IPS: St. Pete: Nick Bussell race notes

Bussell Pleased with podium finish in the sunshine city MIPS Rookie Rounds Out Top Three at Inaugural St. Petersburg Race Indianapolis, IN -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series rookie, Nick Bussell piloted the No. 21 West ...

Bussell Pleased with podium finish in the sunshine city
MIPS Rookie Rounds Out Top Three at Inaugural St. Petersburg Race

Indianapolis, IN -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series rookie, Nick Bussell piloted the No. 21 West Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone to a podium finish on Sunday at the inaugural St. Petersburg Pro Series race. Bussell, whose 22nd birthday was April 1, celebrated with a third place trophy.

Starting on the outside of row two, Bussell took third place on lap 14, and never looked back. "There were 3 really good passing spots, and one more difficult one," he says. "I was struggling with a bit of understeer in 2 corners, so the only way I was going to pass was if one of the cars in front of me made a mistake. Unfortunately, we didn't get that opportunity".

"I'm happy with the result," says Bussell. "It was great to be on the podium in the first ever Indy Racing League race on the street course. The course is one of the finest in the world, and the fans were awesome. I met lots of people at the autograph session and many were attending their first race. They were all genuinely fired up. It really helps to be around that kind of enthusiasm. I know the league will have some new fans now in Florida, and I hope I contributed to that. I want to thank the city of St. Petersburg and all of the volunteers for making this such a great event to participate in."

The race will be televised at 3:00pm (EDT), Friday, April 8 on ESPN2.

Infiniti Q45 engines power Dallara Automobili chassis built for the series, with Firestone Firehawk tires used exclusively on all cars. The V8 engines produce approximately 450 horsepower for the single-seat winged chassis, providing an ideal training ground for the 650-horsepower, single-seat winged cars of the IndyCar Series.

A Michigan native, Bussell has an open-wheel, road racing background, with a season in the Formula Renault 2000 and Fran-Am 2000 after winning the World Karting Association Triple Crown in 2002.

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Series Indy Lights
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