In its tenth year at the temporary track in St. Petersburg, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg organizers promise this year's event will be bigger and more exciting than ever!
Many in the racing industry call it world-class championship racing in St. Pete and for the fourth consecutive year the IndyCar Series season will start with the Grand Prix in St. Pete.
"Ten years of exciting auto racing and exhilarating race weekends is worth celebrating," said Tim Ramsberger, President of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in a media release. "The event just keeps getting better and better. The support we've received from the community is tremendous and has allowed us to grow year after year. We look forward to writing a new page in this event's history and welcoming race fans from around the world to mark this milestone and showcase the best in racing for another year."
The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is run on a 1.8-mile, 14-turn waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, the Salvador Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlook the Tampa Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina.
The action starts Friday night at 6:30 with the annual Grand Prix 5K. Proceeds benefiting "Wish For Our Heroes." It's a national charity supporting active duty military personnel facing difficulties.
Our Laura Harris is live at the track all morning and through the afternoon bringing you everything you need to know before Sunday's big race.
Race starts Sunday afternoon. Green flag waves at 3:27 p.m. EST. Pre-race coverage starts on ABC at 3:00 p.m. EST.
For more information on race weekend, visit their website at http://www.gpstpete.com .