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The Fifthteenth annual Grand Prix of St.Petersburg kicked off the start to the NTT INDYCAR Season on the streets downtown of St.Petersburg Florida. Race weekend was slammed packed full of amazing side by side racing from a multitude of racing platforms.

Once Sunday morning came ,all eyes were on the main display NTT Indycar’s first race of the 2019 season the first battle of many in this year’s Championship hunt.

Felix Rosenqvist, making his first NTT IndyCar Series start in the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, placed fourth after leading 31 early laps. Rosenqvist was among three rookies to finish in the top 10, with Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing) eighth and Santino Ferrucci (Dale Coyne Racing) ninth.

“All in all, a great day for the whole PNC Bank crew,” Dixon said. “Pit stops were phenomenal, great points. Obviously, we were going for a win so we just came one stop short, but congrats to Josef. (He) drove a hell of a race there and great strategy.”

Power led 17 early laps before finishing third. It’s the 71st time the 2014 series champion and reigning Indy 500 winner has been on the podium in a 15-years

The race was slowed by two early full-course caution periods, tying for the fewest in race history. The first came on Lap 20 when Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay suffered a mechanical failure in the No. 28 DHL Honda on the frontstretch.

“I love this place and I continue to love it. The event itself has always been so captivating there is truly an energy and a buzz about the #FirestoneGP. They really light it up for this week when we show up it’s one of my favorite events to come to.” @josefnewgarden

When Josef Newgarden ran longer, harder and faster in a middle stint of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, it paid off with victory at the end.

Newgarden kicked off the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season victorious by 2.8998 seconds over reigning series champion Scott Dixon. It was the 11th triumph of Newgarden’s eight-year NTT IndyCar Series career but first on the 14-turn, 1.8-mile temporary street course .

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