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Inside the box score – Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Inside the box score – Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
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By
Arni Sribhen
| Published:
Mar 13, 2018

Numbers to note following the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – the opening race of the 2018 Verizon Indy Car Series season.

1.54 – Average running position for rookie Robert Wickens during the 110 laps of racing on the streets of St. Petersburg.

3 –  Positions gained by Spencer Pigot (18th to 15th) and Takuma Sato (15th to 12th) in the final 11 laps of the race.

4 –  Drivers since 1946 to win the pole position for their first Indy car race. Robert Wickens joined Jud Larson (1956 – Indiana State Fairgrounds), Nigel Mansell (1993 – Surfers Paradise) and Sebastien Bourdais (2003 – St. Petersburg).

6 – Different teams represented in the top 10 positions at St. Petersburg.

6.36 – Average running position for race winner Sebastien Bourdais during the 110 laps of racing at Sonoma Raceway.

10 – Streak of consecutive races led by Newgarden ended at St. Pete. It was the third time since 2015 that Team Penske failed to lead a lap in a race (Milwaukee 2015 and Long Beach 2017 were the others)

19 – Age of Matheus Leist and Zachary Claman De Melo at St. Pete. Neither driver was born when Tony Kanaan made his Indy car debut on March 15, 1998.

22 – Positions gained by Graham Rahal (24nd to 2nd), most of any driver.

29 – Laps in which Kanaan improved his position, most of any driver.

37 – Indy car wins for Bourdais, who ranks sixth on the all– time wins list.

201 – Consecutive starts by Marco Andretti, the fourth– longest streak in Indy car history

225 – Consecutive starts by Scott Dixon, the second– longest streak in Indy car history.

283 – Consecutive starts by Kanaan, extending his all– time record.

344 – Indy car starts for Kanaan which tied Helio Castroneves for third on the all– time list.

Source: https://www.indycar.com

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