Dana to Skip St. Petersburg

Paul Dana and his Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing team have decided to skip this weekend's round of the Indy Racing League at St. Petersburg in Florida, the championship's first race on a road course

Dana to Skip St. Petersburg

Although Dana currently leads the rookie standings after the first two races of the year, his team feel that their weekend will be better spent focusing on improving their oval pace ahead of May's Indy 500 rather than racing on the street circuit.

"We are going to do a few days of oval testing to try and get our program sorted out, and since the other two road course events aren't until later in the year, hopefully we will have some time to get our road course car put together and tested before then," said Dana.

"I started out in road racing up in Canada so I'm really excited that the series is going in this direction. It's frustrating to have to sit out one of the early events, but we've gotten such a late start to the season we've got to pick our battles a little bit."

Dana and Hemelgarn will return to action at Motegi in Japan on April 30.

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