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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Streets of St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg, FL
Streets of St. Petersburg
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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
10Mar
Race Complete
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On-Track Schedule

Mar8
Friday
Practice 1
10:45 - 11:30 AM
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Mar8
Friday
Practice 2
2:20 - 3:05 PM
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Mar9
Saturday
Practice 3
10:25 - 11:10 AM
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Mar9
Saturday
Qualifications - Round 1 Group 1
2:30 - 2:40 PM
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Mar9
Saturday
Qualifications - Round 1 Group 2
2:50 - 3:00 PM
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Mar9
Saturday
Qualifications - Round 2
3:10 - 3:20 PM
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Mar9
Saturday
Qualifications - Fast 6
3:30 - 3:45 PM
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Mar10
Sunday
Final Warmup
9:20 - 9:50 AM
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Mar10
Sunday
Race
1:30 - 4:00 PM
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Telecast Schedule

Mar8
Friday
Practice 1
10:45 - 11:30 AM
Mar8
Friday
Practice 2
2:15 - 3:15 PM
Mar9
Saturday
Practice 3
10:15 - 11:15 PM
Mar9
Saturday
Qualifications
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Mar10
Sunday
Final Warmup
9:15 - 10:00 AM
Mar10
Sunday
Pre-Race Show
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Mar10
Sunday
Race
1:30 - 4:30 PM

Podium

1st
Josef Newgarden
Team Penske
2nd
Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing
3rd
Will Power
Team Penske

Race Recap

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – Josef Newgarden kicked off the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series in victorious fashion, winning the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday.

The Team Penske driver earned his first victory on the 14-turn, 1.8-mile temporary street course that also incorporates a runway of Albert Whitted Airport and the 11th triumph of his eight-year NTT IndyCar Series career. Newgarden, who started second to teammate Will Power, won by 2.8998 seconds over reigning series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Driving the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, Newgarden took command with a middle-race stint that went one to five laps longer than the other frontrunners. It allowed the 2017 NTT IndyCar Series champion to cycle to the front during the second round of pit stops and roll on to victory. Newgarden led 60 of the 110 laps, including 59 of the final 60 circuits.

The victory was the 204th in the illustrious history of Team Penske, the most all time. Nine of those wins have come in the 16-race history of St. Petersburg. It also marked a return to form for engine supplier Chevrolet, which went winless on NTT IndyCar Series temporary street courses in 2018.

NTT P1 Award winner Power finished third. Felix Rosenqvist, making his first NTT IndyCar Series start in the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, placed fourth after leading 31 early laps. Rosenqvist was among three rookies to finish in the top nine, with Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing) coming home eighth and Santino Ferrucci (Dale Coyne Racing) ninth).

The race was slowed by just a pair of early full-course caution periods. The first came on Lap 20 when Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay had a mechanical failure in the No. 28 DHL Honda on the frontstretch. The second occurred when Ed Jones hit the wall in Turn 9 in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Chevrolet. As Jones’ car sat motionless against the well, Matheus Leist clipped it while racing past in the No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet.

Both cars were eliminated. Jones sustained a small non-displaced fracture of the distal fourth metacarpal in his left ring finger, according to Dr. Geoffrey Billows, INDYCAR medical director. He was splinted and will follow up with a hand surgeon, but it is expected that, with proper splinting, he will be able to participate in racing activities.

Newgarden takes a 13-point lead over Dixon to the next NTT IndyCar Series event on the 2019 schedule. The INDYCAR Classic at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, March 24. The race airs live at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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About the track

Streets of St. Petersburg

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.


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Past track winners

Josef Newgarden / 2019
Sebastien Bourdais / 2018
Sebastien Bourdais / 2017
Juan Pablo Montoya / 2016
Juan Pablo Montoya / 2015
Will Power / 2014
James Hinchcliffe / 2013
Helio Castroneves / 2012
Dario Franchitti / 2011
Will Power / 2010
Ryan Briscoe / 2009
Graham Rahal / 2008
Helio Castroneves / 2007
Helio Castroneves / 2006
Dan Wheldon / 2005
Paul Tracy