The Honda powered Verizon IndyCar Series teams were the class of the field at the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie Robert Wickens completely dominated the weekend, snatching the Verizon P1 Award from Team Penske’s Will Power in the dying seconds of qualifying on Saturday.
In the 110 lap race on Sunday, Honda really came to the front with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Andretti Autosport fighting at the front.
Robbie Wickens was the real star of the show this weekend as was his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team who were fast from the start of the weekend right up to the finish. Wickens team mate James Hinchcliffe drove a brilliant race to finish just off the podium in fourth place.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda was another start performer as he came from the back of the field to finish on the podium in second place behind race winner Sebastien Bourdais.
When it came down to it, the final top six in the race of Sebastien Bourdais, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter Reay and Scott Dixon were made up of Honda power from four teams, Dale Coyne Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Andretti Autosport and Chip Ganassi Racing.
The highest placed Chevrolet powered car was the No.1 Hitachi Team Penske entry of defending champion Josef Newgarden who finished the race in seventh place.
In total, eight of the top ten finishers were Honda powered. The Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg certainly showed that Honda will be a force to be reckoned with in 2018.