The city of St. Petersburg dedicated a roadway March 7, 2011 to honor race car driver and city resident Dan Wheldon, who lost his life in a racing accident at the end of the 2011 racing season in Las Vegas. The dedication ceremony took place at the corner of Bayshore Drive and Albert Whitted Park (also known as Turn #10) during the Firestone Grand Prix.
New this year is the Dan Wheldon monument and Victory Circle, a collaborative venture between INDYCAR, American Firestone Motor Company, Inc., Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and the City of St. Petersburg.
The project consists of two concrete monoliths, one honoring the life and legacy of Dan Wheldon, and the other commemorating past and future Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg race winners.
Panels are constructed of concrete to symbolize the concrete barriers associated with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg race circuit.
Individual plaques will commemorate Dan Wheldon's race highlights and previous Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winners. The monument is set on a base of cobblestone and brick pavers, to symbolize streets in both of Dan's homeland and adopted home city of St. Petersburg.