- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Inside The Race: St. Pete

Bayfront Park (1.8-mile temporary street circuit) St. Petersburg, Florida
Weather: Sunny, hot, windy, 86 degrees F

25 cars qualified for St. Pete with drivers hailing from 13 countries:

United States - 6 (Hildebrand, Patrick, Andretti, Hunter-Reay, Rahal, Kimball)
Brazil - 5 (Castroneves, Meira, Beatriz, Kanaan, Matos)
England - 3 (Jakes, Wilson, Conway)
Australia - 2 (Briscoe, Power)
Canada - 1 (Tagliani)
New Zealand - 1 (Dixon)
Japan - 1 (Sato)
Scotland - 1 (Franchitti)
Colombia - 1 (Saavedra)
Venezuela - 1 (Viso)
Switzerland - 1 (De Silvestro)
France -1 (Bourdais)
Spain -1 (Servia)

  • Drew a 1.4 television rating, the highest for the Series since Mid-Ohio in 2007 which followed the British Open.
  • 12 different teams in the top 13 finishing positions.
  • 12 cars finished on the lead lap.
  • 6 of the top 11 finishers did not have a teammate.
  • Highest finishing Rookie: 11th JR Hildebrand.
  • Franchitti's win, his 27th, ties Johnny Rutherford for 10th on the all-time win list.
  • Simona De Silvestro (4th) and Takuma Sato (5th) had their best IZOD IndyCar Series finishes.
  • Both of Dreyer and Reinbold Racing's drivers Justin Wilson and Ana Beatriz injured their wrists in separate incidents. Both will undergo further evaluation this week.

Average finishes for multiple car teams:
  • KV/Lotus - 9th
  • DRR - 12th
  • Penske - 13th
  • Ganassi - 14th
  • Andretti - 20th
Best movers:
  • De Silvestro +13
  • Hildebrand + 13
  • Saavedra + 12
Time of Race: 2:00:59:6886
Avg Speed: 89.26 mph
Margin of Victory: 7.1612 seconds
Fastest lap: 101.459 mph by car #3
Lead changes: 3
  1. Power laps 1-4
  2. Franchitti laps 5-70
  3. Power laps 71-72
  4. Franchitti laps 73-100
5 cautions for 13 laps:
1st caution - Lap 1 - Contact T1 - 3 laps - cars #02, #3, #6, #9, #26, & #27
  -Green - Lap 4 - Contact T5 - #38 into tires
  -Green- Lap 5 - Contact T1 - #7 (front wing damage) & #24 (tire damage)
2nd caution - Lap 6 - Spin T13 - 3 laps - car #59
  -Green - Lap 11 - Contact/Off course T8 - #02 (flat tire) #6 (front wing damage)
3rd caution - Lap 12 - Debris Turn 11/12 - 1 lap 
4th caution - Lap 14 - Contact Turn 1 - 2 laps - cars #22 &  #34
5th caution - Lap 39 - Contact Turn 3A - 4 laps - car #83 (left front damage)
  -Green - Lap 44 - Contact Turn 4 - cars #13 & #24 (contact)
  -Green - Lap 44 - Contact Turn 4 - cars #7  (front wing damage) & #22

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