Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Opens NTT Indy Car Race Series March 13-15
It’s time again for Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg! Follow the roar of the engines to downtown St. Pete to check out the action after the streets have been transformed into one of racing’s most beautiful road courses for the 16th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Indy Car Series event. The event starts on Friday, March 13, and continues Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, with several classes of cars competing, including NTT Indy Cars, the premier open-wheel racing series in North America.
The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg series offers one of the most diverse and challenging schedules in motorsports with races held on ovals, permanent road courses and temporary street courses. Action begins at 8 a.m. each morning and continues until 5:30, with the NTT Indy Car Series Finals set for Sunday afternoon starting at 2:55 and 3:30 p.m. Grandstand and General Admission tickets are available online at gpstpete.com or by calling 1-888-476-4479. Tickets also may be purchased at the gate.
The 16th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a race event held during Florida’s spring break season each March. As the IndyCar Series’ season-opening race for the ninth consecutive year, St. Pete is a destination city hosting this annual motorsport tradition and offering a festival atmosphere with its downtown location.
The temporary circuit is a 1.8-mile, 14-turn configuration using the streets circling Pioneer Park, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlooks the waterfront of Tampa Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina.
The Road to Indy Presented By Cooper Tires features some of the best young competitors as they try to reach the pinnacle of open-wheel racing America, the NTT IndyCar Series. Boasting over 100 drivers as graduates, the Road to Indy is comprised of three race series, including Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.
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