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.