Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg street & airport racing circuit.svg
Verizon IndyCar Series
LocationSt. Petersburg, Florida, USA
27°45′59″N 82°37′45″W / 27.76639°N 82.62917°W / 27.76639; -82.62917Coordinates: 27°45′59″N 82°37′45″W / 27.76639°N 82.62917°W / 27.76639; -82.62917
Corporate sponsorFirestone
First race1985
First IndyCar race2005
Distance198 mi (319 km)
Laps110
Previous namesSt. Petersburg Grand Prix (1985-1990)
Kash n' Karry Florida Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (1996-1997)
Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (2005–2013)
Most wins (driver)Hélio Castroneves (3)
Most wins (team)Team Penske (6)
Most wins (manufacturer)Dallara (7) Honda (6)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt/Concrete
Length1.8 mi (2.9 km)
Turns14
Lap recordSébastien Bourdais (1:00.928, Lola B02/00-Ford Cosworth, 2003, Champ Car)
 
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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg street & airport racing circuit.svg
Verizon IndyCar Series
LocationSt. Petersburg, Florida, USA
27°45′59″N 82°37′45″W / 27.76639°N 82.62917°W / 27.76639; -82.62917Coordinates: 27°45′59″N 82°37′45″W / 27.76639°N 82.62917°W / 27.76639; -82.62917
Corporate sponsorFirestone
First race1985
First IndyCar race2005
Distance198 mi (319 km)
Laps110
Previous namesSt. Petersburg Grand Prix (1985-1990)
Kash n' Karry Florida Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (1996-1997)
Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (2005–2013)
Most wins (driver)Hélio Castroneves (3)
Most wins (team)Team Penske (6)
Most wins (manufacturer)Dallara (7) Honda (6)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt/Concrete
Length1.8 mi (2.9 km)
Turns14
Lap recordSébastien Bourdais (1:00.928, Lola B02/00-Ford Cosworth, 2003, Champ Car)

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a Verizon IndyCar Series race held in St. Petersburg, Florida.

History[edit]

The SCCA Trans-Am Series held an automobile race on a St. Petersburg downtown waterfront circuit from 1985 to 1990. Local residents and businesses complained about noise, and the event was put on hiatus. Racing in the Tampa Bay Area also included an IMSA race at the Florida State Fairgrounds from 1989–1990.

In 1996-1997, the St. Petersburg race was revived on a course around Tropicana Field. 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, initially as a Champ Car event in 2003 utilizing a modified version of the original 1985–90 waterfront circuit.

For 2004, the event was cancelled due to a dispute between the promoters. 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 ALMS event.

Organizers announced during 2008 race that Andretti Green Promotions, the organization that owns and operates the event, signed a contract extension with the city of St. Petersburg through 2013, and city officials hope to extend it through 2014.[1]

On October 18, 2013, Honda announced it would no longer be the title sponsor of the race.

On November 20, 2013, Firestone was announced that they will be title sponsor of the race with a multi year contract.[2]

Past winners[edit]

SeasonDateDriverTeamChassisEngineRace DistanceRace TimeAverage Speed
(mph)
Report
LapsMiles (km)
CART World Series history
2003Feb 23Canada Paul TracyForsythe RacingLolaFord-Cosworth105189.63 (305.179)2:04:2891.401Report
Verizon IndyCar Series history
2005April 3United Kingdom Dan WheldonAndretti Green RacingDallaraHonda100180 (289.681)2:09:5483.14Report
2006April 2Brazil Hélio CastronevesTeam PenskeDallaraHonda100180 (289.681)1:56:5892.34Report
2007April 1Brazil Hélio CastronevesTeam PenskeDallaraHonda100180 (289.681)2:01:0789.166Report
2008April 6United States Graham RahalNewman/Haas RacingDallaraHonda83*149.4 (240.435)2:00:4474.251Report
2009April 5Australia Ryan BriscoeTeam PenskeDallaraHonda100180 (289.681)2:12:2781.542Report
2010March 29*Australia Will PowerTeam PenskeDallaraHonda100180 (289.681)2:07:0684.975Report
2011March 27United Kingdom Dario FranchittiTarget Chip
Ganassi Racing
DallaraHonda100180 (289.681)2:01:0089.26Report
2012March 25Brazil Hélio CastronevesTeam PenskeDallaraChevrolet100180 (289.681)1:59:5190.113Report
2013March 24Canada James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportDallaraChevrolet110198 (318.65)2:22:1383.539Report
2014March 30Australia Will PowerTeam PenskeDallaraChevrolet110198 (318.65)2:06:5893.572Report

Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire[edit]

Stefan Wilson driving along the Bay Shore Drive SE section during the qualifying race of the Indy Lights 2011.
SeasonDateWinning DriverChassisEngine
2005April 3United States Marco AndrettiDallaraInfiniti
2006April 1 (1st race)Brazil Raphael MatosDallaraInfiniti
April 2 (2nd race)Brazil Raphael MatosDallaraInfiniti
2007March 31 (1st race)United Kingdom Alex LloydDallaraInfiniti
April 1 (2nd race)United Kingdom Alex LloydDallaraInfiniti
2008April 5 (1st race)Brazil Raphael MatosDallaraInfiniti
April 6 (2nd race)United States Richard AntinucciDallaraInfiniti
2009April 4 (1st race)Netherlands Junior StrousDallaraInfiniti
April 5 (2nd race)Netherlands Junior StrousDallaraInfiniti
2010March 28France Jean Karl VernayDallaraInfiniti
2011March 27United States Josef NewgardenDallaraHonda
2012March 24France Tristan VautierDallaraHonda
2013March 23United Kingdom Jack HawksworthDallaraHonda
2014March 30United States Zach VeachDallaraHonda

American Le Mans Series[edit]

Overall winner in bold.

SeasonLMP1 Winning TeamLMP2 Winning TeamGT1 Winning TeamGT2 Winning TeamReport
LMP1 Winning DriversLMP2 Winning DriversGT1 Winning DriversGT2 Winning Drivers
2007United States #1 Audi Sport North AmericaUnited States #6 Penske RacingUnited States #4 Corvette RacingUnited States #62 Risi Competizionereport
Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Germany Sascha Maassen
Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Monaco Olivier Beretta
Finland Mika Salo
Brazil Jaime Melo
2008United States #2 Audi Sport North AmericaUnited States #7 Penske RacingUnited States #4 Corvette RacingUnited States #71 Tafel Racingreport
Germany Marco Werner
Germany Lucas Luhr
Germany Timo Bernhard
France Romain Dumas
Monaco Olivier Beretta
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Germany Dominik Farnbacher
Germany Dirk Müller
2009United States #9 Patrón Highcroft RacingMexico #15 Lowe's Fernández RacingNo entryUnited States #45 Flying Lizard Motorsportsreport
Australia David Brabham
United States Scott Sharp
Mexico Adrian Fernández
Mexico Luis Díaz
No entryUnited States Patrick Long
Germany Jörg Bergmeister

SCCA Trans-Am[edit]

IMSA (fairgrounds)[edit]

Course[edit]

The section of the 2012 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that curves through the Progress Energy Park parking lot

The Streets of St. Petersburg course is a street circuit connecting existing roads with one of the two landing strips of Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg, Florida. It also dips into the parking lot at Progress Energy Park.

First bayfront course[edit]

The original 1985 Trans-Am course utilized a similar layout to the course used today. For the first year the track actually ran out to the pier, made a 180 degree turn and returned. At the end of Bayshore Drive, rather than diverting off to the airport runways, the course circled around 5th Avenue Southeast around Bayfront Arena, and the start/finish line was located just south of the paddock (the parking lot of Bayfront Arena). In addition, the old course traveled further up Beach Drive Northeast, all the way to 5th Avenue Northeast. 5th Ave. NE was a very narrow segment. The course came south down Bayshore Drive Northeast, and passed by The Pier.

Tropicana Field course[edit]

The second course at Tropicana Field was located about a mile west of the waterfront location. The circuit used the roads around the perimeter of the parking lot of the stadium.

Second Bayfront course[edit]

Helio Castroneves rounding corner 10 on the final lap of the 2012 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

When the course was reconfigured, the northbound segment turned at Central Avenue instead, and did not go as far as The Pier. The pits and main straight were moved to the airport, and a paddock area was paved next to the runway. The Albert Whitted park was reconfigured/relocated, and the entire course layout was repaved.

The pits and paddock areas, as well as link from Dan Wheldon Way to the airport runway (turns 11, 12, and 13) were constructed specifically for the circuit in 2003, and are considered permanent features of the otherwise temporary circuit.

After the 2011 INDYCAR Las Vegas crash that killed Snell Isle resident Dan Wheldon, who won the 2005 race and two Indianapolis 500 titles, the straight following Turn 10 (the turn from Bayshore Drive to Albert Whitted Park) was renamed "Dan Wheldon Way" in his memory. The sign and commemorative plaque was unveiled by St. Pete mayor Bill Foster on March 6, 2012.[4]

Broadcasting history[edit]

SeasonDateUS TV ChannelLay-by-lapDriver Analyst(s)Pit Reporters
2003February 23SPEEDBob VarshaTommy KendallCalvin Fish, Scott Pruett, Derek Daly
2005April 3ESPNTodd HarrisScott GoodyearJack Arute, Dr. Jerry Punch, Jamie Little
2006April 2ESPNMarty ReidScott Goodyear & Rusty WallaceJack Arute, Dr. Jerry Punch, Jamie Little
2007April 1ESPNMarty ReidScott GoodyearJack Arute, Vince Welch, Brienne Pedigo
2008April 6ESPNMarty ReidScott GoodyearJack Arute, Vince Welch, Brienne Pedigo
2009April 5VersusBob JenkinsJon Beekhuis & Robbie BuhlJack Arute, Robbie Floyd, Lindy Thackston
2010March 28ABC (Sun.)Marty ReidScott GoodyearJamie Little, Vince Welch, Rick DeBruhl
March 29ESPN2 (Mon.)
2011March 28ABCMarty ReidScott GoodyearJamie Little, Vince Welch, Rick DeBruhl
2012March 25ABCMarty ReidScott GoodyearJamie Little, Vince Welch, Rick DeBruhl
2013March 24NBC SportsLeigh DiffeyWally Dallenbach & Townsend BellKevin Lee, Robbie Floyd, Jon Beekhuis, Robin Miller
2014March 30ABCAllen BestwickScott Goodyear & Eddie CheeverJamie Little, Vince Welch, Rick DeBruhl

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Preceded by
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Current
IndyCar Series races
Succeeded by
Grand Prix of Long Beach