James Hinchcliffe finished the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in first place ahead of Bourdais by 1.49 seconds with Josef Newgarden completing the podium in the Team Penske machine.
Max Chilton qualified in P20 and finished P14 in Sunday’s race. It was a head scratching few days for Chilton who didn’t feel comfortable with the balance of the #8 Gallagher Ganassi car all weekend. Despite making several set-up changes to try and improve the car prior to third practice, Max was always playing catch up with he and his crew struggling to find the source of the problems.
During qualifying Max was fairly happy with the feel of the car and was on the limit throughout, despite his best efforts, something was still clearly not right and he ended the session towards the back of the grid. The frustration was compounded after two positive tests with P2 in Barber and P6 in Sonoma. Speaking after the race, Chilton commented:
“It was a long day. We went pretty erratic with the set up. We have been struggling as a car team, not overall just the No. 8 car, so we went to a different set up and didn’t like it so it was a long afternoon. At that point you just need to be able to race. I think I did alright but I didn’t move forward. It was the first weekend we have had in quite a while now where we haven’t been improving. We will look into what is going on and see if we can get better for the Barber race.”
Putting this weekend behind him, thoughts turn to Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 23rd at 15:00 ET. Chilton continued:
“I’m just looking forward to Barber now, its a circuit I really enjoy and having been quick here in recent testing, I’m going into it confident we can get a result, despite the issues we had at Long Beach”.