Helio Castroneves wins St. Pete

Reviewing the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, with a look toward 2013, too. Today it's the first two races:

Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – March 25 on streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Helio Castroneves ended a winless drought of more than a year by winning the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for the third time.

Castroneves, driving the No. 3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske Chevrolet, passed Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon for second place on the outside of Turn 1 on Lap 73 and went on to score the 26th win of his Indy car career.

Dixon finished second in his Honda-powered car, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport in a Chevrolet-powered car. James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Briscoe rounded out the top five.

It was an emotional day for Castroneves, who dedicated his win to the late Dan Wheldon. After taking the checkered flag, Castroneves stopped his car at Turn 10 and honored Wheldon, who called St. Petersburg home, by climbing the fence and patting the "Dan Wheldon Way" sign located there.

Watch the complete race: CLICK HERE
Box score: CLICK HERE
2013 date: March 22-24
Tickets and info: http://www.gpstpete.com/

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – April 1 at Barber Motorsports Park

Will Power held off Scott Dixon on a restart with 16 laps left to win the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama for the second year in a row.

Dixon, who was 3.3709 seconds behind in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, has the distinction of being the race runner-up all three years (twice to Power and in the inaugural race to Helio Castroneves). He broke a tie with teammate Dario Franchitti with 27 second-place finishes on the all-time list and is one behind Castroneves.

Castroneves, the pole sitter, finished third to maintain the points lead in the young season and continue his resurgence after a disappointing 2011 season. He held off Graham Rahal in the No. 38 Service Chip Ganassi Racing car by 0.2245 of a second.

Simon Pagenaud finished fifth and James Hinchcliffe was sixth after starting on the front row for the first time in his IZOD IndyCar Series career. Mike Conway, who provided A.J. Foyt Racing its best non-oval starting position (fourth) since 2007, finished seventh.

Watch the complete race: CLICK HERE
Box score: CLICK HERE
2013 date: April 5-7
Tickets and info: http://barbermotorsports.com/park/