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12. 2016 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Streets of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida
Race Winner: Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya took the IndyCar Series’ season opener for the 2nd consecutive year, and he did so by getting around both Conor Daly, who was running competitively up at the front of the field because of pit strategy, and Simon Pagenaud, who started the race on pole after Will Power was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms. This race was competitive with a fair amount of passing, and strategy played its part in putting underdog cars at the front of the field. It was not a bad way to open up this season.
11. 2016 Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana
Race Winner: Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud won at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis for the 2nd time in three seasons. He led much of the race, but that did not stop pit strategy from playing a key role in the results. Conor Daly and Helio Castroneves combined to lead a solid amount of laps towards the middle of the race on an alternate pit strategy. Unfortunately for Daly, his final pit stop was not the greatest, allowing Simon Pagenaud to pass him on the track, and unfortunately for Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud just flat-out outdrove him to claim another victory at Indianapolis.
10. 2016 Grand Prix of Phoenix, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Arizona
Race Winner: Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon dominated the race after two of Roger Penske’s drivers, Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya, who were both at the front of the field, had tires go down on their cars on early in the race. Once Scott Dixon took the lead because of this, nobody ever looked back, even after all of the caution flag periods that messed up a lot of drivers’ pit strategies. The race featured a fair amount of passing, and the IndyCar Series’ return to Phoenix proved to be an overall success.
9. 2016 Kohler Grand Prix, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Race Winner: Will Power
This race probably featured the most passing and side to side battles on a road course that the series had seen in a while, especially towards the end of the race. The race, however, only ended up with a total of 4 lead changes, despite a margin of victory of only .743 seconds by Will Power over Tony Kanaan. Overall, the racing was competitive and the successful race weekend showed that the series was right to return to Road America.