Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg [Live Thread]
Above all else though, Dan would've wanted the racing to go on, and now we can finally see what the great unknowns of new cars and new engines can do in racing conditions. Everyone is watching the battle between Honda and Chevy, and so far Chevy has the upper hand. The Chevys occupy the top five spots on the grid, led by, who else, Will Power on the pole. Honda could only manage one driver in the Firestone Fast Six, and surprisingly, it wasn't any of the Ganassi boys, but the Sam Schmidt car driven by Simon Pagenaud. Unfortunately for Pagenaud, he was given a 10 spot grid penalty due to an unapproved engine change. Thus, he will start 16th, but is expected to be dangerous today and is a sleeper pick to win. Defending series champ Dario Franchitti will start 9th.
In addition to how the new cars will do, many eyes will be on Rubens Barrichello, as the F1 vet makes his series debut. A mechanical problem early in practice dropped him behind early, but he recovered to start 13th.
Green flag is at 1:00 today on ABC. Hopefully the first turn won't result in carnage from impatient drivers, but given the history here, I doubt it.
The newest era of IndyCar begins today. Q it up here as it happens.