Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
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The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is an IndyCar Series race held in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since 2009, the race has served as the season opener, with the exception of 2010, when it was the second race of the season (but the first on U.S. soil). The race is held annually in the spring, currently in March.
The race takes place on a temporary course, utilizing downtown streets, and one runway of Albert Whitted Airport. The event dates back to 1985, with IndyCars first competing in 2003.
The SCCA Trans-Am Series held a race on a St. Petersburg downtown waterfront circuit from 1985 to 1990. Can-Am also competed in 1985. Local residents and businesses complained about noise, and the event was eventually put on hiatus. Driver Jim Fitzgerald was killed in a crash during the 1987 race. Racing in the Tampa Bay Area was then moved across town for a couple years. An IMSA race at the Florida State Fairgrounds was held in 1989 and 1990.
From 1996 to 1997, the St. Petersburg race was revived on a different course around Tropicana Field (about one mile west of the original waterfront course). Along with the Trans-Am Series, support races included U.S. FF2000, World Challenge, Pro SRF and Barber Dodge. The event subsequently went again on hiatus for several years.
In 2003, the event was revived again for the Champ Car World Series. A new, modified version of the original 1985 waterfront circuit was created.
For 2004, the event was cancelled due to a dispute between the promoters, furthermore, the bankruptcy and liquidation of the CART series into the new Champ Car World Series saw a shakeup of the calendar. When the race returned in 2005, it switched to the IndyCar Series, marking the first non-oval event for the Indy Racing League. In 2007, the race weekend was expanded to include an American Le Mans Series event.
Andretti Green Promotions would later take over promotion of the event. Starting in 2014, Firestone took over as title sponsor.
|25 March 2014||Conway Debuts in No. 20 ECR/Fuzzy's Chevy This Weekend at St. Pete||Tom Blattler|
|26 March 2014||BHA/BBM and Hawksworth Ready for IndyCar Season Opener at St. Pete||Monica Hilton, Bryan Herta Autosport|
|28 March 2014||MIKE CONWAY MAKES DEBUT IN #20 ECR/ FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVY FRIDAY IN ST. PETE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON OPENER||Tom Blattler|
|28 March 2014||MIKE CONWAY TO DEBUT THIS WEEKEND AT ST. PETERSBURG IN #20 ECR/ FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVY AT 2014 SEASON OPENER||Tom Blattler|
|29 March 2014||BHA to Start Eighth in IndyCar Season Opener||Monica Hilton, Bryan Herta Autosport|
|29 March 2014||Conway Takes 12th Saturday in Rain-delayed St. Pete Qualifying||Tom Blattler|
|30 March 2014||Conway's ECR Debut Impressive at St. Pete before Communication Issue Halts Possible Podium||Tom Blattler|
|30 March 2014||Fantastic Run Cut Short for Hawksworth in First IndyCar Race||Monica Hilton, Bryan Herta Autosport|
|10 April 2014||Mike Conway's Long Beach Blog -- "Great Race To Win"||Mike Conway|
|29 March 2015||Juan Pablo Montoya gana la primera carrera de la IndyCar 2015 en la Florida||Wikinoticias|
|8 March 2016||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg||Monica Hilton, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports|
|12 March 2016||Hinchcliffe and Aleshin to Start Ninth and 18th at St Pete; Fourth Place for Urrutia in Indy Lights Season Opener||Monica Hilton, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports|
|13 March 2016||Juan Pablo Montoya arrancó la IndyCar 2016 con victoria en San Petersburgo||Wikinoticias|
|13 March 2016||Top Five for Aleshin and 19th for Hinchcliffe at IndyCar Season Opener; Fifth Place for Negrao in Second Indy Lights Race||Monica Hilton, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports|
|7 March 2019||Safety Zone; Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida||Federal Register: DHS (H.L. Najarian)|
|13 March 2020||Safety Zone; Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida||Federal Register: DHS (Matthew A. Thompson)|
|27 October 2020||Safety Zone; Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida||Federal Register: DHS (Matthew A. Thompson)|
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