Monday, March 12, 2018

Indycar Season Opener at St. Petersburg

Fly Over Prior To Race

It was another wonderful and wild weekend in St. Petersburg for the opening race for the Indycar season. Wonderful as in weather and wild as in lots of caution flags flying!  With the new aero package on the cars with less downforce drivers were sawing the steering wheel more than in the past as they learned the dynamics of driving the new machines with less downforce.

It was also a melancholic feeling this weekend as Helio Castroneves was in the house but not behind the wheel. As a tribute, his former team members even sported 'Helio' on their helmets. But fans were treated to an inspiring Q&A session with the personable Helio at the Mahaffey Theater on Friday and then the fans got to attend a special autograph signing session with him on Saturday. What a treat!

  I have so much respect for this driver and will miss him.  However if you are a fan of IMSA racing, go to see him at Sebring this coming weekend and in future IMSA racing events with the Penske racing team.

So now for some photos- I had a blast taking pictures in the cool air and mostly sunny skies.  Here's a collection of what I saw in my lens:

Click Here To Hear Helio Thank YOU- The fans!

Winner, Sebastien Bourdais 

                            Ed Jones- Chip Ganassi Racing

Max Chilton and Graham Rahal

Graham Rahal Doing Leg Stretch

Gabby Chaves

                                                  Coming At You - Ryan Hunter-Reay

Jack Harvey- Michael Shank Racing

Sebastian Bourdais Signing Autographs

On The Grid

Ready To Roll

Zach Veach & Alex Rossi Signing Autographs

Takuma Sato Signing Fan's Helmet Bag

Alex Rossi's Car Staying Cool

Zach Veach Staying Cool

Max Chilton Chilling Out

Tony Kanaan Closing in on Takuma Sato

Ryan Hunter-Reay Passing Jack Harvey

Victory Lap - Congratulations To Sebastien Bourdais!

Hope you enjoyed the photos- more to come in future posts. On to Sebring March 17th!

By Paul Ziegler, Publisher of

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