2023 Writers’ Roundtable, Vol. 8: Memorable St. Pete Race?

Today’s question: What is your most memorable edition of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding, which will serve as the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season opener Sunday, March 5?. (That’s a race Kanaan has long kicked himself for not winning, but it was a terrific “hometown” win for Wheldon.) But for me, the more memorable race there was Graham Rahal’s victory in 2008. The first race to start the season, but more importantly to recognize it as the first race since the loss of the late Dan Wheldon in the finale of 2011. Paul Kelly: Robert Wickens’ sensational INDYCAR SERIES debut in 2018 on the Streets of St. Petersburg always will stick with me. Wickens won the pole for his first career INDYCAR SERIES start and was magisterial and fast in his control of the of the race, leading 69 of the first 108 laps.

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