Andretti Autosport open the season with a victory in St.Pete

The 2013 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg marks Hinchcliffe's first IZOD IndyCar Series win in 32 starts.

James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 Chevrolet: "I don't think you can get much better than winning the first one because as soon as I crossed the line I burst into tears, and I never thought that was going to happen when I won my first race.

Victory circle: race winner James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet celebrates with girlfriend Kirsten Dee
Victory circle: race winner James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet celebrates with girlfriend Kirsten Dee

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

But that was a hard battle in fighting off those Penske cars because they were strong and to get the Chevrolet to victory lane and the first win in IndyCar is just so special.

Everybody at Go Daddy is so incredible and everybody did such a good job. I am exhausted, but just elated at the same time."

Did You Know: The Mayor of Hinchtown is a graduate of the Mazda Road to Indy - the IZOD IndyCar Series' ladder program.

Marco Andretti, No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet: "It's always been tough because even though we usually do well here, I have always been on the outside looking in. Not being in the Fast Six actually benefited me, because I had that fresh set of tires in the end.

Finishing third is nice, but a couple places higher would have been better. You can't get greedy about days like this, because we do this week in and week out. It feels good to finally see the rewards from the amount of hard work you put in."

Andretti made an incredible pass on KV Racing's Simona de Silvestro to bring the No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet to the podium.

Did You Know: Today marks the second time that Marco has claimed a podium finish on the streets of St. Petersburg. His first was in 2007 when he placed second.

E.J. Viso, No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevrolet: "I am extremely happy finishing seventh after a very difficult beginning of the weekend with so many mechanical issues in the practice and qualifying.

It's been tough to survive and make it to here, but the team did a great job to get me a very competitive car and give me all the tools to stay battling in the field.

I'm feeling good about this year; I think we will be able to achieve good positions. Congratulations to my teammate, James, on his first win in the IZOD IndyCar Series"

Starting the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in P22, Viso maneuvered his way through the competition to come away with a Top 10finish in seventh.

Did You Know: This is E.J.'s second best finish on the streets of St. Petersburg after his fourth-place finish with HVM in 2008.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Chevrolet: "It wasn't a great day. We couldn't get our car into first gear on a pit stop for whatever reason.

I don't know if that had anything to do with the stuck throttle that we ended up having, but that's what sidelined us in the end.

I've heard some other guys have been having that issue so everyone is scratching their head right now, and trust me, on a street course it's not the thing you want - it's pretty scary to have one.

That's racing. You can be on the highest high and then next weekend you can be on the lowest low. We just have to ride it and we'll come out swinging next week; it's all a part of it. It's a great win for James Hinchcliffe and Andretti Autosport."

The reigning IZOD IndyCar Series Champion finished the season opener in P18, experiencing problems during the 110-lap race after a successful beginning to the weekend.

Did You Know: Hunter-Reay is the first North American open-wheel Champion since Paul Tracy won the title in 2003 in Champ Car.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Marco Andretti , Eric Gilbert , James Hinchcliffe , Simona de Silvestro
Teams Andretti Autosport
Article type Race report
Tags andretti, chevrolet, hinchcliffe, hunter-reay, indycar, st.pete, viso