Is it March yet? This is the question that race fans will be asking themselves until the 2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg finally arrives exactly 100 days from now. To help us all pass the time, we’ve come up with a list of trivia to remind us that great racing is just around the corner.
DID YOU KNOW THAT...?
... the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has hosted the season-opener for the IZOD IndyCar Series 4 times (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013)
... if you put an IndyCar engine in a riding lawn mower, you could cut a half-acre lawn in 5½ seconds
... there have been eight IZOD IndyCar Series races with a margin of less than one-tenth of a second between 1-2-3 finishers (reminiscent of McQueen, Chick Hicks and King in Cars!)
... 2012 Honda Grand Prix winner Helio Castroneves has the most wins on the streets of St. Petersburg, taking home the signature surfboard trophy 3 times (2006, 2007 and 2012)
... during an average pit stop, a race car drivers crew changes tires, adds fuel and makes car adjustments in about 8 seconds
... Andretti Green Racing won 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place at the inaugural Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in 2005
... the IZOD IndyCar Series runs on 100% fuel-grade ethanol and, as a result, its cars burn about 20,000 less gallons of fuel than previous seasons using methanol (without losing any horsepower or speed on the track)
... technologies used in racing often end up in the consumer marketplace. For example, child car seat manufacturer Dorel found inspiration for its newest car seat in a proprietary IndyCar foam that helps keep drivers safe
... Graham Rahal is the youngest driver in IndyCar history to win a race, following his series debut at St. Petersburg in 2008
... Team Penske has won 5 of 8 races at St. Petersburg: Helio Castroneves in 2006, 2007 and 2012; Ryan Briscoe in 2009; and Will Power in 2010
The countdown has officially begun to the 2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, taking place March 22-24, 2013