IndyCar Season Begins Today

Kanaan Starts on the Front Row, but Rookie Munoz Could be the one to beat

3/30/14 in IndyCar   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Blog Photo - IndyCar Season Begins TodayDario Franchitti will not be behind the wheel of an IndyCar today when the green flag drops, but he is at the track.  Since the horrific accident at Houston last year, Dario has been forced to retire.  With two broken vertebrae, a broken ankle and a concussion, Dario's doctors told him there was really no other option.  So this year it will be Tony Kanaan behind the wheel of the 10 car for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.  Dario will be on the timing stand, monitoring the radio.  

Tony knows how to drive, and he knows how to win.  He also grabbed a front row position for today's race on the streets of St. Petersburg, alongside Takuma Sato.  But in the earlier morning practice, it was Carlos Munoz who had the fastest race car.  

There are plenty of familiar faces in the field again this year, but also a few new ones.  Like Munoz, Carlos Huertas hails from Bogota, Colombia.  Jack Hawksworth is from England, and Mikhail Aleshin comes to the series from Moscow.  

2014 also marks the return of Juan Pablo Montoya to the sport.  After several mediocre years in NASAR, JPM moves to the IndyCar side of Penske Racing.  He starts well back in the pack, in row 10.  
Blog Photo - IndyCar Season Begins Today
The Andretti team returns intact, with Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay.  The team put two on the podium at St. Petersburg in 2013, so they will definitely be strong today as well.  

The race gets underway on ABC in just under two hours, and with Verizon as the new series sponsor, we may well see some difference in coverage.  If you're watching, join in!
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3/30/14   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Will Power wins!  RHR, Helio, Dixon and Pagenaud finish up the top 5.

3/30/14   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

18 laps to go in the race and Will Power continues to lead the race.  Rookie Jack Hawksworth crashed out on lap 82.

Takuma Sato has fallen back to 7th place, after leading so many laps at the beginning, and Justin Wilson is pressuring him for the spot

3/30/14   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Takuma Sato led the first 30 laps, but Will Power just used the Push to Pass and got around him.  It was not easy though! Castroneves in thrid, but he wants by Sato as well.