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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

March 10-12, 2017

14 Turn, 1.8 Mile Waterfront Track

The 13th Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St.Petersburg is a series of races along a picturesque 14 turn, 1.8 mile temporary track. A diverse racing lineup featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series, Pirelli World Challenge and the entire Mazda Road to Indy ladder series, which includes Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, along with the excitement of Stadium Super Trucks.

Our downtown is OPEN for business

Local business support race fans, experience the shopping, tastes and sounds of our city.

THE ARTS - Along the streets of St. Petersburg, discover one of the highest ranked arts destinations in America - from world class museums on the waterfront like The Dali, Museum of Fine Arts or the Chihuly Collection, to eclectic galleries along the 600 Block of Central Avenue traveling west to Grand Central and the Warehouse Arts District.

RESTAURANTS & BARS - From fashionable restaurant row along Beach Drive and the upscale offerings at nearby Sundial to ethnic eateries, bistros and cafes, sample food and drinks at more than 100 establishments downtown.

CRAFT BEER SCENE - Think of it as the Sunshine City’s answer to California’s wine country. Along St.Pete’s Central Avenue and downtown corridor visit an array of small, independent breweries crafting fresh artisanal beers unavailable anywhere else. Join other beer enthusiasts and sample them right on the spot, take a tour, meet the brewer and cart some beer home with you.

RETAIL - The recently opened shops at Sundial welcome you long with unique boutiques, antique shops, and galleries throughout Downtown, the Edge and Grand Central districts. They’re all within reach aboard the St.Petersburg Trolley.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT - St. Petersburg rocks after dark at listening rooms such as the Hideaway or dozens of venues where live music and entertainment abounds. Check out the side door jazz offerings at the Palladium or the visiting acts at Jannus Live or the State Theater.


Movies On The Lawn

Embrace the race with the city of St. Pete for our movies on the lawn: race weekend edition:

Family Night: Friday, March 10 - Cars
Event starts at 6 p.m., Movie starts at dark
North Straub Park - North Lawn of the MFA
Free - Kids' 'Build-A-Race-Car' craft station (while supplies last)

Date Night: Saturday, March 11 - Talladega Night
Event starts at 6 p.m., Movie starts at dark
Williams Park - 330 2nd Ave. N.

Movie events are free and open to the public.

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K

Event: 5th Annual Firestone Grand Prix 5K Run presented by Modern Business Associates benefiting the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg

Date: Friday, March 10, 2017

Time: 6:15 p.m. EST start (approx.)

Cost:  $35 

Registration includes race entry and T-shirt.Registration: Opens Thursday, Dec. 1, at

Parking and Transportation Information

2017 parking options include:

Park Downtown: City parking garages are a $5-all-day event rate on Friday and a $15-all-day event rate on Saturday and Sunday. Private lots, garages and on-street parking are also be available. Observe all posted parking regulations.

  • South Core
    (enter from the north side of First Avenue S. between Second and First Streets)
  • MidCore/Sundial Garage
    (enter from Second Street between First and Second Avenues N.)

Park and Ride Shuttle from the Trop: From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. there is a FREE shuttle service from Tropicana Field to the race course. Park in Lots 1 and 2 at Tropicana Field, the cost will be $10. The shuttle picks passengers up on 16th Street S. and drops off passengers at Second Street S. and Fifth Avenue S. The shuttle operates all three race days from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Take the St. Petersburg Trolley: The Looper Downtown Trolley and Central Avenue Shuttle (St. Pete's trolley system) offers rides throughout Grand Prix weekend for .50 per person. The Looper provides a circular route between the city's parking facilities, hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Parking for persons with disabilities: All permanent on-street accessible spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge - some have time limits but most are available for all-day parking. City garages, the USF St. Petersburg garage and Tropicana Field provide accessible parking at the prevailing rate. The USF St. Petersburg garage is recommended for those with limited mobility wishing to enter the 5th Avenue S. gate, while the SouthCore garage is recommended for those wishing to enter the First Avenue S. gate. The Looper is wheelchair accessible and the Tropicana shuttle includes dedicated wheelchair accessible trolleys. Disabled parking at Tropicana Field is located just inside the gate at 10th Street.

Entry Gates: There are two entry gates to the race course. Both gates offered wheelchair access. There is intermittent time when wheelchairs can cross the actual racetrack, with estimated crossing times posted on-site.

  • Gate 1 - First Avenue S. and First Street S.
    • Wheel chair access
    • Ticket booth
  • Gate 5 - Fifth Avenue S. and Second Street S.
    • Wheel chair access
    • Ticket booth
    • Will call

Motorcycle Parking: Special motorcycle parking is available utilizing "motorcycle corrals" on the west sides of First Street between First Avenue S. and Central Avenue and Central Avenue and First Avenue N. on Saturday and Sunday only. Spaces are available on a first-come, first served basis for $5. Motorcycle, moped and bicycle parking is also available in permanent designated spaces on First Avenue N., between First and Second Streets, and on Second Street S. between Central and First Avenue S.

Ride Your Bike: A large number of temporary bicycle racks are available outside each entry gate in addition to the more than 75 permanent bicycle rack locations throughout the downtown area.

Taxi: Taxi stands are located at the designated areas and offer a variety of taxi services for race days.

  • Southwest Stand - Third Street S. and Fifth Avenue S.
  • Southeast Stand - Second Street S. and Fourth Avenue S.

Traffic Detours

The following downtown streets are closed or have limited access to traffic through race weekend:

  • Closed - Beach Dr. from Central Avenue to First Avenue S.;
  • Closed - First Street from First Avenue S. to Fifth Avenue S.;
  • Closed - Albert Whitted Park, motorized and pedestrian traffic
  • Limited Access on Second Avenue S. from First to Second Street S.;
  • Limited Access - First Street S. from Fifth Avenue S to Eighth Avenue S. AND Sixth Avenue S. from Second Street to First Street;

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