Àlex Palou continues to lead in the Indycar after being 17th in the Saint Petersburg race

Àlex Palou remains the leader of the IndyCar Series despite finishing this seventeenth Sunday at the urban circuit of St. Petersburg (Florida), where the young American pilot Colton herta achieved his first victory in the contest.

Palou, of the team Chip Ganassi Racing Honda and that last Sunday he was the winner of the first test, in the Alabama Barber Motorsports Park, led the race for two laps, but finished 17th despite finishing his race one lap from the end. He added 14 points.

The good news for Palou, 24, is that he remains at the top of the general classification, where he has 67 points, two more than the defending champion, the Australian Will power, and the New Zealander Scott dixon, eighth and fifth this Sunday in Florida.

Colton Herta left behind the frustration he experienced last week at the Alabama Grand Prix and achieved victory, his first of the new season in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Herta, who had dominated in qualifying, led a career record of 97 out of 100 laps from pole with No. 26 Gainbridge honda to prevail by 2.4933 seconds over the two-time champion, his compatriot Josef Newgarden, what pilot he car Nº2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet.

The champion in 2016, the French Simon Pagenaud, finished third with the Chevrolet Penske No. 22 Menards / Australian Gold Team on the temporary street circuit of 14 curves and 1.8 miles (2,896 kilometers).

The average speed of Herta It was 96,552 mph (155,385 kilometers per hour) in a race slowed by just three warnings.

All 24 drivers on the starting line faced temperatures below 27 degrees Celsius and high humidity, which sapped every part of their physical condition for an hour and 51 minutes that they remained behind the wheel.