2015 – Indy Car Race at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Mar 27 to 29)

The first race of the Verizon Indy Car Series was held under sunny blue skies on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Juan Pablo Montoya in the #2 Team Penske Chevrolet won the race after 110 laps and over two hours of racing. Second was team-mate Will Power in the #1 Team Penske Chevrolet, and third was Tony Kanaan in the #10 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Hope you like the photos.

2015 St Petes (HC7A3300)Fans lined the fences for a good place to watch the race.

2015 St Petes (Fans in stadium)Grandstands were packed with race fans.

2015 St Petes (#1 Team Penske)Race start, with Will Power in the #1 Team Penske Chevrolet leading the field into Turn 10. Will Power would finish the race in second position.

2015 St Petes (#5 Schmidt Peterson)James Hinchcliffe in the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda and Stefano Coletti in the #4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet “fighting” for the same line into Turn 10.

2015 St Petes (222A4565)Carlos Huertas in the #18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda passing by some front wing debris. On a few occasions front wing pieces on the track resulted in yellow flags.

2015 St Petes (#7 Schmidt Peterson)Into Turn 10 with  James Jakes in the #7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.

2015 St Petes (#3 Team Penske Chevrolet)Through Turn 10 with Helio Castroneves in the #3 Team Penske Chevrolet.

2015 St Petes (#18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda)Exiting Turn 10 at speed with Carlos Huertas in the #18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

2015 St Petes (HC7A3541)After shooting at Turn 10, walked over to the baseball stadium which overlooks the long Turn 9 to 10 straight that borders the waterfront.

2015 St Petes (222A4807)Some really nice motorboats moored along the waterfront near the track.

2015 St Petes (#2 Team Penske)On my way back to the podium, stopped by Turn 3. Here’s race winner Juan Pablo Montoya in the #2 Team Penske.

2015 St Petes (222A4989)The afternoon sun at Turn 1 was great, so stopped for some more track shots. Here’s Simon Pagenaud in the #22 Team Penske Chevrolet speeding down the front straight into Turn 1.

2015 St Petes (#10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing)At Turn 1 with third place finisher Tony Kanaan in the #10 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

2015 St Petes (#20 CFH Racing)“Need for speed” with Luca Filippi in the #20 CFH Racing Chevrolet.

2015 St Petes (222A4946)Exiting Turn 1 with Carlos Munoz in the #26 Andretti Autosport – HVM Racing Honda.

2015 St Petes (#7 Schmidt Peterson)“Light, silver, and shadows” with James Jakes in the #7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.

2015 St Petes (HC7A3640)Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates winning the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

2015 St Petes (HC7A3657)A large and supportive crowd were on hand to celebrate the winners podium. Was great hearing the crowd chant “Montoya, Montoya, Montoya ……….”.

222A5111Juan Pablo Montoya being interviewed on the podium.

222A5117Winners podium with Juan Pablo Montoya (first, center), Will Power (second, left), and Tony Kanaan (third, right).

222A5128Champagne with Juan Pablo Montoya.

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2 thoughts on “2015 – Indy Car Race at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Mar 27 to 29)

  1. Great photos David, I know that you can barely see me in the photos but I’m at the top of the stadium (shooting the cars coming down the straight) for your race opening shots LOL

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