ABC, Grand Prix Speed into St. Pete this Weekend

National TV coverage puts St. Pete/Clearwater on sport’s center stage

Thursday, March 25, 2010

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (March 25, 2010) – The ‘World’s Fastest Spring Break Party’ tears into town as Danica Patrick, Dan Wheldon and IndyCar’s finest return for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 25-28.

With four days of sizzling hot action on and off the track, huge crowds are expected to flock to St. Pete’s palm-dappled bayfront, where 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 tonight at 7pm when the illuminated Festival of States Parade---a fan-favorite since 1969---winds its way through downtown’s Central Avenue. A stunning fireworks display and a party in North Straub Park featuring the Grand Prix drivers will immediately follow. 

Beginning Friday, racing enthusiasts can witness five different circuits qualifying and competing on the streets of St. Petersburg, including the IZOD IndyCar Series. 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 Bay Shore Drive.

ESPN on ABC will broadcast Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race live at 3:30pm. Running lightning fast sports cars, a World Challenge race will be taped and aired on VERSUS on April 18 at 2pm. 

But street racing isn’t the only attraction you’ll find at the event. The weekend will also feature a 5K race, gala, autograph session, interactive displays, racing simulations and other family-friendly entertainment.

This year’s schedule is as follows: 

Thursday, March 25 
7:00pm: Festival of States Parade / Fireworks 

Friday, March 26 
8:00—8:40am: World Challenge practice 
9:00—9:40am: Star Mazda practice 
10:00—10:20am: USF2000 practice 
10:40—11:40am: IZOD IndyCar Series practice 
11:55am—12:55pm: Firestone Indy Lights practice 
1:15—1:50pm: World Challenge practice 
2:10—3:10pm: IZOD IndyCar Series practice 
3:25—3:45pm: USF2000 practice 
4:00—4:40pm: Star Mazda practice 
5:00—6:00pm: World Challenge qualifying 
6:30pm: HGPSP 5K with Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation 
7:00pm—9:00pm: Foundation Gala 

Saturday, March 27 
8:00—8:30am: USF2000 qualifying 
8:50—9:35am: Star Mazda qualifying 
9:55—10:55am: IZOD IndyCar Series practice 
11:15am—12:00pm: Firestone Indy Lights practice 
11:30am: World Challenge autograph session 
12:20—1:00pm: USF2000 race #1 
1:20—2:50pm: IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying 
3:10—4:10pm: Firestone Indy Lights qualifying 
4:00—5:00pm: Indy Racing League autograph session 
5:15—6:00pm: World Challenge race #1 

Sunday, March 28 
8:00—8:40am: USF2000 race #2 
8:55—9:15am: Firestone Indy Lights warm-up 
9:30—10:00am: IZOD IndyCar Series warm-up 
10:45—11:35am: World Challenge race #2 
11:50am—12:35pm: Star Mazda race 
12:45—2:00pm: Firestone Indy Lights race 
2:45pm: IZOD IndyCar Series pre-race ceremonies 
3:45—6:00pm: IZOD IndyCar Series race, Honda Indy St. Pete 
6:00—6:30pm: IZOD IndyCar Series post-race ceremonies 

For more information on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, visit www.GPStPete.com. 

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Contact: Public Relations Manager Josh Hall: Josh@VisitSPC.com
Phone: 727.464.7223

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