15th Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
One of the largest annual spectator events returns to the Tampa Bay area next week. This is the opening event for the NTT IndyCar Series season for the ninth consecutive year.
March 8-10, 2019
Thursday & Friday, February 28 & March 1
IndyCar Street-Legal, Two-Seater Rides
Location: Your TV station or various spots in Tampa/St. Petersburg
Media can capture unique video while taking a ride in the IndyCar Street-Legal, Two-Seater. It can be scheduled to come by your station (7 a.m.-10 a.m. this Thursday) or on location. This will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Other times may be available on Thursday, Feb. 28 or Friday, March 1 if the Thursday morning slot does not work. The vehicle will also make appearances at pre-scheduled events in Tampa and St. Petersburg both days.
Wednesday, March 6 - 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mayor’s Challenge and Media Pro-Am Karting event
Location: Turn 1 of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg track
Following Mayor Kriseman’s annual Mayor's Challenge against other local mayors and civic leaders, team up with pro drivers racing in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in a media karting challenge. These drivers will also be available for one-on-one interviews.
IndyCar drivers participating: Sebastien Bourdais, Ben Hanley, Colton Herta
Road to Indy drivers participating: Rinus Veekay, Kyle Kirkwood, Hunter McElrea
Additional drivers from World Challenge Championship.
Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon, sons of the late IndyCar racer and local resident Dan Wheldon, will also participate.
Thursday, March 7 - 10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
City of St. Petersburg Flag Raising Ceremony
Location: City Hall, 175 5th St. N., St. Petersburg FL 33701
IndyCar drivers will help raise the Firestone Grand Prix flag at City Hall with Mayor Rick Kriseman and race co-owners Kim Green and Kevin Savoree.
Thursday, March 7 - 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Chamber Green Flag Lunch at The Vinoy Renaissance
Location: The Vinoy Renaissance, 501 5th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 - Grand Ballroom
One-on-one media interviews scrum with drivers available at 10:30 a.m. in Fred’s Room on lower lower of The Vinoy Renaissance with luncheon immediately following.
IndyCar drivers: Reigning series champion Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson, Santino Ferrucci, Ben Hanley, Jack Harvey, Colton Herta, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Jones, and Felix Rosenqvist
Road to Indy drivers: Oliver Askew, Sting Ray Robb
Friday, March 8-Sunday, March 10
Live TV Remotes on site at the Race Weekend
Location: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg site
Please advise if you plan to do any live or taped television hits originating from the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Assistance with content can be coordinated if you communicate in advance the day, time and length of your hits. Event media credentials required.
Friday, March 8 - 6 p.m. Race Start
7th Annual MBA 5K Run on the Firestone Grand Prix Track
Location: Race begins on Bay Shore Dr. just north of the race track and east of North Straub Park near the The Vinoy Renaissance.
This run or walk event happens on the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg track and will be run in the racetrack direction for the first time. Over $120,00 has been raised for the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg the past two years.
Saturday, March 9 - 11:20 a.m.
2018 Winner's Plaque Installation and Dedication
Location: Dan Wheldon Way and Victory Circle Monuments (outside Turn 10)
A photo and video opportunity with St. Petersburg resident and driver Sebastien Bourdais, team owners Dale Coyne, Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan installing their winner's plaque from last year's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg victory along with Mayor Rick Kriseman and race co-owners Kim Green and Kevin Savoree.
If possible, please confirm your attendance via email to Steve Bidlack at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 614-214-6359 (mobile)
Please note that times and drivers participating subject to change.
ABOUT FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG
The 15th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a race event held during Florida’s spring break season each March. As the NTT IndyCar Series’ season-opening race for the ninth consecutive year, St. Pete is a destination city hosting this annual motorsports tradition and offering a festival atmosphere with its downtown location. The temporary circuit is a 1.8-mile, 14-turn configuration using the streets circling Pioneer Park, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlooks the waterfront of Tampa Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina. Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, which also promotes three additional IndyCar races, Honda Indy Toronto (July 12-14, 2019), The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (July 26-28, 2019) and Grand Prix of Portland (August 30-September 1, 2019).
For more information, visit gpstpete.com, ‘like’ its Facebook page at @GPSTPETE or follow the event on Twitter @GPSTPETE and Instagram @GPSTPETE using #FirestoneGP.