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Firestone Grand Prix features diverse lineup
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ST. PETERSBURG – A diverse lineup of on-track programming is planned for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 28-30 in downtown St. Petersburg – the opening race of the 2014 IndyCar Series.

For the first time, race fans will have the opportunity to experience Robby Gordon’s SPEED Stadium Super Trucks on the streets of St. Petersburg. The series mixes the excitement of motocross with the best of Baja, featuring high-powered off-road trucks that race side-by-side against obstacles that include huge jumps, crossovers, whoop sections and tight corners.

“We are thrilled with the on-track programming that we have secured for our 10th edition,” said Tim Ramsberger, president of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “The on-track programming features something for everyone, from sports cars to off-road vehicles. It’s the perfect mix and we think both race fans and first time visitors alike will agree.”

Also opening its season on the streets of St. Petersburg is the Pirelli World Challenge. The competitive production based series allows teams, manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers a chance to test their products in 50-minute sprint races complete with standing starts. The series marks its 25th anniversary in 2014. The weekend will feature two Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA/GTS races – one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will also present the entire Mazda Road to Indy racing ladder, featuring Indy Lights, the Pro Mazda Championship and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

The Mazda Road to Indy is one of the most successful driver development programs in the world, providing a unique, scholarship-funded path to reach the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500.

Gates to the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will open at 8 a.m. each day during the event weekend. Single and three-day tickets to the event are on sale at www.g­pstpe­­m.

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is run on a 1.8-mile, 14-turn waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, the Salvador Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlook the Tampa Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina.

Taking place on the waterfront street course in downtown St. Petersburg, The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is among the most respected motorsports events in North America and features a week-long festival-like atmosphere that includes the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes, live entertainment and interactive activities, including:

• Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Village

• Beer Gardens

• Driver Autograph Sessions

• Bright House Speed Zone

• Formula Off-Road Series, Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, USF2000 and World Challenge paddocks open to all spectators

• Interactive games & exhibits

• Music
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