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An NTT IndyCar Series race held on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The event dates back to 2003, and the name dates back to 2014 when Firestone became title sponsor.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg page on 14 September 2019, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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.


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
25 March 2014Conway Debuts in No. 20 ECR/Fuzzy's Chevy This Weekend at St. Pete Tom Blattler
26 March 2014BHA/BBM and Hawksworth Ready for IndyCar Season Opener at St. PeteMonica Hilton, Bryan Herta Autosport
28 March 2014MIKE CONWAY MAKES DEBUT IN #20 ECR/ FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVY FRIDAY IN ST. PETE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON OPENERTom Blattler
28 March 2014MIKE CONWAY TO DEBUT THIS WEEKEND AT ST. PETERSBURG IN #20 ECR/ FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVY AT 2014 SEASON OPENER Tom Blattler
29 March 2014BHA to Start Eighth in IndyCar Season Opener Monica Hilton, Bryan Herta Autosport
29 March 2014Conway Takes 12th Saturday in Rain-delayed St. Pete Qualifying Tom Blattler
30 March 2014Conway's ECR Debut Impressive at St. Pete before Communication Issue Halts Possible Podium Tom Blattler
30 March 2014Fantastic Run Cut Short for Hawksworth in First IndyCar Race Monica Hilton, Bryan Herta Autosport
10 April 2014Mike Conway's Long Beach Blog -- "Great Race To Win" Mike Conway
29 March 2015Juan Pablo Montoya gana la primera carrera de la IndyCar 2015 en la Florida Wikinoticias
8 March 2016Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: Firestone Grand Prix of St. PetersburgMonica Hilton, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
12 March 2016Hinchcliffe and Aleshin to Start Ninth and 18th at St Pete; Fourth Place for Urrutia in Indy Lights Season OpenerMonica Hilton, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
13 March 2016Juan Pablo Montoya arrancó la IndyCar 2016 con victoria en San Petersburgo Wikinoticias
13 March 2016Top Five for Aleshin and 19th for Hinchcliffe at IndyCar Season Opener; Fifth Place for Negrao in Second Indy Lights RaceMonica Hilton, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
7 March 2019Safety Zone; Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FloridaFederal Register: DHS (H.L. Najarian)
13 March 2020Safety Zone; Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FloridaFederal Register: DHS (Matthew A. Thompson)
27 October 2020Safety Zone; Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FloridaFederal Register: DHS (Matthew A. Thompson)


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