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CONTACT: Nina Mahmoudi, City of St. Petersburg Marketing Manager, 727-893-7466 or

Steve Bidlack, Manager, Marketing and Communications, 419-884-4000 Ext. 4623 or



ST. PETERSBURG, FL (March 6, 2017) - Downtown St. Petersburg is open for all race fans, visitors and residents alike as the city welcomes three days of fast cars, world-class drivers and family fun on the waterfront during the 13th Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 10-12. 

As the season-opening event for the seventh consecutive year on the 17-race Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, downtown St. Petersburg transforms into one of racing's most beautiful road courses and offers spectacular track-side waterfront views for fans of all ages. The IndyCar 110-lap feature will be broadcast to a national television audience on ABC beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, and in total, 13 races will take the green flag during the weekend schedule

Mayor Rick Kriseman will host a flag raising ceremony Thursday, March 9 at 10 a.m. this year with a brand new, official Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg flag. Kim Green and Kevin Savoree, owners and promoters of the Firestone Grand Prix, will also participate in the ceremony, held on the northwest lawn of City Hall, 175 5th Street N.

To get the Grand Prix weekend off to a speedy start, everyone is invited to embrace the race with live music, arts-and-crafts and family fun at the free Fast Friday festivities in North Straub Park on Friday, March 10. The party kicks off at 6:15 p.m. with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K presented by Modern Business Associates in North Straub Park. Athletes of all ages and abilities will run along a waterfront course that takes place completely on the iconic 1.8-mile, 14-turn racetrack. Advance registration is $35. Proceeds will benefit the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg. In addition to the race, a free Movies on the Lawn event will be held on the north wall of the Museum of Fine Arts, with a family favorite, Cars. Kids can enjoy a free arts activity - a build your own racecar' crafts station coordinated by the Morean Arts Center. Music and the arts activity begin at 6 p.m., with the movie starting at dark. Join us again on Saturday night for Talladega Nights, this time in Williams Park, 330 2nd Ave. N. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at dark.

Everyone is welcome to visit St. Petersburg's dining and retail district before, during, and after the race. Transportation and parking information can be found online at For other events in St. Petersburg during race weekend, visit

Get Social - Follow @StPeteFL for the latest updates and standings and show support by using #EmbraceTheRace while sharing photos and comments on Facebook.

To learn more about the racing event, visit, like' its Facebook page at or follow the event on Twitter @GPSTPETE #FirestoneGP.

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