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2009 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was the opening round of the 2009 IndyCar Series on April 5, 2009. It was the first time in IndyCar Series history that the season begins on a road course and not an oval. The race saw 4 drivers make their debuts in the championship: Stanton Barrett, Mike Conway, Robert Doornbos and Raphael Matos. The race was contested over 100 laps of the 1.80 mile street course.

United States 2009 St. Petersburg
Race details
1st round of the 2009 IndyCar Series season
St. Petersburg street & airport racing circuit.svg
DateApril 5, 2009
Official nameHonda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
LocationStreets of St. Petersburg
CourseTemporary Street Circuit
1.800 mi / 2.897 km
Distance100 laps
180.000 mi / 289.682 km
Weather86°F, Sunny
Pole position
DriverGraham Rahal (N/H/L Racing)
Time1:02.4110
Fastest lap
DriverJustin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)
Time1:03.2440 (on lap 54 of 100)
Podium
FirstRyan Briscoe (Penske Racing)
SecondRyan Hunter-Reay (Vision Racing)
ThirdJustin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

Graham Rahal started from the pole but a poor start meant that he dropped back and out of contention for the victory. Defending champion Scott Dixon crashed out on lap 80, a poor start to his defence of the title, which left Penske's Ryan Briscoe to take the chequered flag from Ryan Hunter-Reay who finished 2nd and Justin Wilson who came home 3rd.

RaceEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 6   Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 100 2:12:26.8387 4 46 50
2 21   Ryan Hunter-Reay Vision Racing 100 + 0.4619 14 0 40
3 19   Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 100 + 0.9490 2 52 37
4 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 100 + 1.5230 5 0 32
5 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 100 + 2.3214 3 0 30
6 3   Will Power Team Penske 100 + 3.4622 6 0 28
7 02   Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 100 + 4.0672 1 0 27
8 23   Darren Manning Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 100 + 4.7283 10 0 24
9 14   Vitor Meira A. J. Foyt Enterprises 100 + 5.9559 17 0 22
10 34   Alex Tagliani Conquest Racing 99 + 1 Lap 7 0 20
11 06   Robert Doornbos (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 96 + 4 Laps 13 0 19
12 98   Stanton Barrett (R) Team 3G 96 + 4 Laps 21 0 18
13 26   Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 94 Contact 18 2 17
14 4   Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 86 Contact 11 0 16
15 27   Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 86 Contact 19 0 15
16 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 80 Contact 8 0 14
17 13   E. J. Viso HVM Racing 75 Mechanical 16 0 13
18 20   Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 71 Contact 22 0 12
19 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 31 Contact 15 0 12
20 2   Raphael Matos (R) Luczo-Dragon Racing 31 Contact 9 0 12
21 5   Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 31 Contact 20 0 12
22 24   Mike Conway (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1 Contact 12 0 12
  • The race exceeded road racing's traditional two-hour time limit. No reason was given for this.


Previous race:
2008 Nikon Indy 300
IndyCar Series
2009 season
Next race:
2009 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
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2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
2009 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Next race:
2010 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg