Mar 27, 2013
Some numbers to note from the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the season-opening event of the 19-race IZOD IndyCar Series season.
1 - IZOD IndyCar Series win for James Hinchcliffe.
2 - Previous Honda Grand Prix of St. Peterburg winners that have gone on to win the IZOD IndyCar Series championship: Dan Wheldon in 2005 and Dario Franchitti 2011. … Wins at St. Petersburg by Andretti Autosport.
3 - Races won by Pro Mazda Championship points leaders Matthew Brabham and Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship points leader Scott Hargrove in 2013 after both drivers swept.
4 - Consecutive Firestone Indy Lights races won by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports at St. Petersburg after Jack Hawksworth took the victory March 23. The previous three St. Pete winners (J.K. Vernay, Josef Newgarden and Tristan Vautier) all went on to win the series title.
7 - Teams represented in the top 10 of the series standings. … Drivers who have won the season-opening race and also won the IZOD IndyCar Series title: Buzz Calkins (1996), Sam Hornish Jr. (2001 and 2002), Scott Dixon (2003 and 2008), Dan Wheldon (2005) and Dario Franchitti (2011).
8 - Drivers who have won their Firestone Indy Light debut, including St. Petersburg 100 race winner Hawksworth.
15 - Positions improved by Scott Dixon and E.J. Viso, the most positions gained by any driver. Dixon and Viso both finished in the top 10.
30 - Helio Castroneves tied A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Jr. and Bobby Unser for fifth on the all-time list for second-place finishes.
197 - Consecutive Indy car starts for Tony Kanaan dating to the 2001 CART race in Portland. Kanaan is second to Jimmy Vasser's 211 starts.