Did you really think the only chance to witness cars racing through city streets is in a video game? The roar of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg says otherwise, returning in March 2023!
The main event – the NTT INDYCAR SERIES – is the “NFL” of open-wheel racing in North America. The season-long series is characterized by a variety of course types (oval, permanent road, and temporary street courses). In other words, the race is brought to our own backyard, and St. Pete gets to play host!
The Friday through Sunday racing festival has drivers sweeping through the downtown bay front streets of St. Pete, screeching around the runway of the Albert Whitted Airport (!!), and leaving the Dali Museum in the dust. How cool is that?
Please use comfortable shoes! Your feet will thank you after Grand Prix. The last thing you want is to have sore feet 😖
Yup, you heard us. We don't want to parent you, but you'll be under the sun for who knows how long! Make sure to take breaks under the shade, and wear lots of sunscreen!
Keep in mind as you make your way around that at certain times you may need to cross the race track. For safety reasons, the race track is open for crossing periodically.
We can't count the number of times our phones have died in the worst of moments. You'll be out and about, having fun - BOOM, where's everyone? Whoops, your phone's dead.
Make sure to have something to eat before heading to Grand Prix, and that you snack throughout the day, too!
The season opener will have country music star, Trace Adkins, as a main performer!
Streets of St. Petersburg, 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit (clockwise) through downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, including a runway of Albert Whitted Airport
100 laps / 180 miles (NTT INDYCAR SERIES) | 45 laps / 81 miles / 55 minutes (INDY NXT by Firestone)
Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske have won the past 10 titles. Keep that in mind, do you think another team will take more titles this year?
In addition to the 100-lap NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on Sunday, March 5th, the week of events will also include the full gamut of practice and qualifying runs beginning Friday, March 3rd across multiple race series, including the INDY NXT by Firestone and the USF Pro Championships Presented By Cooper Tires (both consisting of talented drivers hoping to one day join the NTT INDYCAR SERIES), and GT America powered by AWS.
Make sure to follow the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Twitter for updates!
Tickets are available as a single-day or 3-day pass, with Grandstand and General Admission options. The best value is the $65 3-day General Admission ticket, which only costs $5 more than the Sunday pass.
To guarantee a seat we recommend the Grandstand pass, with tickets starting at $95 for one day.
Make sure you download the map on your phone as well!
Everyone likes a good food truck, right? To help kick off the weekend of festivities, make your way to Tropicana field for Friday Night Bites to enjoy a night of local and regional food trucks and desserts, vendors, and more! Free access and free parking are a plus.
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