Feel like you've been spinning your wheels? There's nothing like an exciting high-speed race and some zippy family fun to get yourself back on track. With spectacular fireworks, air shows and concerts, the Firestone Grand Prix will kick everyone into high gear.
Welcome, IndyCar Racing Fans!
The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is among the most respected and exciting motorsports events in North America and features a festival-like atmosphere that includes the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes, live entertainment and interactive activities.
Dubbed the "World's Fastest Spring Break Party," the race takes place every spring on a challenging temporary street circuit overlooking the scenic waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg. Racing at speeds in excess of 170 mph on the 14-turn, 1.8 mile long street course, drivers circle the Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum, then proceed to the runways of Albert Whitted Airport.
The race is part of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in the United State and Canada. Launched in 2003, the race marked the advent of a new form of competition among engine manufacturers by having three different engines, Honda, Chevrolet and Lotus, compete for track leadership.
But the Firestone Grand Prix offers so much more than cars and speed; it's packed with family friendly fun. The fabulous floats and pyrotechnics of The Festival of States Illuminated Night Parade and Fireworks kick off the festivities as the race drivers wind through the downtown streets. Interactive games and exhibits, driver autograph sessions and live music add fuel to the good times.
Friday is chock full of practice sessions, followed by the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk 'N Wheel-a-thon. Participants get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience every curve and straightaway of the track as they run, walk or wheel around the 5k course.
Practice and qualifying sessions continue on Saturday and the main event unfolds Sunday. Concerts and air shows take place all morning long leading up to the exciting pre-race ceremonies and the Verizon IndyCar race start.
Something for Everyone at the Firestone Grand Prix
Spectators also have the opportunity to test their own racing skills at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with racing simulators and a go-kart track that encourages event-goers to put the pedal to the metal.
In addition to race excitement, this family-friendly event also includes a kids area, complete with a Ferris wheel, clowns, rock climbing, face painting and much more.
Those opting for a luxurious experience with Monaco-like style can take advantage of the prestigious Yacht Club. Specially built private floating docks let spectators view the race from the comfort of a yacht. The slips provide unprecedented vantage points at turns 10 and 11, located directly alongside the race track.
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