Column: IndyCar puts on strong show in action-packed opener

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The IndyCar season kicked off with some late-race drama, a heartbroken rookie driver and an emotional winner.

The racing was pretty good, too.

The opener through the city streets of St. Petersburg could not have gone any better for IndyCar, which has built enough momentum the last two years to create a palpable sense of excitement for the new season. The new car debuted at St. Pete and it didn't just look good: Once it hit the track Sunday, the 24 drivers in the field put on a show. IndyCar officials touted the new Dallara as safer, cheaper and potentially racier, and St. Pete had a race-record 366 on-track passes.


IndyCar Leaders: Points
1 S.Bourdais 51 1
2 G.Rahal 40 0
3 A.Rossi 36 0
4 J.Hinchcliffe 32 0
5 R.Hunter-Reay 31 0
6 S.Dixon 28 0
7 J.Newgarden 26 0
8 E.Jones 24 0
9 M.Andretti 22 0
10 W.Power 20 0
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