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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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14 Turn, 1.8 Mile Waterfront Track   

Held in late March, the Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a series of races along a picturesque 14 turn, 1.8 mile temporary track. Features include the IndyCar, Firestone Indy Lights, Pro Mazda Championship, USF2000 National Championship, and Pirelli World Challenge Championships. On site experiences include the expanded Bright House Speed Zone, Yacht Club, Indy Fan Village, autograph sessions, Stadium Supertrucks, go cart racing, celebrity sightings and more!

Click here for a comprehensive fan guide.

Sun Racer Drink Recipe

These local businesses have shared their #EmbraceTheRace specials with us! While exploring downtown, check them out!

Green Bench Brewing Co. - 20% off beers with your Grand Prix ticket stub

Museum of Fine Arts - $3 off admission with a race ticket stub

Southeastern Guide Dogs Boutique - 25% off merchandise when you mention "Embracing the Race"

The Gift Box - 15% discount on all purchases with your Grand Prix ticket stub

Vital Solutions IV Nutrition ( - 20% off Selected Services: B-12, Recovery IVs for Jet Lag, Hangover, Colds & Flu, Fatigue

Cassis (  - IndyCar Driver After Party - Sunday March 29 at 10 p.m.

Kalamazoo Olive Company - Bring in any competitors olive oil bottles, get $3 towards a purchase. 15% off some oils and vinegars

Plain Jane: (1104 Central) - Saturday, Mar. 28 complimentary mimosas 12-4pm, and 10% off purchases of $50 or more.

Milagros:  (1106 Central) - Saturday Mar. 28 those with race ticket get 15% off; complimentary margaritas 2-6 pm.


CASA Thrift Store:  (1011 1st Ave. N.)  - Mar. 27-28 35% off all purchases.

Three9 Shoes:  (15 Dr. MLK, Jr. St. S)  Mar. 27-28 30% off if you show your Grand Prix ticket stub

Ferg’s Sports Bar:  (1320 Central)  Mar. 27-29  $4 Moscow Mules, keep the glass

Ricky P’s Orleans Bistro:  free cup of gumbo to those who show race ticket

McB’s:  (1045 Central) 25-80% off all weekend for race fans; be sure to check out the Ferrari vest and other race apparel

ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing:  (1445 Central) 10% off if show race ticket; 50% off any item if you bring (the real) Helio Castroneves into the store!

Florida CraftArt - Half off mural tours Saturday March 28th

Michele Tuegel Contemporary (320 Central Ave.) - Mention 'Grand Prix' and take advantage of our jewelry offer: Buy one faux sea glass necklace, receive second necklace free

Pure Natural Nail Lounge (101 1st Ave North)- Mention the Grand Prix Special to get 20% OFF your services


Parking and Transportation Information

With more than 25,000 parking spaces within a mile of the race track, city officials expect sufficient and successful parking and transportation for the upcoming Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. 2015 parking options included:

parking garages

Park Downtown: City parking garages charged a $5-all-day event rate on Friday and a $10-all-day event rate on Saturday and Sunday. Private lots, garages and on-street parking were also be available. Observe all posted parking regulations.

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

trop shuttle

Park and Ride Shuttle from the Trop: From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. there was a FREE shuttle service from Tropicana Field to the race course. Parking at Tropicana Field was $10. The shuttle picked passengers up on 10th St. S. and dropped off passengers near the Hilton on Fourth Ave. S. between Second and Third Streets. There was a two-block walk to the race entry gate 5. The shuttle operated all three race days from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

GPmap Trolley

Take the St. Petersburg Trolley:
 The Looper Downtown Trolley and Central Avenue Shuttle (St. Pete's Trolley system) offered 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. It operates from 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, after the race. The closest Looper stop to the race course was near the Hilton on the east side of  Second St. just north of Fourth Ave. S. The Central Avenue Shuttle serves The Pier Lots (Beach Drive Lot and Pelican Lot), BayWalk, and Central Avenue from Second Ave. to the Grand Central District at 32nd St.

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.  An additional section of metered parking spaces on Central Avenue between First St. and Second St. were temporarily reserved as free parking spaces for those with valid Disabled Person Parking Permit Placards and available on a first-come, first-served basis Friday through Sunday.  City garages, the USF St. Petersburg garage and Tropicana Field provided accessible parking at the prevailing rate.  The USF St. Petersburg garage is recommended for those with limited mobility wishing to enter the 5th Ave. S. gate, while the SouthCore garage is recommended for those wishing to enter the 1st Ave. S. gate.  The Looper is wheelchair accessible and the Tropicana shuttle includes dedicated wheelchair accessible trolleys. Disabled parking at Tropicana Field was located just inside the gate at 10th St. 

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

  • Gate 1 - First Ave. S. and First St. S.
    • Wheel chair access
    • Ticket booth

  • Gate 5 - Fith Ave. S. and Second St. S.
    • Wheel chair access
    • Ticket booth 
    • Will call
Motorcycle Parking: Special motorcycle parking was available utilizing a "motorcycle corral" on Central Avenue between First and Second Streets on Saturday and Sunday only.  Spaces were available on a first-come, first served basis for $5.  Motorcycle, moped and bicycle parking were also available in permanent designated spaces on First Ave. N. between First and Second Streets and on Second St. S. between Central and First Avenue S.

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

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

  • South Stand - Second St. S. and Fourth Ave. S.

Street Closures

The following downtown streets were closed or had limited access to traffic today through race weekend:

  • Closed - Beach Dr. from Central Ave. to First Ave. S;
  • Closed - First St. from First Ave. S to Fifth Ave. S;
  • Closed until approx. April 10 - Albert Whitted Park, motorized and pedestrian traffic
  • Limited Access on Second Ave. S from First to Second St. S;
  • Limited Access - First St. S from Fifth Ave. S to Eighth Ave. S AND Sixth Ave. S from Second St. to First St.;

Bayshore Drive. S.E. from First Ave. S to Fifth Ave. S was closed to traffic for racetrack construction until Thursday, April 2.  All areas affected by Grand Prix track construction were expected to reopen by April 10.  The Saturday Morning Market was NOT be held Grand Prix weekend, but returned to its regular location at Al Lang parking lot Saturday, April 4.

Race officials urged everyone around the track construction site to use caution and heed posted signage for their own safety. Marked construction areas are closed sites even when active construction is not present and could result in serious injury if warnings are disregarded.

Throughout race weekend, Albert Whitted Airport remained open with limited access via Sixth Ave. S.  Limited access to USF-St. Petersburg, the Coast Guard Station, the Port of St. Petersburg, and Demens Landing was also available; however, the boat ramp was closed.

For Grand Prix news road closure news releases, click here.

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