Izod IndyCar: Danica and Co. Travel to the Land of the Spring-Breakers

Sandra MacWattersCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2010

ST.PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 04:  Darren Manning ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara Honda during practice for the IRL IndyCar Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg April 4, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Spring is in the air and in just a few days, Danica Patrick and her fellow IndyCar racers will travel to scenic St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Honda Grand Prix of St. Pete, held along the breathtaking waterfront, is a challenging, curvy circuit.

For Danica, this race has not been a favorite for her. Patrick's best finish was sixth in 2008. The worst finish was 19th in 2009.

The beautiful street course has been compared to Monte Carlo. The cars speed into tricky turns along side the expansive bay filled with luxury yachts and sailboats.

Last year, Ryan Briscoe raced to a win followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay and Justin Wilson.

Average speed of the 2009 race was 81.542 mph with seven caution flags and five lead changes.

This year Gen. David Petraeus of the Tampa-based U.S. Central Command will be the Grand Marshall.

For trivia buffs, after 14 years, only four drivers have won the second race of the year and the series championship.

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The tough 1.8 mile St. Pete track has 14 turns which not only make the race exciting for the drivers, but fans as well.

Dario Franchitti is the 2009 champion for the series. It is highly likely his wife Ashley Judd might be seen in one of the upscale boutiques along the track.

The reigning champ is sure to have tough competition from Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay, who finished in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions respectively at Sao Paulo.

Drivers like Dixon, Briscoe, Castroneves, and Kanaan will be troublesome for Danica, as they seem to adapt better to the quick turns.

In a city full of spring-breakers, gorgeous vistas, and a plethora of events, expect to see some racin' and rubbin', open-wheeled style.

It really is the world's fastest spring break party.