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Post by AntmanB on Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:26 am

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3 Helio Castroneves Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
4 JR Hildebrand National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet Panther Racing
5 E.J. Viso Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM Chevrolet Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM
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7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dragon Racing
9 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing
10 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing
11 Tony Kanaan Hydroxycut KVRT- SH Racing Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
12 Will Power Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
14 Takuma Sato ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda A.J. Foyt Enterprises
15 Graham Rahal Midas/Big O Tires Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
16 James Jakes Acorn Stairlifts Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
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19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dale Coyne Racing
20 Ed Carpenter FuzzyÕs Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Ed Carpenter Racing
22 Oriol Servia Panther DRR Chevrolet Panther DRR
25 Marco Andretti RC Cola Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
27 James Hinchcliffe GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
55 Tristan Vautier (R) Florida Lottery c/w Schmidt Peterson Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
67 Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt-Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsports
78 Simona de Silvestro Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
83 Charlie Kimball Levemir and NovoLog FlexPen Honda Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Alta on Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:06 am

>Leege kicked out for Saavedra

Huh.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Alpineopossum on Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:33 am

There's a second Coyne car that could show up. It has full sponsorship from the Boy Scouts so unless that transfers to the #18 it wouldn't surprise me if there's a last minute entry. I would say Ryan Briscoe but he seems to be more intersted in racing in sportscars. Maybe Connor Daly?
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by JMac525 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:36 am

I've read reports that Ana Beatriz and Stefan Wilson will share the #18 this year. I'd be pretty interested to see how Stefan would do.

Anyways, I am super pumped for this new Indycar season!
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Electric Wolf on Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:52 pm

>Vautier is the only rookie.

LOLGoodROTYWinVautier
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by PKligBKFan on Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:09 pm

Jenna Fryer tweeted yesterday how nobody in the media knew Beatriz was going to be in the 18.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Alpineopossum on Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:21 pm

Even I knew that! Most indycar forums had Bia penciled in for the Coyne car a couple of weeks ago.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Cynon on Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:50 pm

Post a link to the entry list, Antman, stop copy+pasting, you're better then that...

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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by flyingturns89 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:46 pm

Here's the link to the entry list.

http://media.indycar.com/pdf/2013/Honda_GP_of_St_Petersburg_Entry_List_2013.pdf

Oh, and there's an Indy Lights race at St. Pete too, with a massive nine car entry list, with only four teams with entries.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Alta on Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:03 pm

flyingturns89 wrote:

Oh, and there's an Indy Lights race at St. Pete too, with a massive nine car entry list, with only four teams with entries.
Jesus Indy Lights.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by AntmanB on Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:32 am

Alta wrote:
flyingturns89 wrote:

Oh, and there's an Indy Lights race at St. Pete too, with a massive nine car entry list, with only four teams with entries.
Jesus Indy Lights.

and 1 of them is running only the first race, so we only have 8 cars for the whole season.

YEah, Indy Lights won't last much Longer.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Cynon on Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:57 pm

6-7 years ago, Indy Lights was getting 6 cars a race...

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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by navycook75 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:52 pm

AntmanB wrote:
Alta wrote:
flyingturns89 wrote:

Oh, and there's an Indy Lights race at St. Pete too, with a massive nine car entry list, with only four teams with entries.
Jesus Indy Lights.

and 1 of them is running only the first race, so we only have 8 cars for the whole season.

YEah, Indy Lights won't last much Longer.
From the beginning of the series there wasn't more than 15-18 cars.

I think they'll be fine.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Milan655 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:07 pm

F3000 Euroseries had admissions of around 8-10 cars a race toward the end of its lifetime, however it's of course now been revitalised as Auto GP. There is hope in Indy Lights, if a team (such as Coloni with Auto GP) put any effort into restoring it.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Chives2112 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:11 pm

They still have the Pro Mazda Championship (formerly known as the Star Mazda Championship) and the U.S. F2000 National Championship, which have garnered decent car counts over the past few seasons.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by bigdc48 on Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:55 pm

Will Power will start on pole with Takuma Sato next to him. Way to go Simona de Silvestro in 3rd.

http://www.indycar.com/en/News/2013/03/3-23-Qualification-Results-HGPSP
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by RealRacer4 on Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:22 pm

^While Sato qualifying 2nd in a Foyt car is impressive, inb4 Sato causes a big pile up at the start of the race.

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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Ben Atkins on Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:02 pm

And Dario just ran out of talent

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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by JMac525 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:03 pm

And out goes Dario. Not looking like a good day for Ganassi thus far.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by bigdc48 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:03 pm

Ouch!!! Well that ends a miserable weekend for Franchitti.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by RealRacer4 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:03 pm

Well there goes my pick for the roll the dice game...

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Post by PKligBKFan on Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:07 pm

that was horrible judgment by Dario..
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Post by JMac525 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:05 pm

Bah, that's a tough break for Oriol.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by RealRacer4 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:16 pm

JMac525 wrote:Bah, that's a tough break for Oriol.

Same goes for Vautier. The way he performed today, even if there were other rookie contenders, I don't think any rookies would have a good shot at beating him for ROTY.

EDIT: What...the hell...was that??? o_O


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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by pennst24 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:29 pm

For you, Mr. Hildebrand:

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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by JMac525 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:29 pm

Hildebrand... what was that? Suspect
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by f1fan12 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:29 pm

Nice job J.R.
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Post by conrail1990 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:32 pm

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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by bigdc48 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:38 pm

Why J.R., why? Fail
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Chives2112 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:39 pm

Hildebrand had a short straightaway right after that corner where he could have messed with his knobs. Still no Dice Game points for me. Laughing
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Post by Sparkz47 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:47 pm

Props to J.R. for owning up to it though. That's more than I can say for a lot of people in racing.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by pennst24 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:49 pm

>Panther Racing
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>Team says "not good enough"
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>Team says "here's a contract extension and we bought you your dream car for choking away the 500".

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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by RealRacer4 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:54 pm

Umm...


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Post by pennst24 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:00 pm

Simona with the HARDCORE TRULLI TRAIN lol
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by RyanB06 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:02 pm

Poor Simona. Her tires just gave out.
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Post by RealRacer4 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:04 pm

WE GOT A NEW MAYOR IN TOWN!!! Very Happy

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Post by pennst24 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:04 pm

HINCH
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Post by bigdc48 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:04 pm

What a race. Mayor Hinch finally does it. Great finish for 5th.
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Post by JMac525 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:04 pm

Good to see Hinch get his first win. He deserved it. Great racing all day, particularly those last few laps. I can't wait for the rest of this season.
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Post by Chives2112 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:07 pm

Hell of a race! Great to see Hinch on top of the podium, and what a ride for Simona. She gave it her all as he tires fell off the cliff.
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Post by BBoy on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:07 pm

Quite the start to the 2013 season. Hinchcliffe certainly earned that race.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Ben Atkins on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:12 pm

HINCHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by navycook75 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:14 pm

Hinchecliffe starts the season off with a win! awesome run by him.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by PackerMan71 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:18 pm

I only watched the final 13 laps of this race (sadly) because I was working outside for a few hours, but what I saw was excellent. Congrats to Hinchcliffe on his first career win, holding off Castroneves, and major props to Simona on a very game effort to get on the podium. Even though she fell to sixth, great effort on her part.

If this is what we're gonna see the rest of the season, IndyCar could kick some serious ass this year, and with some events having two races in the same weekend, that means MOAR IndyCar for all of us. Very Happy

That's why my final rating for this race is a 7.5/10.
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Post by Alta on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:33 pm

Awesome race! Battle for 3rd was amazing at the end and a bunch of passing throughout

Hinchy finally bringing it home, Simona proving that Danica is expendable, and Hildebrand with a bizarre caution wreck.

First race leaves a lot excitement on the table.
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Post by PYLrulz on Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:26 pm

Alta wrote:Awesome race! Battle for 3rd was amazing at the end and a bunch of passing throughout

Hinchy finally bringing it home, Simona proving that Danica is expendable, and Hildebrand with a bizarre caution wreck.

First race leaves a lot excitement on the table.

Thing is, if Simona were to win a race, it wouldn't get a quarter the coverage because she isn't Danica, which is sad.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Alta on Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:56 pm

PYLrulz wrote:
Alta wrote:Awesome race! Battle for 3rd was amazing at the end and a bunch of passing throughout

Hinchy finally bringing it home, Simona proving that Danica is expendable, and Hildebrand with a bizarre caution wreck.

First race leaves a lot excitement on the table.

Thing is, if Simona were to win a race, it wouldn't get a quarter the coverage because she isn't Danica, which is sad.
The coverage she got for just 6th after running 3rd most of the day proves otherwise i think.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Alpineopossum on Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:19 pm

Simona could have been third if Marco didn't go Jamie Melo on her in the closing laps. That said, I was impressed with Marco, Simona, and especially Hinchcliffe.

What JR Hildebrand did was truly stupid.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by Sparkz47 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:49 pm

Alta wrote:
PYLrulz wrote:
Alta wrote:Awesome race! Battle for 3rd was amazing at the end and a bunch of passing throughout

Hinchy finally bringing it home, Simona proving that Danica is expendable, and Hildebrand with a bizarre caution wreck.

First race leaves a lot excitement on the table.

Thing is, if Simona were to win a race, it wouldn't get a quarter the coverage because she isn't Danica, which is sad.
The coverage she got for just 6th after running 3rd most of the day proves otherwise i think.

I think that was more for the fact that most of the action toward the last two laps was centered on her battle with both entropy and Marco Andretti rather than her being a woman. The three-wide finish for fifth probably didn't hurt much either.
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Re: 2013 Honda Grand Prix of ST. Petersburg

Post by crl on Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:17 pm

Pros:
-HINCH WINS!
-Douchebag Dario isn't even a factor
-Simona putting up a great fight
-TK with a Top 5 finish
-No Briscoe

Cons:
-JR...you're better than that, dude
-Will Power's luck
-Marco with a podium

Pretty good race.

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