Mike Conway’s ECR debut is impressive, charges to 3rd before communication trouble halts a possible podium
The result marked Wilson’s seventh consecutive top-10 finish at the temporary Florida street circuit.
In two weeks the Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Long Beach, Calif. where Sato claimed his first IndyCar victory a year ago.
Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, won the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for the second time since 2010.
Graham lost control of the race car on the slick course and made contact with a tire barrier which brought out a red flag.
The Japanese driver, whose philosophy “No Attack, No Chance” has endeared him to many, was clearly in control as the Verizon IndyCar Series kicked off its 2014 season.
Helio Castroneves will start 10th after posting a fast lap of 1:03.6635 in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet during the second round of qualifying.
Will Power led the way with a fast lap of 1:02.6443 in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet around the 14-turn, 1.8-mile course, the third-fastest lap of the day.
IndyCar street race winner frustrated in Friday’s practice rounds
Conway makes his debut in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing/Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet on next Sunday.
Graham Rahal: "I’ve got to say most of all I am proud of these National Guard guys because it was only 48, maybe 72 hours ago that we had a big trailer fire..."
Scott Dixon said winning his third title in 10 years was one of his most rewarding seasons as an Indy car driver.
Carlos Huertas, 22, of Colombia, competed in Formula Renault 3.5 last year.
Starting on Friday, Hawksworth and the BHA crew will have three practice sessions on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn St. Petersburg street circuit.
Ana Beatrix, Justin Wilson team-mate, finished 22nd in the No. 18 Ipiranga car.
National Guard Panther team hampered by electrical gremlin in second practice; JR Hildebrand finishes 23rd on the streets of St. Pete. However, the Panther DRR driver Oriol Servia posted the fourth-quickest time.
Will Power, Ryan-Hunter Reay and Simona de Silvestro take the top 3 times in the two IZOD IndyCar practices on Friday.
Series’ only owner/driver shakes off the rust after a long winter.