Will Power missed Sunday's season-opener IndyCar race with a concussion
Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia won his second consecutive IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, holding off Frenchman Simon Pagenaud to win Sunday's 2016 season opener. The four Penske drivers swept the top four starting spots and headed into Sunday's race looking for their eighth win in 12 events on the street course.
As well as back-to-back poles for Power himself, it's also the second year in a row that Penske as a team has locked-out the first two rows of the grid for the race.
Penske now has 179 wins in open wheel racing, the most in history.
Will Power's qualifying dominance at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg continued Saturday when he broke his own track record (twice) to claim his sixth pole in his last seven races here.
"Overall it was a pretty good first day", Montoya said. He wrecked during a Friday practice session but was medically cleared to drive.
Helio Castroneves was third fastest, with last year's race victor Juan Pablo Montoya right behind him in fourth place.
On the restart Daly maintained his lead, whilst Montoya stormed into the lead at Turn 1 ahead of Pagenaud. The next IndyCar race is on the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway oval on April 2.
Dixon won at Long Beach and Texas and took the season-ender at Sonoma to capture the season crown by having won once more than Montoya over the 16-race campaign.
Munoz was flagged for avoidable contact; Rahal was furious, throwing his arms in the air before his auto even came to a stop.
Pagenaud dominated early, leading the first 48 laps around the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street course. Munoz was assessed a drive-through penalty for avoidable contact and apologized to Rahal after the race. The Formula One test driver finished 12th. Oriol Servia, the substitute driver for Will Power, was one of the drivers involved in the multi-car incident following the first restart; he finished the race in 18th place, a lap down from leader. "I think we made the most of what we could, we stayed out of trouble and obviously the finishing position doesn't look that bad". Team Penske flexed its muscles, smaller teams like Dale Coyne Racing and A.J. Foyt Racing cracked the Top Ten, and the competition between the engine manufacturers shook in a relatively equal manner.
WIRED: Ed Carpenter Racing's Josef Newgarden - a two-race victor who finished seventh in the standings last season - was forced to retire from the race after just 27 laps because of what the team reported as electrical problems.