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Welcome to Texas Motor Speedway – Saturday Open

Texas Motor Speedway is working hard to get the track ready. It doesn’t really look wet until you see the difference color of the pavement behind the jet dryer. (TSO Photo by Patrick) By Patrick Stephan (@TSO_Patrick) Good morning race fans. I’ll start by saying how excited I am to be at the track. Thanks…

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Previewing the Genesys 300 and XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway – part #2

Texas Motor Speedway, the Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) built and owned 1.5-mile high banked oval, is celebrating its 25th season of racing in 2021. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES Saturday/Sunday double will be the 33rd, and 34th INDYCAR sanctioned races held at the Fort Worth, Texas track. Arie Luyendyk won the first INDYCAR race, the True…

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Previewing the Genesys 300 and XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway – part #1 – let’s race two!

By Steve Wittich Let’s race two! Indy car has a long history of doubleheader races that goes back to the very beginnings of the sport. Whether it was a two-day doubleheader on the Crown Point Road Race Circuit in 1909, a one-day triple-header on 2-mile Pacific Coast Speedway board oval in Tacoma, Wash., a trip…

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Closing out the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – post race update #2

By Steve Wittich Travel / social update I (Steve) flew down to St. Petersburg, Fla. from Indianapolis, Ind., on late Thursday night. I don’t generally take late flights because they tend to get delayed, but the cost was a factor, and the last flight of the night was the most cost-effective. I’ve stayed at a…

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Race Report: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 25, 2021)—A wild roller coaster ride of emotion would sum up this weekend for the AJ Foyt Racing team. With Sebastien Bourdais starting fifth in the No. 14 ROKiT Chevrolet, the expectations were high for the two-time winner of this event. However, a radio issue on the grid which delayed his…

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg post-race update #1

By Steve Wittich Dominant  Surprisingly, Colton Herta is only the third driver to win the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from the pole. The other drivers to win from the pole on the shores of Tampa Bay, were Helio Castroneves (2007) and Will Power (2010).  The second-generation driver led 97 of 100 laps, the…

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SPOILER – rough St. Pete race notes – SPOILER

Just as the pre-race ceremonies began, a front rolled through. There was no rain, but there was some significant cloud cover and the wind was steady at 10 mph from the west. The ambient temperature was 84F and the track temperature was 112F The fly-over was performed by a KC-135 from the 50th Air Refueling…

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Starting Lineup with Tire Designations

The starting lineup for today’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with starting tires is below: SPNo.DriverEngineTire126Colton HertaHondaAlternate260Jack HarveyHondaAlternate32Josef NewgardenChevroletPrimary422Simon PagenaudChevroletPrimary514Sebastien BourdaisChevroletAlternate65Pato O’WardChevroletPrimary721Rinus VeeKayChevroletAlternate89Scott DixonHondaAlternate915Graham RahalHondaPrimary1010Alex PalouHondaPrimary1127Alexander RossiHondaPrimary1229James HinchcliffeHondaPrimary1328Ryan Hunter-ReayHondaAlternate143Scott McLaughlin (R)ChevroletPrimary1530Takuma SatoHondaPrimary168Marcus EricssonHondaPrimary177Felix RosenqvistChevroletPrimary1851Romain Grosjean (R)HondaAlternate1920Conor DalyChevroletAlternate2012Will PowerChevroletPrimary2118Ed JonesHondaAlternate2259Max ChiltonChevroletAlternate2348Jimmie Johnson (R)HondaPrimary244Dalton KellettChevroletAlternate…

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Herta tops IndyCar Warmup at St. Petersburg

Polesitter Colton Herta was fastest in the Sunday morning warm-up ahead of today’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, a race where tire strategy and temperatures should be key talking points. Overcast skies and temperatures of 78 degrees ambient and 99 track greeted the 24 NTT IndyCar Series competitors for the Sunday morning warm-up, but…

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Herta grabs St. Pete pole – rough qual notes

By Steve Wittich Prior to the start of qualifying, Will Power wasn’t super confident that he would win his tenth pole in St. Pete. when he talked to Katie Kiel for the big screens around the track. He explained that the car didn’t feel connected with track. He also said the No. 12 Verizon Team…

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