ABC, Grand Prix Speed into St. Pete this Weekend

IndyCar Series race to be broadcast live to a national audience on Sunday

Thursday, March 22, 2012

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (March 22, 2012) - Featuring a record 10 races over three days, including Sunday's Izod IndyCar Series season opener, the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg tears into town this weekend with sizzling hot action on and off the track.

Huge crowds are expected to flock to what's been dubbed the 'World's Fastest Spring Break Party,' along St. Pete's palm-dappled bayfront. World-class museums, sidewalk cafes and luxury yachts moored just feet from the action provide a Monaco-like setting for one of the racing world's most exciting and anticipated contests. 

The celebration begins later today with USF2000 (5:35 p.m.) and Star Mazda (6:10 p.m.) practice sessions, followed by the popular Festival of States parade at 7:30 p.m. A fan-favorite since 1969, the illuminated parade winds its way through downtown St. Petersburg.

Throughout the weekend, speed enthusiasts can witness a variety of racing circuits qualifying and competing on the streets of St. Pete, including the IndyCars. St. Pete's 1.8-mile-long, 14-turn track starts on runway 7/25 at the Albert Whitted Airport, twists and turns through downtown, then hugs the waterfront on Bayshore Drive.

ABC will broadcast Sunday's IndyCar race live at 12:30 p.m., with live streaming of onboard cameras on ESPN3.

But street racing isn't the only attraction you'll find at the Grand Prix. The event will also feature a 5K run, autograph sessions, beer gardens, fireworks, interactive games and exhibits and other family-friendly entertainment.

This year's schedule is as follows: 

Thursday, March 22

5:35-6:05 p.m. - USF2000 Practice
6:10-6:40 p.m. - Star Mazda Practice
7:30 p.m. - Festival of States Parade
Green Flag VIP Luncheon, by invitation only
Friday, March 23
8:00-8:30 a.m. - Pirelli World Challenge Practice
8:45-9:20 a.m. - Ferrari Challenge Practice
9:35-10:15 a.m. - Firestone Indy Lights Practice
10:30-11:00 a.m. - USF2000 Practice
11:05-11:35 a.m. - Star Mazda Practice
11:50-12:50 p.m. - IZOD IndyCar Series Practice
1:05-1:40 p.m. - Ferrari Challenge Practice
1:55-2:35 p.m. - Firestone Indy Lights Practice
2:50-3:50 p.m. - IZOD IndyCar Series Practice
4:05-4:35 p.m. - USF2000 Qualifying
4:40-5:10 p.m. - Star Mazda Qualifying
5:25-5:55 p.m. - Pirelli World Challenge Practice
6:10-7:00 p.m. - Ferrari Qualifying #1
7:00 p.m. - Welcome Party (by invitation only)
7:15 p.m. - HGPSP 5K Run

Saturday, March 24

8:00-8:45 a.m. - Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying
9:00-9:40 a.m. - Firestone Indy Lights Qualifying
9:55-10:55 a.m. - IZOD IndyCar Series Practice
11:10-12:00 p.m. - Ferrari Race #1
12:10-12:50 p.m. - USF2000 Race #1
1:00-1:40 p.m. - Star Mazda Race #1
1:55-3:15 p.m. - IZOD IndyCar Series Qualifying
3:30-4:40 p.m. - Firestone Indy Lights Race
4:55-5:45 p.m. - Ferrari Qualifying #2
6:00-7:00 p.m. - Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg, Pirelli World Challenge Race #1

Sunday, March 25

8:00-8:20 a.m. - Ferrari Sponsor Hot Laps
8:35-9:05 a.m. - IZOD IndyCar Series Warm-up
9:15-9:55 a.m. - USF2000 Race #2
10:05-10:45 a.m. - Star Mazda Race #2
11:00-12:00 p.m. - Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg, Pirelli World Challenge Race #2
12:00-12:30 p.m. - IZOD IndyCar Series Pre-Race
12:30-3:00 p.m. - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, IZOD IndyCar Series Race
3:30-4:20 p.m. - Ferrari Race #2

For more information on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Pete, visit http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/articles/indycar-racing-irl-downtow...

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