Free Community Event Will Kick Off Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Race Weekend
ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 6, 2020) – INDYCAR’s Party in the Park at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, a unique fan experience to kick off the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, will be held Thursday, March 12, in North Straub Park, positioned between Bayshore Dr. NE and Beach Dr. NE in downtown St. Petersburg along the waterfront.
The event, free to the public, will feature special guests, including all NTT INDYCAR SERIES athletes, plus prizes, food trucks and fireworks. Race cars from all seven racing series running on the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend schedule will be on display, including almost every NTT INDYCAR SERIES car. The event begins at 6 p.m., with fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
Among the athletes scheduled to attend are Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, who won last year’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on his way to capturing his second NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship in three years. Newgarden’s teammate, Simon Pagenaud, the winner of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, also is scheduled to attend.
Local food trucks Maggie on the Move and Slammer Shop plan to be parked on Bayshore Dr. NE. There will be a DJ hosting the activities along with music and giveaways every 15 minutes, plus special prizes such as race weekend pace car rides and racing merchandise.
The 16th Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg returns as the opening race for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for the 10th consecutive year. The event also features six support racing series on track with four of the six opening their 2020 seasons in St. Petersburg.
The 13 races are headlined by Sunday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race. Doubleheader features will be held for all three levels of the Road to Indy development program: Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Sports car racing is also part of the weekend schedule with doubleheader races from SRO Motorsports Group’s GT4 America & TC America Series and IMSA’s Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.
Tickets for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg can be purchased at gpstpete.com or by calling 1-888-476-4479.
INDYCAR PARTY IN THE PARK
When: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 6-8 p.m. EDT
Location: North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg
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INDYCAR PARTY IN THE PARK
INDYCAR is the Indianapolis-based governing body for North America's premier open-wheel auto racing series known as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The series features an international field of the world's most versatile drivers - including five-time series champion Scott Dixon, reigning series champion Josef Newgarden and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud - who compete on superspeedways, short ovals, street circuits and permanent road courses. The season, which runs from March to September, currently consists of 17 races in the United States and Canada and is highlighted by the historic Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge held annually in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. For more information on INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, please visit www.indycar.com.
ABOUT FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG
The 16th 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 10th 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 St. Petersburg, LLC, whose affiliates also promote three additional IndyCar races, Honda Indy Toronto (July 10-12, 2020), The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (August 14-16, 2020) and Grand Prix of Portland (September 4-6, 2020).
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