Honda GP of St Petersburg

Fin Driver Sponsor / Owner Laps Status Led Pts
1    Will Power Verizon   (Roger Penske) 100 running 50 53
2    Justin Wilson Z-Line Designs   (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) 100 running 0 40
3    Ryan Briscoe Team Penske   (Roger Penske) 100 running 9 35
4    Helio Castroneves Team Penske   (Roger Penske) 100 running 0 32
5    Dario Franchitti Cottonelle   (Chip Ganassi) 100 running 3 30
6    Alex Tagliani Bowers & Wilkins   (FAZZT Race Team) 100 running 0 28
7    Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com   (Andretti Autosport) 100 running 0 26
8    Raphael Matos HP   (De Ferran-Luczo-Dragon Racing) 100 running 3 24
9    Graham Rahal Dollar General   (Sarah Fisher) 100 running 0 22
10    Tony Kanaan 7-Eleven   (Andretti Autosport) 100 running 0 20
11    Ryan Hunter-Reay IZOD   (Andretti Autosport) 100 running 0 19
12    Marco Andretti Venom Energy   (Andretti Autosport) 100 running 1 18
13    Mario Romancini H2GO Ronn Motors   (Eric Bachelart) 100 running 0 17
14    Hideki Mutoh Formula Dream / Panasonic   (Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing) 100 running 0 16
15    Vitor Meira ABC Supply Co.   (A.J. Foyt) 100 running 12 15
16    Simona de Silvestro Stargate Worlds   (Keith Wiggins) 99 running 0 14
17    E.J. Viso PDVSA / Jet Aviation   (KV Racing Technology) 97 running 1 13
18    Scott Dixon Target   (Chip Ganassi) 73 crash 21 12
19    Mike Conway Dad’s Root Beer   (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) 64 crash 0 12
20    Dan Wheldon National Guard   (Panther Racing) 46 crash 0 12
21    Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 45 crash 0 12
22    Takuma Sato Lotus   (KV Racing Technology) 24 crash 0 12
23    Alex Lloyd Boy Scouts of America   (Dale Coyne) 14 crash 0 12
24    Milka Duno CITGO   (Dale Coyne) 7 handling 0 12

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, 18th): “The car was fantastic. I had a mistake hitting Sato there (early in race). We clawed our way back. I just cut the inside wall at (Turn) 9, and it threw me into the exit there. Just two mistakes on my part.” (About ramifications of early exit on championship points): “What do you do? It’s so tight now. The competition is so tough. I’ll have to try to get some points at Birmingham. Great weekend and glad so many fans came back today. Tough luck, and we’ll be back at Barber.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske, fourth): “It was an awesome day for Team Penske. Fortunately, the team looks strong, and we are on the right track. With Will winning two in row, it shows how talented he is. It was a great effort for the whole entire team. Hopefully, in Barber, we will have a similar effort and result.”

ALEX LLOYD (No. 19 Boy Scouts of America, 23rd): “The track’s OK. It was a little slippery, but it picked up grip quickly. I don’t know, the left front went during the warm-up. I radioed in and said the left front is just gone. I don’t know what happened.”

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Cottonelle, fifth): “I had such a good start but made a bit of a mistake on the first lap. The car was quick enough to win this thing. We got a flat later in the race and had to come in. Between the flat tire and me screwing up, it’s not a bad day to finish fifth.”

VITOR MEIRA (No. 14 ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing, 15th): “We looked good for a while, until the last stop. The strategy? Now it was wrong, and I was a part of it, but in order to win when you start that far back, you’ve got to risk it. We didn’t finish good, but we raced all day long and put ourselves into position to win. We needed to be lucky, so it didn’t happen. We rolled the dice, and it wasn’t our turn. One day it will be.”

MARIO ROMANCINI (No. 34 H2GO Ronn Motors, 13th): “I am really happy with how we finished the race today. We weren’t sure how wet the track conditions would be, so we decided to run a medium setup. We had to start the race on slicks, making it a bit more difficult for me, but I stayed out of trouble and finished the race, which was most important for me.”

HIDEKI MUTOH (No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic, 14th): “I was very patient at the beginning of the race and trying to just stay on the track because the conditions were pretty tricky. Everybody went on a different strategy, and after the pit stop we made it up to second position, which was pretty good. Just Briscoe was in front of me, and I was able to keep Helio behind me. We were in a good position after our second stop, too, and were third of those that had pit, but many had stayed out. When we were about to pit for our third stop, the yellow came out. When I pitted, I had a clutch issue and I stalled my engine and I dropped back many positions. After that I passed a couple of cars, but this track is hard to overtake on. Had the yellow not come out and I had not stalled the car, we would have been somewhere around eighth after others pit. The Formula Dream/Panasonic car was very good on primary tires. We struggled a little bit on the alternate red tires, so we need to think about how to improve on those. I’m very disappointed in the pit stop; that was totally my fault.”

DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Team GoDaddy.com, seventh): “What a great finish for the GoDaddy car this weekend. It was a challenging race, but we held on to the very end. The guys did a great job in the pits, and they made all the right calls. We will definitely use this momentum heading into Barber in a couple of weeks.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven, 10th): “I don’t really know what happened when Marco and I got together. He slowed down in front of me, and I hit him. I don’t know what caused all that, so we’ll have to sort it out. Overall, we just didn’t have a good day at all as a team. And, nowadays you just can’t afford any mistakes. The series is too competitive too afford that.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 37 Team IZOD, 11th): “It was a really tough day for the IZOD team. Our strategy just didn’t pay off for us at all. We weren’t really able to pass that much on track. At one point, we got hit from behind, and I thought we had a cut tire. In the process of being a little conservative, a couple cars got by. But we lost most of our track position when Graham and Simona got together and a bunch of cars got by on the inside. It just wasn’t our day.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team Venom Energy, 12th): “The Venom car started the race really strong, but then unfortunately we caught a cut tire. Track position is really important here and we had great position, but the cut tire caused us to lose that. That was really the turning point for us, but at the same time I can’t say we had the best-handling car on the track. We were looking good for a while. Things just didn’t go our way.”

RAPHAEL MATOS (No. 2 HP Luczo Dragon, eighth): “After starting 23rd, this was a great day for us. The crew did a great job with the pit stops, I got more experience under my belt, and we collected a lot of points in the championship. I believe we have the best crew in the paddock. I trust them completely, and I knew they would put me in the front. We were able to turn our situation around and had a very competitive car. Now we’re looking forward to the next one.”

E.J. VISO (No. 8 PDVSA-Jet Aviation-KVRT, 17th): “What a shame for the PDVSA-KV Racing Technology team because we ran well all weekend. We definitely had the speed, pace and a good strategy in today’s race. I was leading the race until a shifting mechanism failed. This is the tough part of racing: One second you have everything, and the next it is taken away from you. We just need to keep our spirits up and work hard for a better race at Barber.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 5 Lotus-KV Racing Technology, 22nd): “I was disappointed not to finish today. I enjoyed the start of race. The conditions were very tricky, but I was able to improve a few positions, which was a great feeling. During the early part of the race, I was able to battle and make some more positions. Then I was struggling with the balance and wanted to pit, but we were trying to stretch to the fuel window. Unfortunately, while I was struggling I was trying to defend my position when I hit the wall. I have learned a lot about the car these first two races, but I still have some things to learn about this series. I am confident it will come soon.”

MARIO MORAES (No. 32 KV Racing Technology, 21st): “The race was going well until I got hit from behind by first Dixon and then by Wheldon. It’s a shame for the KV Racing Technology team because the crew worked really hard all weekend, and the car was handling well. To end it like this is not a great feeling.”

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