The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is one of the biggest event weekends in the Tampa Bay area and will once again serve as the opening race for the Verizon IndyCar Series season for a seventh consecutive year in 2017.
The race is run on a 1.8-mile, 14-turn waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets that circle Pioneer Park, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Dali Museum and extend onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport. Drivers frequently hit speeds in excess of 170mph.
The Grand Prix is a weekend long event featuring 3 days packed with 13 different races, non-stop action and family fun.
Whether you are a racing fan, live entertainment fan or just enjoy having a good time, there is a little something for everyone during this festival. Tickets are on sale to the public at www.gpstpete.com
Quick race facts:
First race: 1985
First IndyCar race: 2005
Distance: 198 mi (319 km)
- St. Petersburg Grand Prix (1985-1990)
- Kash n’ Karry Florida Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (1996-1997)
- Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (2005–2013)
- Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (2014-present)
Most wins (driver): Hélio Castroneves (3)
Most wins (team): Team Penske (8)
Most wins (manufacturer): Dallara (12) Honda (7)
- Surface: Asphalt/Concrete
- Length: 1.8 mi (2.9 km)
- Turns: 14
- Lap record: Will Power (1:00.2450, Dallara DW12, 2016, Verizon Indycar Series)