2009 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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United States   2009 St. Petersburg
Race details
1st round of the 2009 IndyCar Series season
St. Petersburg street & airport racing circuit.svg
Date April 5, 2009
Official name Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Location Streets of St. Petersburg
Course Temporary Street Circuit
1.800 mi / 2.897 km
Distance 100 laps, 180.000 mi / 289.682 km
Weather 86°F, Sunny
Pole position
Driver United States Graham Rahal N/H/L Racing
Time 1:02.4110
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing
Time 1:03.2440 (on lap 54 of 100)
Podium
First Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing
Second United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Vision Racing
Third United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing

The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was the opening round of the 2009 IndyCar Series on April 5, 2009. It was the first time in IndyCar Series history that the season begins on a road course and not an oval. The race saw 4 drivers make their debuts in the championship: Stanton Barrett, Mike Conway, Robert Doornbos and Raphael Matos. The race was contested over 100 laps of the 1.80 mile street course.

Graham Rahal started from the pole but a poor start meant that he dropped back and out of contention for the victory. Defending champion Scott Dixon crashed out on lap 80, a poor start to his defence of the title, which left Penske's Ryan Briscoe to take the chequered flag from Ryan Hunter-Reay who finished 2nd and Justin Wilson who came home 3rd.

Race[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 100 2:12:26.8387 4 46 50
2 21 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Vision Racing 100 + 0.4619 14 0 40
3 19 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 100 + 0.9490 2 52 37
4 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi 100 + 1.5230 5 0 32
5 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 100 + 2.3214 3 0 30
6 3 Australia Will Power Team Penske 100 + 3.4622 6 0 28
7 02 United States Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 100 + 4.0672 1 0 27
8 23 United Kingdom Darren Manning Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 100 + 4.7283 10 0 24
9 14 Brazil Vitor Meira A. J. Foyt Enterprises 100 + 5.9559 17 0 22
10 34 Canada Alex Tagliani Conquest Racing 99 + 1 Lap 7 0 20
11 06 Netherlands Robert Doornbos (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 96 + 4 Laps 13 0 19
12 98 United States Stanton Barrett (R) Team 3G 96 + 4 Laps 21 0 18
13 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 94 Contact 18 2 17
14 4 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 86 Contact 11 0 16
15 27 Japan Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 86 Contact 19 0 15
16 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 80 Contact 8 0 14
17 13 Venezuela E. J. Viso HVM Racing 75 Mechanical 16 0 13
18 20 United States Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 71 Contact 22 0 12
19 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 31 Contact 15 0 12
20 2 Brazil Raphael Matos (R) Luczo-Dragon Racing 31 Contact 9 0 12
21 5 Brazil Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 31 Contact 20 0 12
22 24 United Kingdom Mike Conway (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1 Contact 12 0 12
  • The race exceeded road racing's traditional two-hour time limit. No reason was given for this.


Previous race:
2008 Nikon Indy 300
IndyCar Series
2009 season
Next race:
2009 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
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2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
2009 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Next race:
2010 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg