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2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

The 2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was the first round of the 2016 IndyCar Series. The race was held on March 13, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida on the city's temporary street circuit. Team Penske driver Will Power qualified on pole for the race, but was diagnosed with a concussion shortly after the conclusion of the session and was forced to miss the race. Oriol Servià filled in place of Power.[1] Second place qualifier Simon Pagenaud inherited the pole position.

United States 2016 St. Petersburg
Race details
1st round of the 2016 IndyCar Series season
St. Petersburg street & airport racing circuit.svg
DateMarch 13, 2016
Official nameFirestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
LocationStreets of St. Petersburg
CourseTemporary street circuit
1.800 mi / 2.897 km
Distance110 laps
198.000 mi / 318.670 km
Pole position
DriverWill Power (Team Penske)
Time1:00.2450
Fastest lap
DriverJosef Newgarden (Ed Carpenter Racing)
Time1:02.2307 (on lap 42 of 110)
Podium
FirstJuan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske)
SecondSimon Pagenaud (Team Penske)
ThirdRyan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)

Simon Pagenaud led the opening 48 laps of the race before being passed by his teammate Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya would lead 44 laps en route to his second win in a row at St. Petersburg. Rookie driver Conor Daly also led 15 laps during the race due to pit strategy, but was shuffled outside the top 10 by the end of the race. Alexander Rossi was the highest finishing rookie in the race, coming across the line in 12th position. The race tied the record for fewest caution flags in a race at St. Petersburg with only two coming out over the whole of the race. The first came on lap 46 when Luca Filippi and Marco Andretti made contact in the first turn. The second came on the restart from the prior caution when Carlos Muñoz made contact with Graham Rahal in turn four, creating a logjam that completely blocked the race course.[2]

After the race, Will Power was reevaluated and deemed not to have a concussion, but instead to be suffering from a lingering ear infection.[3] Power would be cleared to race for the following round at Phoenix International Raceway.

Contents

ReportEdit

Key Meaning
R Rookie
W Past winner

QualifyingEdit

Pos No. Name Grp. Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
1 12   Will Power W 2 1:00.5678 1:00.0658 1:00.2450
2 22   Simon Pagenaud 2 1:00.6503 1:00.3805 1:00.4421
3 3   Hélio Castroneves W 2 1:00.7320 1:00.5168 1:00.4995
4 2   Juan Pablo Montoya W 2 1:00.7060 1:00.4431 1:00.5312
5 9   Scott Dixon 1 1:00.8921 1:00.2318 1:00.5395
6 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay 2 1:00.9830 1:00.5530 1:00.8803
7 15   Graham Rahal W 1 1:00.9578 1:00.5893
8 11   Sébastien Bourdais 1 1:01.1450 1:00.6711
9 5   James Hinchcliffe W 1 1:00.9973 1:00.6724
10 41   Jack Hawksworth 1 1:01.1322 1:00.7188
11 14   Takuma Sato 2 1:00.7920 1:00.9745
12 21   Josef Newgarden 1 1:01.0836 1:01.0571
13 26   Carlos Muñoz 1 1:01.1856
14 83   Charlie Kimball 2 1:01.0433
15 27   Marco Andretti 1 1:01.2417
16 19   Luca Filippi 2 1:01.1699
17 8   Max Chilton R 1 1:01.5372
18 7   Mikhail Aleshin 2 1:01.2934
19 98   Alexander Rossi R 1 1:01.5794
20 10   Tony Kanaan 2 1:01.3414
21 18   Conor Daly R 1 1:01.9385
22 16   Spencer Pigot R 2 1:01.3881
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

Source for Individual Rounds:[4]

Race ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Engine Laps Time/Retired Pit Stops Grid Laps Led Pts.1
1 2   Juan Pablo Montoya W Team Penske Chevrolet 110 2:13:28.4650 3 3 44 51
2 22   Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 110 +2.3306 3 1 48 43
3 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 110 +8.8764 3 5 3 36
4 3   Hélio Castroneves W Team Penske Chevrolet 110 +9.3237 3 2 32
5 7   Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 110 +9.7167 5 17 30
6 14   Takuma Sato A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 110 +26.0373 5 10 28
7 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 110 +40.7056 4 4 26
8 26   Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda 110 +55.9459 5 12 24
9 10   Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 110 +59.1204 4 19 22
10 83   Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 109 Contact 4 13 20
11 41   Jack Hawksworth A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 109 +1 Lap 7 9 19
12 98   Alexander Rossi R Andretti Herta Autosport Honda 109 +1 Lap 4 18 18
13 18   Conor Daly R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 109 +1 Lap 4 20 15 18
14 16   Spencer Pigot R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 109 +1 Lap 5 21 16
15 27   Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 109 +1 Lap 5 14 15
16 15   Graham Rahal W Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 109 +1 Lap 5 6 14
17 8   Max Chilton R Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 109 +1 Lap 4 16 13
18 12   Oriol Servià Team Penske Chevrolet 109 +1 Lap 4 22 12
19 5   James Hinchcliffe W Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 109 +1 Lap 7 8 11
20 19   Luca Filippi Dale Coyne Racing Honda 108 +2 Laps 6 15 10
21 11   Sébastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Chevrolet 87 Contact 4 7 9
22 21   Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 47 Electrical 8 11 8
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE
Notes

1 Points include 1 point for leading at least 1 lap during a race, an additional 2 points for leading the most race laps, and 1 point for Pole Position.

Source for time gaps:[5]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Power diagnosed with concussion; Servia replaces him for St. Pete race". IndyCar Series. INDYCAR. March 13, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Montoya repeats trip to St. Pete victory lane". IndyCar Series. INDYCAR. March 13, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "Thorough testing concludes Power does not have concussion". IndyCar Series. INDYCAR. March 16, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "Indycar: St. Petersburg Qualifying Results". Crash.net. St. Petersburg, Florida: Crash Media Group. March 12, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Malsher, David (March 13, 2016). "Montoya clinches second straight St. Petersburg win". Motorsport.com. St. Petersburg, Florida: Motorsport Network, LLC. Retrieved July 17, 2016.

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