The Verizon IndyCar series started 2017 with a charging Frenchman from the back of the grid. Sebastien Bourdais comeback win from last place is one for the ages, but admitted he had some luck today.

“Let’s face it, we got a lucky break with that yellow there to cycle to the front, which made up for my mistake in qualifying,” said Bourdais to Motorsport.com. “We definitely capitalized on that.

“It’s probably the hardest race to recover.

“Because it’s really hard to pass and every time we come here, and it looks like we have a reasonable car, and that was the case this weekend, and I threw it away [in qualifying].”

Here are some other talking points from the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

  • Charlie Kimball caused a four-car incident on the opening lap that affected all involved.
  • Simon Pagenaud recovered nicely from P14 to take P2, in his first race as defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion.
  • Spencer Pigot was charging through the field after starting P13 until a brake fire ended his race.
  • Will Power went from pole-sitter to DNF after mechanical issues forced him to retire.

These are just some of the the storylines from the first race of the 2017 IndyCar Series season at St. Petersburg. For a full team-by-team recap, start the slideshow.

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