Sebastien Bourdais wins IndyCar opener in an upset

Sebastien Bourdais wins IndyCar opener in an upset

While strategy played a role in his win, the 10.3508-second margin he built over 2nd place Simon Pagenaud upon crossing the finish line showed just how dominant and fast he truly was.

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Bourdais crashed before he could even make a complete qualifying attempt on Saturday and per IndyCar rules was not allowed to continue. "Fantastic for them. I wish it was P1 for me, P2 for him".

"I'm very happy to finish second, it was probably our hardest weekend since 2015".

Sebastien Bourdais and Simon Pagenaud will aim to stay on top when the Verizon IndyCar Series returns to action in just under a month. Bourdais himself said that winning against top-spending teams like Penske is part of the "magic of IndyCar".

Honda won just two of the 16 IndyCar races last season compared to Chevrolet's 14 victories. In fact, other than a small handful of races, including Alexander Rossi's shocker at the Indianapolis 500, past year was boringly predictable and noncompetitive - unless you drove a Penske Chevrolet. Though it's unsafe to read tea leaves after one race, the results speak for themselves. And if that seems insignificant, just look back at what happened a year ago at St. Petersburg.

Driving a new Honda-powered blue auto in the season-opener at the Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Kiwi Dixon showed plenty of promise, overcoming an early hiccup to make the podium. Six laps later, St. Petersburg resident Bourdais passed his countryman in Turn 1, taking his first lead at St. Pete since his first Indy auto race in 2003.

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The gap between the manufacturers wore on Honda drivers. "At the end there, in all honesty I was 100 percent flat (on the accelerator) for 40 laps and I got driven around like I was standing still".

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"I got very lucky at the start, which I'd say was very agitated, and I avoided the mess at Turn 3, I don't know how".

Dixon, a four time indycar champion, drove his Honda powered Chip Ganassi team to a qualifying time of 01:01.2219.

And that's "huge", Hinchcliffe said. I think knowing we had to reset and go to a totally different package, we looked at a lot of different things that were in our control, too, mechanically and setups, areas that we can improve. "To kick it off with a win on a street course, which was probably our weakest as a manufacturer last season". The next race is the 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 9.

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