Hit the Gas – Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: Everything You Need to Know Before the Race!


St. Petersburg gears up for the 20th edition of the Firestone Grand Prix, igniting the city with the excitement of high-speed racing and entertainment. The main event, featuring the INDYCAR Series, takes center stage on Sunday, following a week filled with thrilling activities for fans of all ages.

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Weekend Schedule

The action-packed weekend kicks off with the INDYCAR Party in the Park on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at North Straub Park, setting the tone for the festivities to come. Friday’s lineup includes practice sessions and qualifiers for the USF Pro 2000 and USF2000, along with an autograph session in the Fan Village downtown.

Racing Highlights

Saturday sees the adrenaline levels soar with the first races starting just before 11 a.m., leading up to the highly anticipated 100-lap Grand Prix on Sunday. Fans can also enjoy a live concert by Bret Michaels on Saturday, accessible with either a 3-day pass or a Saturday single-day ticket.

Event Details

Tickets for the Firestone Grand Prix are still available and can be purchased online. As downtown streets are transformed into a racing circuit, certain areas will be blocked off, ensuring a safe and thrilling experience for spectators.

Parking will be available at Tropicana Field in Lots 1 & 2 for $15/day, with a free shuttle service to the race course for added convenience. Attendees can also opt for the SunRunner shuttle, offering discounted fares for Grand Prix attendees.

Guests are reminded to review the list of permissible and prohibited items before attending the event, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for all. From refillable bottles to recognized mobility aids, attendees can bring essential items while adhering to safety guidelines.

For additional details on accessibility, entry gates, and other event-related inquiries, visitors can visit the Firestone Grand Prix website for comprehensive information to enhance their experience.