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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
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 Carcamerastory.com