- Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Indycar race infobox
Name=Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Map of the track with the surrounding area
Venue=Streets of St. Petersburg
First IRL race=
UTC-5 (UTC-4 DST)
Previous names=St. Petersburg Grand Prix (1985-1990)
Kash n' Karry Florida Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (1996-1997)
Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (2003)
Record_time = 1:00.928
Record_speed_mph = 106.710
Record_speed_kmh = 171.733
Record_year = 2003| Network=
Racing in the St. Petersburg area dates back to 1985. The SCCA
Trans-Am Seriesheld a race on a downtown waterfront circuit from 1985-1990. Local residents and businesses complained about noise, and the event was put on hiatus. Racing in the Tampa Bay Areaalso included an IMSA race at the Florida State Fairgrounds. But it only lasted two years (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 was well-received, but the course was considered unsatisfactory. The event went again on hiatus for several years.
In 2003, the event was revived once again. The race was first run as a
Champ Carevent in 2003. It utilitzed a modified version of the original 1985-90 waterfront circuit.
For 2004, however, the event was cancelled due to a dispute between the promoters. When the race returned in 2005, it switched to the IndyCar Series, and marked the first non-oval event for the Indy Racing League. Starting in 2007, the race weekend was expanded to include an ALMS event.
It was 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.
Willy T. Ribbs
The Streets of St. Petersburg course is a street circuit connecting existing roads with one of the two landing strips of
Albert Whitted Airportin St. Petersburg, Florida.
The original 1985 Trans-Am course utilized a similar layout. At the end of Bayshore Drive, rather than diverting off to the airport runways, the course circled around 5th Avenue Southeast and the start/finish line was located just south of the paddock. In addition, the old course traveled further up Beach Drive Northeast, all the way to 5th Avenue Northeast. When the course was reconfigured, it turned at Central Avenue instead.
The second course at
Tropicana Fieldwas located about a mile west of the waterfront location.
Rays Ballparkis situated inside the confines of the course layout and may disrupt or require changes to the track in the future. Motorsport venue
Name = Streets of St. Petersburg | Location = St. Petersburg,
UTC-5 (UTC-4 DST)
Image_caption = Streets of St. Petersburg trackmap
Owner = Andretti Green Promotions
Events = IRL, ALMS
Capacity = 40,000
Length_mi = 1.8
Length_km = 2.89
* [http://www.indycar.com IRL's website]
* [http://www.champcarstats.com ChampCarStats.com]
* [http://www.gpstpete.com Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg's website]
* [http://www.americanlemans.com American Le Mans Series website]
* [http://www.sptimes.com/2003/02/21/Grandprix/City_has_had_false_st.shtml City has had false starts with racing]
* [http://theracingline.net/racingcircuits/racingcircuits/UnitedStates/fl/StPetersburg1986.html Grand Prix circuit track maps of all three layouts]
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