Hinchcliffe picked off his first IndyCar win here last season, but admits that it will be hard to repeat that feat.
“I’m not sitting here saying like, yeah, well we did it once, we can do it again,” Hinchcliffe admits, “because it isn’t, it’s going to be really tough. And the series is so competitive and there’s so many unknowns heading into that first race, a bunch of things change in the off season but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Helio Castroneves will be trying to one-up his teammate Scott Dixon this season, who he finished second to in the 2013 drivers’ standings. Castroneves is the only multi-time winner of the St. Pete circuit and is heading into the weekend with a positive vibe.
“When you put all this atmosphere together it’s great, plus the track, it’s a mix of street course with airport together, so, it’s cool.
“And another plus, for me, it’s actually only a four hour drive from my home, so all these things, it’s great to start a season at a great event and it’s even better when the track suits you.”
Rahal, meanwhile, has had a rough start to the 2014 season already, with his hauler catching fire earlier in the week (click HERE for details).
However, the 2008 St. Pete winner believes that his 2014 IndyCar season should be much more positive than his 2013 one:
“In my trophy room in my house it’s all second-place trophies. I’ve had opportunity to win from time to time, unfortunately it didn’t just come together.
“I think we have a good opportunity this year. I feel with National Guard it helps take our team to a whole new level. Of course, with Bill Pappas, John Dick, all the guys we brought onboard, that’s going to help a lot.”