Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama 2013: Preview, Live Stream, Time and Schedule

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama 2013: Preview, Live Stream, Time and Schedule
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Honda-powered entries will be looking for better results at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday.

Collectively they didn't fare too well at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 24. Chevrolet engines dominated the top 10 with Scott Dixon producing the best results for Honda engines at fifth place.

Here are the final results from St. Petersburg, per USA Today, (the starting position is in parentheses, followed by the driver, engine and status at the end of the race).

1. (4) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
2. (5) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
3. (7) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
4. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
5. (20) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
6. (3) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
7. (22) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110, Running
8. (2) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
9. (13) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
10. (17) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running

The rivalry between Honda and Chevrolet is just one of the storylines to watch in Sunday's race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. Here's how you can watch the race.

 

When: Sunday, April 6 - Practice Final 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., Race 3:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. (All times are eastern standard time)

Where: Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

TV: NBC

Live Stream: NBCSports.com

 

Entry List

 Per the Miami Herald, (the car number is listed first, followed by the driver, his or her's hometown and their racing team).

 

#1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL DHL/Andretti Autosport

#2 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) IZOD/Team Penske

#3 Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil AAA Insurance/Team Penske

#4 J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA) U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing

#5 E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela) Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM

#6 Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia Dragon Racing

#7 Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France) Dragon Racing

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Scott Dixon currently finished fifth in St. Petersburg

#9 Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand) Target/Chip Ganassi Racing

#10 Dario Franchitti (Edinburgh,Scotland Banana Boat/Chip Ganassi Racing

#11 Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil) Hydroxycut/KV Racing Technology

#12 Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia) Verizon/Team Penske

#14 Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan) ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Enterprises

#15 Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH) Midas/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

#16 James Jakes (Leeds, England) Acorn Stairlifts/RLL Racing

#18 To Be Announced Dale Coyne Racing

#19 Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England) Dale Coyne Racing

#20 Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN) Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing

#22 Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain) Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

#25 Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA) RC Cola/Andretti Autosport

#27 James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada) GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport

#55 Tristan Vautier (Corenc, France) Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

#67 Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN) Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

#77 Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France Schmidt-Hamilton HP Motorsports

#78 Simona de Silvestro (Thun, Switzer.) Nuclear Entergy Areva/KVRT

#83 Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA) Race With Insulin/Chip Ganassi Rac

#98 Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, QB, Canada Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autospt

 

Favorites

 

James Hinchcliffe

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The 26-year-old Canadian grabbed his first victory at St. Petersburg and therefore is leading the IZOD IndyCar series standings.

He led the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for 26 laps and the former Sunoco Rookie of the Year looks poised to evolve into a star.

Hinchcliffe drives the No. 27 car and he is definitely one to watch on Sunday.

 

Helio Castroneves

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With 21 wins on the circuit, this Penske Racing star is almost always considered a favorite. He set the bar during the practice sessions with a best time of 1m08.5540s, per Dave Malsher of Racer.com.

He also finished second to Hinchcliffe in St. Petersburg, despite leading the race for 42 laps. Castroneves won in Birmingham race in 2010, and he has to be looked at as the man to beat this year.

The combination of past success, his recent run at St. Petersburg and his blazing practice speeds makes him my pick to win.

 

Will Power

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Besides having one of the best name in sports, Power has also turned into a perennial threat to finish first each season in the standings.

He hasn't been able to grab the top spot as of yet, (he finished second in the overall standings in 2010, 2011 and 2012), but he is looking to make this the year he is second to none.

The 32-year-old Australian already has 16 wins in just under five years on the IndyCar series, and he's the defending champion at Barber.

He didn't have his best effort at St. Petersburg as he finished 16th. He needs to step it up at Barber to get in position to accomplish his goal.

 

Sleeper


Takuma Sato

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Sato is probably Honda's best chance at a top three finish in this race. He has never won on the IndyCar series, so I am stepping out on a limb predicting he will be a factor here.

Sato recently signed with A.J. Foyt Racing and one of the traits that made him attractive to them is his aggressive style.

The 36-year-old Japanese driver will almost certainly be looking to make a splash early in this relationship.

Barber Motorsports Park features a 2.38-mile track that genuinely doesn't lend itself to many passing opportunities. But those who dare could find themselves in enviable positions, or causing wrecks that impact the entire race.

Sato is the type of driver that is willing to take a chance.

 

Weather

Per Weather.com, there is zero percent chance for rain and the high is 71 degrees with things cooling off significantly later on.


The low is 49 degrees, but all in all, it looks to be a good day for racing.

 

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