2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
|1st round of the 2014 IndyCar Series season|
|Date||March 30, 2014|
|Official name||Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg|
|Location||Streets of St. Petersburg|
|Course||Temporary street circuit|
1.800 mi / 2.897 km
198.000 mi / 318.670 km
|Driver||Takuma Sato (A. J. Foyt Enterprises)|
|Driver||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|Time||1:02.3404 (on lap 95 of 110)|
|First||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|Second||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|Third||Hélio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
The 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was the first race of the 2014 IndyCar Series season, the race took place on March 30 in St. Petersburg, Florida, on the city's temporary street course. The race was won by Will Power for Team Penske. Ryan Hunter-Reay finished second ahead of Hélio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, and Simon Pagenaud. The top finishing rookie in the race was Mikhail Aleshin, in 12th position.
This was the first race for 3 Indycar rookies. Jack Hawksworth raced in the number 98 for Bryan Herta Autosport after moving up from the Indy Lights series. Mikhail Aleshin and Carlos Huertas, who both raced in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2013, made their debuts as well, with Aleshin racing for Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports and Huertas Dale Coyne Racing. Carlos Muñoz was the 4th rookie in the field with 3 Indycar races in the 2013 IndyCar Series season, most notably the 2013 Indianapolis 500.
Returning to American open wheel racing, since his last race in 2000, is Juan Pablo Montoya, the 1999 CART Champion and the 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner. In 2014 he will drive for Team Penske in the number 2 car.
This was also the first race for Chip Ganassi Racing using Chevrolet engines after the switch from Honda, with Tony Kanaan replacing Dario Franchitti, after his career ending crash in the second Houston race last year. Other drivers racing for a new teams are; Ryan Briscoe with Chip Ganassi Racing, Mike Conway with Ed Carpenter Racing, Sébastien Bourdais and Sebastián Saavedra with KV Racing Technology.
|Pos||Name||Grp.||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3|
|7||Carlos Muñoz (R)||2||1:12.0603||1:03.3955|
|8||Jack Hawksworth (R)||2||1:12.1556||1:03.5738|
|15||Mikhail Aleshin (R)||1||1:15.9111|
|17||Carlos Huertas (R)||1||1:16.8105|
|18||Juan Pablo Montoya||2||1:12.6994|
|21||Graham Rahal||1||no time|
1 Points include 1 point for leading at least 1 lap during a race, an additional 2 points for leading the most race laps, and 1 point for Pole Position.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included.
2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
|Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg||Next race:|
2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg