at the exit of Turn 3.
    • During put pit stops under caution, contact at pit exit led to a penalty issued to Marcus Ericsson. The driver of the No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda was forced to restart from the rear of the field.
  • McLaughlin led 49 laps in the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet en route to the driver's first NTT IndyCar Series victory. It marked the 223rd win for Team Penske in INDYCAR competition.
  • Next up for the series is the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway on March 20, 2022.

Warm-Up

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Colton Herta2601:00.328317107.41219--.------.----
2Josef Newgarden201:00.59717106.936210.26880.2688
3Alex Palou1001:00.83118106.524180.50280.2340
4Callum Ilott7701:01.093614106.067210.76530.2625
5Scott Dixon901:01.18799105.903160.85960.0943
6Scott McLaughlin301:01.19529105.891200.86690.0073
7Marcus Ericsson801:01.206610105.871170.87830.0114
8Felix Rosenqvist701:01.28349105.738180.95510.0768
9Kyle Kirkwood1401:01.33478105.650161.00640.0513
10Takuma Sato5101:01.359516105.607201.03120.0248
11Rinus VeeKay2101:01.479511105.401171.15120.1200
12Graham Rahal1501:01.522515105.327231.19420.0430
13Will Power1201:01.547915105.284221.21960.0254
14Jack Harvey4501:01.572611105.242201.24430.0247
15Devlin DeFrancesco2901:01.66177105.090201.33340.0891
16David Malukas1801:01.725010104.982211.39670.0633
17Conor Daly2001:01.80507104.846171.47670.0800
18Simon Pagenaud6001:01.96418104.577171.63580.1591
19Pato O'Ward501:01.97118104.565191.64280.0070
20Dalton Kellett401:01.97549104.558201.64710.0043
21Romain Grosjean2801:01.98879104.535181.66040.0133
22Alexander Rossi2701:02.23415104.123191.90580.2454
23Christian Lundgaard3001:02.24518104.105191.91680.0110
24Jimmie Johnson4801:02.531810103.627172.20350.2867
25Tatiana Calderon1101:03.31987102.338192.99150.7880
26Helio Castroneves601:03.46496102.104193.13660.1451
— Warm-up: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • The 30-minute morning warm-up session — sometimes known as final practice — got underway at 8:45 a.m. EST on the streets of St. Petersburg.
  • Serving as a final chance to prep for 100 laps of racing, warm-up was punctuated by two brief red flags:
    • Twenty minutes into the session, Jimmie Johnson spun the No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda in Turn 10 and stopped on course.
    • With two minutes left on the clock and after a close call with Romain Grosjean, the No. 06 Meyer Shank Racing Honda of Helio Castroneves spun in Turn 4 and stopped on course.
  • A quick recovery from the final red flag allowed INDYCAR to show the green flag just before the clock ran out, allowing drivers on final lap to close out the session.
  • Colton Herta, who won the 2021 edition of the race from pole, was fastest with a 1:00.3283.

Qualifying

Firestone Fast Six
RankDriverCar No.Best TimeBest SpeedBest LapTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Scott McLaughlin300:59.4821108.94033--.------.----
2Will Power1200:59.6058108.714440.12370.1237
3Colton Herta2600:59.7104108.524340.22830.1046
4Rinus VeeKay2100:59.8102108.343340.32810.0998
5Romain Grosjean2800:59.8116108.340340.32950.0014
6Simon Pagenaud6001:00.2041107.634230.72200.3925
— Firestone Fast Six: Results (PDF) | Overall Results (PDF) | Back to session list

Session Notes:

  • Five minutes before the start of qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the ambient temperature was 78 degrees and the track temperature was 114 degrees according to Firestone engineers.
  • All three rounds of qualifying ran without serious incidents.
  • The first two rounds featured new track records in succession, displacing the previous track record of 1:00.0476 set by Jordan King of Ed Carpenter Racing on March 10, 2018:
    • In Group 1 qualifying, Colton Herta turned a 59.4662 in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda.
    • Will Power surpassed Herta's mark with a 59.3929 in the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet during Group 2 qualifying.
    • Power beat his own record with a 59.3466 in Round 2.
  • While there were no red flags during knockout qualifying, a penalty was issued to David Malukas who was judged to have interfered with Jimmie Johnson during Group 2 qualifying. Malukas was penalized his two fastest laps and the ability to advance.
  • In the Firestone Fast Six, Scott McLaughlin edged out both his teammate Power and former record holder Herta with a 59.4821-second lap, securing the driver of the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet his first NTT IndyCar Series pole position.

Round 2
RankDriverCar No.Best TimeBest SpeedBest LapTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Will Power1200:59.3466109.18977--.------.----
2Colton Herta2600:59.4051109.082560.05850.0585
3Scott McLaughlin300:59.5157108.879670.16910.1106
4Romain Grosjean2800:59.5559108.805560.20930.0402
5Simon Pagenaud6000:59.5881108.747670.24150.0322
6Rinus VeeKay2100:59.6232108.683780.27660.0351
7Scott Dixon900:59.7579108.438670.41130.1347
8Marcus Ericsson800:59.8241108.318780.47750.0662
9Josef Newgarden200:59.8862108.205670.53960.0621
10Alex Palou1000:59.9584108.075670.61180.0722
11Graham Rahal1500:59.9870108.023780.64040.0286
12Kyle Kirkwood1401:00.2616107.531660.91500.2746
— Round 2: Results (PDF) | Back to session list

Round 1 Group 2
RankDriverCar No.Best TimeBest SpeedBest LapTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Will Power1200:59.3929109.10466--.------.----
2Scott McLaughlin300:59.5846108.753660.19170.1917
3Romain Grosjean2800:59.6267108.676560.23380.0421
4Simon Pagenaud6000:59.7039108.536670.31100.0772
5Marcus Ericsson800:59.8815108.214780.48860.1776
6Alex Palou1000:59.8956108.188690.50270.0141
7Dalton Kellett400:59.9521108.086580.55920.0565
8Pato O'Ward501:00.0021107.996660.60920.0500
9Devlin DeFrancesco2901:00.0850107.847780.69210.0829
10Conor Daly2001:00.1921107.655780.79920.1071
11Takuma Sato5101:00.2930107.475580.90010.1009
12David Malukas1801:00.4601107.178881.06720.1671
13Jimmie Johnson4801:01.0273106.182881.63440.5672
— Round 1 Group 2: Results (PDF) | Back to session list

Round 1 Group 1
RankDriverCar No.Best TimeBest SpeedBest LapTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Colton Herta2600:59.4662108.96967--.------.----
2Graham Rahal1500:59.7760108.405880.30980.3098
3Rinus VeeKay2100:59.8046108.353780.33840.0286
4Scott Dixon900:59.8106108.342780.34440.0060
5Kyle Kirkwood1400:59.8534108.265670.38720.0428
6Josef Newgarden200:59.9148108.154780.44860.0614
7Alexander Rossi2700:59.9931108.012570.52690.0783
8Christian Lundgaard3001:00.0276107.950670.56140.0345
9Helio Castroneves601:00.1426107.744580.67640.1150
10Callum Ilott7701:00.2121107.620560.74590.0695
11Felix Rosenqvist701:00.3918107.299670.92560.1797
12Jack Harvey4501:00.5333107.049571.06710.1415
13Tatiana Calderon1101:00.9391106.336681.47290.4058
— Round 1 Group 1: Results (PDF) | Back to session list

Practice 2

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Scott McLaughlin300:59.734218108.48121--.------.----
2Colton Herta2601:00.085119107.847230.35090.3509
3Simon Pagenaud6001:00.085314107.847170.35110.0002
4Alexander Rossi2701:00.107516107.807190.37330.0222
5Will Power1201:00.160015107.713200.42580.0525
6Rinus VeeKay2101:00.210413107.623140.47620.0504
7Alex Palou1001:00.236422107.576220.50220.0260
8Kyle Kirkwood1401:00.240216107.569180.50600.0038
9Pato O'Ward501:00.333316107.403190.59910.0931
10Felix Rosenqvist701:00.376315107.327180.64210.0430
11Conor Daly2001:00.382017107.317200.64780.0057
12Helio Castroneves601:00.386012107.310140.65180.0040
13Marcus Ericsson801:00.391016107.301200.65680.0050
14Josef Newgarden201:00.391919107.299220.65770.0009
15Devlin DeFrancesco2901:00.439016107.216200.70480.0471
16Christian Lundgaard3001:00.458717107.181200.72450.0197
17David Malukas1801:00.487215107.130170.75300.0285
18Callum Ilott7701:00.603615106.924160.86940.1164
19Romain Grosjean2801:00.75467106.659121.02040.1510
20Scott Dixon901:00.797017106.584171.06280.0424
21Dalton Kellett401:00.820315106.543181.08610.0233
22Graham Rahal1501:01.32876105.660191.59450.5084
23Takuma Sato5101:01.35914105.608121.62490.0304
24Jack Harvey4501:01.36505105.598101.63080.0059
25Jimmie Johnson4801:01.88486104.711142.15060.5198
26Tatiana Calderon1101:02.132717104.293192.39850.2479
— Practice 2: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • The second practice of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend was, like Practice 1, just 45 minutes in duration. Unlike the opening session, Practice 2 was slowed by three red flags.
  • At the 17-minute mark, Jack Harvey brushed the wall at the apex of Turn 9, hurtling the No. 45 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda into the wall at the exit of the turn resulting in hard contact. Harvey was able to exit his race car without assistance from the safety team.
  • Sixteen minutes after the first incident, Romain Grosjean's No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda made hard contact with the rear of the No. 51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda of Takuma Sato in Turn 10. In a separate incident, Jimmie Johnson spun in Turn 8 with the No. 48 Chip Ganassi Honda making light contact with the wall. Both incidents necessitated a red flag.
  • With six minutes to go, the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Alex Palou experienced a crash similar to that of Harvey with hard contact into the wall at the exit of Turn 9.
  • Following the final red flag, the session resumed with less than two minutes of time remaining on the clock.
  • Scott McLaughlin turned the fastest lap of the session in the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet. The 59.7342 was quicker than the established qualifying track record, a 1:00.0476 set by Jordan King of Ed Carpenter Racing on March 10, 2018.
  • The top 18 lap times, from McLaughlin to Callum Ilott, were separated by less than 0.9 seconds while 2.4 seconds covered the field of 26 drivers.

Practice 1

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Romain Grosjean2801:01.05255106.13814--.------.----
2Colton Herta2601:01.15678105.957190.10420.1042
3Will Power1201:01.22828105.834180.17570.0715
4Simon Pagenaud6001:01.324912105.667180.27240.0967
5Graham Rahal1501:01.36836105.592130.31580.0434
6Alexander Rossi2701:01.45708105.440170.40450.0887
7Jack Harvey4501:01.49038105.382160.43780.0333
8Scott McLaughlin301:01.53549105.305180.48290.0451
9Rinus VeeKay2101:01.552216105.276170.49970.0168
10David Malukas1801:01.588922105.214220.53640.0367
11Helio Castroneves601:01.60866105.180180.55610.0197
12Kyle Kirkwood1401:01.617722105.165220.56520.0091
13Devlin DeFrancesco2901:01.663214105.087210.61070.0455
14Josef Newgarden201:01.690318105.041180.63780.0271
15Marcus Ericsson801:01.692218105.038180.63970.0019
16Felix Rosenqvist701:01.72678104.979140.67420.0345
17Alex Palou1001:01.726711104.979170.67420.0000
18Takuma Sato5101:01.761713104.919170.70920.0350
19Scott Dixon901:01.77477104.897180.72220.0130
20Pato O'Ward501:01.82976104.804140.77720.0550
21Conor Daly2001:02.038211104.452190.98570.2085
22Callum Ilott7701:02.157821104.251231.10530.1196
23Dalton Kellett401:02.244812104.105231.19230.0870
24Jimmie Johnson4801:02.42468103.805131.37210.1798
25Christian Lundgaard3001:02.52469103.639221.47210.1000
26Tatiana Calderon1101:03.717322101.699222.66481.1927
— Practice 1: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • The 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season began with a 45-minute practice on the streets of St. Petersburg, the first session of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg race weekend. Practice 2 and qualifying follow on Saturday, Feb. 26 with morning warm-up and the 100-lap race set to take place on Sunday, Feb. 27.
  • Practice was free of incidents until the the 37-minute mark, when the No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Jimmie Johnson stopped in the Turn 10 runoff and was unable to resume, bringing out the session's only red flag. Johnson was penalized five minutes of practice time for causing a red flag.
  • Romain Grosjean and the No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda topped the timesheet for much of the session, and the driver's 1:01.0525 remained the fastest lap at the checkered flag.
  • Six rookies — Tatiana Calderon, Kyle Kirkwood, David Malukas, Devlin DeFrancesco, Christian Lundgaard and Callum Ilott — are competing in this weekend's season opener. Of the group, Malukas was fastest with a 1:01.5889 which ranked him 10th out of 26 drivers.
  • The top 21, from Grosjean to Pato O'Ward, were separated by less than 0.8 seconds.

Green Flag12:30 p.m. EST *
Drivers Start Your Engines12:23 p.m.
Race BroadcastNoon on NBC, Peacock Premium and Telemundo
Qualifying12:30 p.m. Saturday
Practice Sessions3:40–4:25 p.m. Friday
9–9:45 a.m. Saturday
8:45–9:15 a.m. Sunday (warm-up)
Full Weekend ScheduleView PDF
Live Timing and ScoringINDYCAR Race Control and INDYCAR Mobile app (iOS, Android).
Radio BroadcastINDYCAR Radio Network, SiriusXM 160, IndyCar.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app (iOS, Android).
Video StreamingAll NTT IndyCar Series practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on Peacock Premium, NBC’s direct-to-consumer livestreaming product.
* All times are in Eastern Standard Time. View the green-flag time in all time zones.

Starting LineupView Table
Qualifications GroupsView PDF
Entry ListView Table
Spotter GuideView Web | View PDF
Pit AssignmentsView PDF
Push-to-Pass Parameters150 seconds of total time with a maximum single duration of 15 seconds. The push-to-pass is not available on the initial start or any restart unless it occurs in the final two laps or three minutes of a timed race.
Tires Available per EntrySix sets primary, four sets alternate. One additional set is available to rookie drivers for use in the Friday afternoon practice session.

Starting Lineup

SPCar No.DriverEngineTire
13Scott McLaughlinChevroletAlternate
212Will PowerChevroletPrimary
326Colton HertaHondaAlternate
421Rinus VeeKayChevroletAlternate
528Romain GrosjeanHondaAlternate
660Simon PagenaudHondaAlternate
79Scott DixonHondaAlternate
88Marcus EricssonHondaAlternate
92Josef NewgardenChevroletAlternate
1010Alex PalouHondaAlternate
1115Graham RahalHondaPrimary
1214Kyle Kirkwood (R)ChevroletAlternate
1327Alexander RossiHondaPrimary
144Dalton KellettChevroletAlternate
1530Christian Lundgaard (R)HondaPrimary
165Pato O'WardChevroletAlternate
1706Helio CastronevesHondaAlternate
1829Devlin DeFrancesco (R)HondaAlternate
1977Callum Ilott (R)ChevroletAlternate
2020Conor DalyChevroletPrimary
217Felix RosenqvistChevroletAlternate
2251Takuma SatoHondaPrimary
2345Jack HarveyHondaAlternate
2418David Malukas (R)HondaAlternate
2511Tatiana Calderon (R)ChevroletPrimary
2648Jimmie JohnsonHondaPrimary
(R) Rookie
— Starting Lineup: PDF

Entry List

Car No.DriverHometownSponsorTeamEngine
2Josef NewgardenNashville, Tennessee, USAHitachiTeam PenskeChevrolet
3Scott McLaughlinChristchurch, New ZealandDEX ImagingTeam PenskeChevrolet
4Dalton KellettStouffville, CanadaK-LineAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
5Pato O'WardMonterrey, MexicoArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SPChevrolet
06Helio CastronevesSao Paulo, BrazilAutoNation / SiriusXMMeyer Shank RacingHonda
7Felix RosenqvistVärnamo, SwedenVuse Arrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SPChevrolet
8Marcus EricssonKumla, SwedenHuski ChocolateChip Ganassi RacingHonda
9Scott DixonAuckland, New ZealandPNC BankChip Ganassi RacingHonda
10Alex PalouBarcelona, SpainNTT DataChip Ganassi RacingHonda
11Tatiana Calderon (R)Bogota, ColombiaROKiTAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
12Will PowerToowoomba, AustraliaVerizonTeam PenskeChevrolet
14Kyle Kirkwood (R)Jupiter, Florida, USAROKiTAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
15Graham RahalNew Albany, Ohio, USAUnited RentalsRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
18David Malukas (R)Chicago, Illinois, USAHMDDale Coyne Racing with HMDHonda
20Conor DalyNoblesville, Indiana, USABitNileEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet
21Rinus VeeKayHoofddorp, NetherlandsSonaxEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet
26Colton HertaValencia, California, USAGainbridgeAndretti AutosportHonda
27Alexander RossiNevada City, California, USANAPA Auto Parts / AutoNationAndretti AutosportHonda
28Romain GrosjeanGeneva, SwitzerlandDHLAndretti AutosportHonda
29Devlin DeFrancesco (R)Toronto, CanadaPowerTapAndretti AutosportHonda
30Christian Lundgaard (R)Hedensted, DenmarkShield CleanersRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
45Jack HarveyBassingham, EnglandHy-VeeRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
48Jimmie JohnsonEl Cajon, California, USACarvanaChip Ganassi RacingHonda
51Takuma SatoTokyo, JapanNurtec ODTDale Coyne Racing with RWRHonda
60Simon PagenaudMontmorillon, FranceAutoNation / SiriusXMMeyer Shank RacingHonda
77Callum Ilott (R)Cambridge, EnglandJuncos Hollinger RacingJuncos Hollinger RacingChevrolet
(R) — Denotes Rookie of the Year candidate
— Entry List: PDF

ST. PETERSBURG WEATHER

Track TypeTemporary street circuit
Length1.8 miles
Race Distance100 laps (180 miles)
Number of Turns14
DirectionClockwise
Track Map
2022 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg track map
Credit: INDYCAR
Event Twitter Account & Hashtag@GPSTPETE, #FirestoneGP

Past Driver Performance IndexView PDF
Last Five Wins— 2021: Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport
— 2020: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske
— 2019: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske
— 2018: Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing
— 2017: Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing
Last Five Poles— 2021: Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport (1:00:3210)
— 2020: Will Power, Team Penske (1:01.0369)
— 2019: Will Power, Team Penske (1:00.4594)
— 2018: Robert Wickens, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (1:01.6643)
— 2017: Will Power, Team Penske (1:01.0640)
Qualifying Lap Record1:00.0476 (Jordan King of Ed Carpenter Racing on March 10, 2018)

View Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

© 2022 TheApex.racing LLC