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What Mattered for IndyCar at St. Petersburg

Colton and Bryan Herta talk shop

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After finishing 22nd and 23rd last week respectively, Colton Herta and Josef Newgarden managed to get their NTT IndyCar Series championship aspirations going properly at Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg by winning and finishing second, respectively. The biggest difference for the two, however? Bonus points. Herta won the pole position and led the …

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A Statistical Deep Dive in Jimmie Johnson’s 1st IndyCar Street Race

Jimmie Johnson giving feedback at St. Petersburg

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Before Sunday, Jimmie Johnson had never raced on a street circuit. Aiming to learn, Johnson did all of that and more in Sunday’s (April 25) Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the second race of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season. The No. 48 Carvana Honda started 23rd and ran as high as 21st following …

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Will Power Charges to 8th at St. Petersburg

Will Power on the streets of St. Petersburg

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After missing the second round of qualifying for the first time since Toronto in 2019, Will Power muscled his car to an eighth-place finish in Sunday’s (April 25) Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the second race of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season. Power’s crew called the 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner to pit road …

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Jack Harvey Finishes a Strong 4th at St. Petersburg

Jack Harvey going around St. Petersburg

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After starting in second place for the third time in his IndyCar career, Jack Harvey managed to get his second top-five finish in NTT IndyCar Series competition with a fourth-place result at Sunday’s (April 25) Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Harvey slotted in behind eventual race winner Colton Herta at the start of the …

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Colton Herta Dominates in St. Petersburg; Josef Newgarden Second

Colton Herta Celebrates Winning at St. Petersburg

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After being taken out by a spinning Josef Newgarden at Barber Motorsports Park last weekend, Colton Herta needed to jumpstart his IndyCar championship hopes. He did so with a commanding drive to victory in Sunday’s (April 25) Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  The Andretti Autosport driver started on pole position and was the class …

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Colton Herta Scores Fifth Career IndyCar Pole at St. Petersburg

Colton Herta Celebrating Pole Position at St. Petersburg

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Colton Herta’s first pole of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season was after a near-perfect qualifying session ahead of Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Herta’s pole-winning lap of 1 minute, 0.321 seconds averaged 107.425 mph around the 1.8 mile street circuit in St. Petersburg for the No. 26 Gainbridge …

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Jimmie Johnson Settling Into New IndyCar World

Jimmie Johnson going out for practice at St. Petersburg

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — After spending the greater portion of his racing life behind the wheel of a stock car, Jimmie Johnson now calls the NTT IndyCar Series home, but despite his experience, the seven-time NASCAR champion is begging to be treated like a first-time racer. In Johnson’s old racing environment, there were very little …

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Friday St. Petersburg IndyCar Notebook

Felix Rosenqvist practices at St. Petersburg

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Barber Motorsports Park was a tale of two races for Arrow McLaren SP, but the streets of St. Petersburg offer a chance for Felix Rosenqvist to forget last week and Pato O’Ward to figure out how to finally nail an IndyCar race win. For Rosenqvist, his race basically ended in the …

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Street Circuit Connoisseurs: The IndyCar Drivers Who Excel on City Streets

Josef Newgarden Passing Alex Palou and Colton Herta at St. Petersburg

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After dashing around the sweeping hills of Barber Motorsports Park last weekend, the NTT IndyCar Series travels to St. Petersburg, Florida this weekend for 110 laps on the narrow street circuit in the sweltering sun. While Barber’s blind crests and swooping off-camber turns are no walk in the park for the drivers—even catching out two-time …

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Indy 500 Expecting Up to 40% Capacity

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Conor Daly at the 2019 Indy 500 practice (Photo: Matt Fraver/IndyCar Media)

The Indianapolis 500 will host fans up to 40% of capacity, equaling about 135,000 spectators, Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Wednesday, April 21. Track officials collaborated with Marion County Public Health Department to estimate the amount of fans allowed in the venue. “This event and this place means so much to everybody we see every day …

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IndyCar Techbench Tuesday: Streets of St. Petersburg

Sebastien Bourdais races on the streets of St. Petersburg

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A street circuit with an airport runway for a main straightaway makes for an interesting technical challenge for race engineers in the NTT IndyCar Series. The streets of St. Petersburg, Florida and the east-west runway of the Albert Whitted Airport is the venue for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the second round of …

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A Deeper Statistical Dive Into Jimmie Johnson’s First IndyCar Race

Jimmie Johnson competes in his first IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The statistics might show Jimmie Johnson finishing near the back of his IndyCar debut, but they cannot show how much he learned in an entirely new form of racing. After navigating through a six-car wreck on the first lap of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and then spinning eight laps …

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