About the track
The 1.8-mile, 14-turn (5 lefts, 9 rights) circuit incorporates streets of downtown St. Petersburg and a section of runway of Albert Whitted Airport. After the long frontstretch, there's a tight right-hander into Turn 1 and then a quick left-hand turn. Plenty of drivers have gotten into trouble in these two turns over the years. There are two other long straights with heavy braking zones that afford opportunities to overtake.
1:00.0658 (107.882 MPH) - Will Power (2016)
1:01.8607 (104.751 MPH) - Helio Castroneves (2015)
2:04:32.4153 (95.351 MPH) - Sebastien Bourdais (2017, 110 Laps)
Helio Castroneves, who started fifth in the Chevrolet-powered No. 3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske car, led Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon across the finish line by 5.5292 seconds. Following the final round of pit stops, Castroneves overtook Dixon on the outside of Turn 1 for second place on Lap 72, and three laps later passed JR Hildebrand entering the sharp right-hand turn for the lead and kept Dixon at bay the remaining 25 laps.
"It's a terrific run," team owner Roger Penske said. "It's going to be a great season, and it's great to be back racing."
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