Good win for Castroneves today, particularly impressed with his pass on Dixon at turn one. Relaxing the defensive driving rules seems to have paid off!
Power looked to have it under control over the first dozen laps but that early pit call was a disaster.
Bourdais showed some good pace with the Lotus engine during the race as well but they’re clearly suffering from limited development and have some work to do.
And a fairly low-key run from Barrichello on his debut with 17th, spoiled by a late-race ‘splash and dash’.
Judging from his interview before the race I’d say Franchitti still has some significant reservations about the new car. Dropping to 13th on the last lap by running out of fuel won’t have improved matters. But if anyone stood to lose from the switch away from the old cars it was the guy who won four titles in them.
The first race with the new cars wasn’t a classic and there were some technical problems, though really not as many as there might have been. The good news for the season ahead is Chevrolet and Honda seem closely-matched.