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2018 Point Standings
After St. Petersburg
Rank Driver Points

1 Sebastien Bourdais 51
2 Graham Rahal 40
3 Alexander Rossi 36
4 James Hinchcliffe 32
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 31
6 Scott Dixon 28
7 Josef Newgarden 26
8 Ed Jones 24
9 Marco Andretti 22
10 Will Power 20
11 Tony Kanaan 19
12 Takuma Sato 18
13 Simon Pagenaud 17
14 Gabby Chaves 16
14 Robert Wickens (R) 16
15 Spencer Pigot 15
16 Zach Veach 14
17 Zach De Melo (R) 13
18 Max Chilton 11
19 Charlie Kimball 10
20 Jordan King (R) 10
21 Rene Binder (R) 8
22 Jack Harvey 7
23 Matheus Leist (R) 6

Rookie of Year Standings
1. Robert Wickens 16
2. Zach Veach 14
3. Zachary De Melo 13
4. Jordan King 10
5. Rene Binder 8
6. Jack Harvey 7
7. Matheus Leist 6

Manufacturer Standings
1. Honda 96
2. Chevy 46

Latest IndyCar News and Commentary

IndyCar St. Petersburg GP postscript
  by Brian Carroccio
With an expiring television deal, a departing title sponsor and the much-anticipated debut of its latest racing spec, no question about it: the Verizon IndyCar Series needed a boffo debut to the 2018 season this past weekend. And to the series’ credit, they got just that in their annual visit to the Streets of St. Petersburg. Today, AutoRacing1 will look back at all the major stories from this weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg starting with the debut of the new car.
New IndyCar LED Panels Explained
  by Lucille Dust
The new IndyCar aero kit makes the car look sleek and sexy. Drivers like the feel of the new car and it puts the driving more in their hands. IndyCar also made an upgrade to the LED panel that sits on the car, right behind the driver's head. The series has come a long way from the first panel that was taped onto the car late in the season about 4 years ago, showing the fans watching the race the running position of each car.
IndyCar St. Petersburg GP Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 finishers plus Wickens
Sebastien Bourdais - Winner
Dale Coyne - Winning team owner
Graham Rahal - 2nd
Alexander Rossi - 3rd
Robert Wickens - Driver of Race
Bourdais inherits 2nd St. Petersburg GP win in row
  After Rossi and Wickens hit with 2 to go
Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastien Bourdais took advantage of contact between Alexander Rossi and Robert Wickens on the final restart with 2 laps to go as they battled side-by-side under braking in Turn 1 and won the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg for the 2nd year in a row over Graham Rahal.  On a restart with 2 laps to go Rossi got under Wickens as they both braked hard. Rossi's car got a bit sideways as he struggled to keep his car under control, the two touched and around went the Canadian rookie.
RLL's Rahal and Sato meet the press
  In St. Petersburg
Takuma Sato
Graham Rahal
St. Petersburg GP Saturday Press Conference
  Fast Six qualifiers

1 - Robert Wickens
2 - Will Power
3 - Matheus Leist
4 - Jordan King
5 - Takuma Sato
6 - Ryan Hunter-Reay
Wickens takes IndyCar pole in St. Petersburg
  Rookie stuns the paddock
Canadian rookie Robert Wickens nudged veteran Will Power off fast time and won the pole position in his first IndyCar street qualifying session on a partially wet track in St. Petersburg, Florida. Fastest in Round 2 and fastest again in the final Fast Six round proved this was no fluke that brought big smiles in the Schmidt Peterson Honda pits. Another rookie will start third - Matt Leist from Brazil in the AJ Foyt ABC Chevy. Yet another rookie, Jordan King will start 4th ahead of Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Saturday morning Press Conferences from St. Pete
  Andretti Autosport and Chevy IndyCar
Marco Andretti - Andretti Autosport
Ryan Hunter-Reay - Andretti Autosport
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport
Zach Veach - Andretti Autosport
Mark Kent - Chevy IndyCar Program
Rob Buckner - New Chevy IndyCar Program Manager
IndyCar St. Pete GP Friday Press Conference
  Two fastest drivers

1. - Ryan Hunter-Reay - Andretti Honda
2. - James Hinchcliffe - SPM Honda
Q&A with Honda IndyCar boss Art St. Cyr
  At St. Petersburg
Art St. Cyr, President, Honda Performance Development met with the media in St. Petersburg Friday morning before practice got underway to talk about Honda's work in the offseason to get ready since the car and air intake has changed and to talk about the 2018 Honda teams and their readiness to do battle with Chevy. There was also discussion on the next-generation engine.
IndyCar Driver Q&A from St. Petersburg
  Penske and Schmidt Peterson teams
Penske Drivers answer questions
Josef Newgarden - Team Penske
Will Power - Team Penske
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske
Jack Harvey - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Robert Wickens - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
IndyCar St. Petersburg GP Preview
  2018 Season Opener this weekend
Josef Newgarden of Team Penske begins defense of his 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at St. Petersburg. Newgarden captured his first series title in his first season with Team Penske, winning four times. Now he aims to be Team Penske's first repeat champion since Gil de Ferran captured back-to-back CART championships in 2000 and 2001. Team Penske has won at St. Petersburg eight times, including four of the last six races with Helio Castroneves (2012), Will Power (2014) and Juan Pablo Montoya (2015-16). Andretti Autosport has two wins at St. Petersburg with Dan Wheldon (2005) and James Hinchcliffe (2013). Chip Ganassi Racing (Dario Franchitti in 2011) and Dale Coyne Racing (Sebastien Bourdais in 2017) have won once at St. Petersburg.
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