March 8-10, the 15th Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will take over the city’s waterfront.
The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is among the most respected motorsports events in North America, which includes the fastest racing series on the planet along with celebrity athletes. The drivers that participate in the Grand Prix are known to frequently hit speeds above 170 mph as the 1.8 mile, 14-turn course winds through the streets of downtown, circling the Duke Energy Center, the world famous Dali Museum, and onto the runway of Albert Whitted Airport, all while overlooking St. Petersburg’s scenic waterfront.
Whether you are a fan of fast cars and world-class drivers, or care more for the live entertainment and street vendors, this week-long, festival-like experience offers something for everyone. Aside from the motorsport-excitement, there will be interactive activities such as Speed Zone, IndyCar Series Fan Village, beer gardens, driver autograph sessions, and other games and exhibits. According to ABC Action News, “the Grand Prix attracts 100,000 people to downtown St Pete every year.” The crowds have grown by 25% over the last five years, making it a weekend you won’t want to miss. Below are some things you need to know if you want to attend this annual event.
- The first qualifying race begins at 11:45 am on Friday, March 8
- Autograph sessions are scheduled for 12:30-1:15 pm, 3:00-3:30 pm, and 3:45-4:14 pm
- MBA 5K run in North Straub Park kicks off at 6:00 pm
- Saturday’s events run from 8 am until after 6 pm and include USF2000 races, GT4, Indy Lights and more
- An autograph session will be held in between the races from 1:00-2:00 pm
- Sunday’s events begin around 9 am and end at 5:35 pm
- Sunday will feature the main event, the 110 lap, Green Flag Verizon Indy Car Series race. That race will be broadcast on ABC beginning at 12:30 pm
Tickets are available online or can be purchased at the gate for the three full days, single day tickets or paddock passes. Three-day passes start at $55 for general admission and single-day tickets vary depending on the day. Reserved grandstand seats are also available for purchase.
Get ready to rev your engines, Saint Pete! This weekend is going to be one of the books.