Countdown to opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Dec 18, 2012
Many IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and teams were preparing for the 2013 season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with testing/development at Sebring International Raceway last week. While the pace might have be leisurely, there was definite purpose.
There's less than 100 days from that first race. Let the countdown begin.
Here's some trivia to pass the time. Get your tickets to the always-exciting event HERE.
... the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has hosted the season opener for the IZOD IndyCar Series four times (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013)
... if you put an IZOD IndyCar Series engine in a riding lawn mower, you could cut a half-acre lawn in 5.5 seconds
... there have been eight IZOD IndyCar Series races with a margin of less than one-tenth of a second between 1-2-3 finishers (reminiscent of McQueen, Chick Hicks and King in "Cars")
... 2012 Honda Grand Prix winner Helio Castroneves has the most wins on the streets of St. Petersburg, taking home the signature surfboard trophy in 2006, 2007 and 2012
... during an average pit stop, a race car driver's crew changes tires, adds fuel and makes car adjustments in about 8 seconds
... Andretti Green Racing earned fist, second, third and fourth place at the inaugural Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in 2005
... Graham Rahal is the youngest driver in Indy car history to win a race, following his series debut at St. Petersburg in 2008
... Team Penske has won five of he eight races at St. Petersburg: Helio Castroneves in 2006, 2007 and 2012; Ryan Briscoe in 2009; and Will Power in 2010