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Thousands watch IndyCar street practice

Updated: April 1, 2005, 8:40 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- When IndyCar Series officials reminded drivers Friday morning that the first turn they'd be taking was a right-hander, it wasn't an April Fool's joke.

Actually, the green flag to start the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend was nothing less than the start of an exciting new era for the IRL.

The first non-oval race in series history is exciting for the series participants, because road racing is what the IndyCar drivers, sponsors and manufacturers have ...

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