At last, the Verizon IndyCar Series is set to kick off the much anticipated 2014 season. The series looks to build on the momentum it built in 2013, which saw Tony Kanaan win his first Indianapolis 500, and Scott Dixon claim his third series championship. We witnessed the rise of young stars like James Hinchcliffe, Simon Pagenaud, and Josef Newgarden, and another epic Penske/Ganassi battle. Marco Andretti and Justin Wilson had fantastic seasons, and those that didn’t will look to turn it around this weekend.
While the off-season was dreadfully long, it has finally come to an end. Since the last race in Fontana, we’ve seen Dario Franchitti retire, Kanaan take his place, Juan Montoya and Ryan Briscoe return, team/engine manufacturer changes, and the announcement of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. There were many other things, which you can catch up on here. For now though, the focus is on the streets of St Petersburg.
The first practice session for the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season is scheduled for Friday, at 10 AM Eastern Time. There will be another 45-minute practice session in the afternoon, at 2 PM. Saturday morning will provide another practice for teams and drivers, before qualifying, which takes place later in the day. Paul Page and IndyCar Radio will provide coverage for all of the on-track activity during the weekend.
Qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg will begin on Saturday at 2 PM. There will be a 30-minute warm up session on Sunday at 9:45 AM. The drivers meeting, which will be streamed on IndyCar 14, starts at 2 PM and the ABC broadcast begins at 3 PM. It will be nice to have cars on track this weekend, and to have an actual race. Finally.