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It's Grand Prix week in St. Petersburg
Article published on Monday, March 18, 2013
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The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 22-24, 2013, is run on a 1.8-mile, 14-turn waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, the Progress 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.
ST. PETERSBURG – After months of planning and preparations, race week has finally arrived and the 2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, taking place March 22-24, is ready for the green flag with a full line-up of activities taking over the streets of St. Petersburg.

Here’s a list of some of the festivities taking place this week:

Wednesday, March 20, 11 a.m. to noon – Career Day with Tony Kanaan and Zach Veach at the Science Center of Pinellas, 7701 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

Tony Kanaan, IZOD IndyCar Series Driver, and Zach Veach, Firestone Indy Lights Driver, will visit the Science Center of Pinellas for Career Day. The drivers will introduce kids to the diverse career opportunities that the field of science can reveal within the realm of motorsports. For more information, call Kathleen Stelmach at 727-698-9520 or email kathleen@torchiacom.com.

Thursday, March 21, 10 a.m. – Racing For Kids Driver Hospital Visit at All Children’s Hospital, 501 Sixth Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay along with Team Pelfrey drivers Spencer Pigot and Petri Suvanto will visit All Children’s Hospital as part of the Racing For Kids program. The drivers will spend time, take pictures and sign autographs for the children at the hospital. For more information, call Roy Adams at 727-767-4456 or email roy.adams@allkids.org.

Thursday, March 21, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Green Flag VIP Luncheon at the Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club, Sunset Ballroom.

Get to know the drivers competing in the 2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at the Green Flag VIP Luncheon.

Helio Castroneves, 2012 winner of the Honda Grand Prix, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, IZOD IndyCar Series champion, along with nine other drivers representing all series participating will be on hand, as well as representatives from the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Honda, City of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

To RSVP call Kathleen Stelmach at 727-698-9520 or email kathleen@torchiacom.com.

Thursday, March 21, 5:30 p.m. - Dan Wheldon Memorial & Victory Circle Unveiling, on Bayside Drive behind Turn 10, accessible through Mahaffey Theater plaza.

Representatives from the city of St. Petersburg, Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, American Honda and INDYCAR will unveil the Dan Wheldon memorial and Victory Circle monument in the presence of drivers from the IZOD IndyCar Series.

For more information, call Beth Herendeen at 727-893-7465 or email elizabeth.herendeen@stpete.org.

Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m. - Festival of States Parade in Downtown St. Petersburg.

The annual Festival of States Parade will make its way through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg and come to a conclusion at Vinoy Park.

Friday, March 22, 6:15 p.m. – Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk ‘N Wheel-a-thon at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation and PBA/Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities are set to host the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk ‘N Wheel-a-thon. For more information or to register, visit www.imathlete.com/events/EventOverview.aspx?fEID=14774.

For more information, call Jeff Dutton at 317-697-7145 or email jdutton@bohlsengroup.com.

Sunday, March 24, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Official IndyCar Driver After Party at Cassis American Brasserie, 170 Beach Drive NE., St. Petersburg.

IZOD IndyCar Series driver and St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais is hosting the official Honda Grand Prix after party at Cassis. Admission is open to all hard cardholders. Come party with drivers and pit crews.

About the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg takes place March 22-24, 2013 and is run on a 1.8-mile, 14-turn waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, the Progress 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.

To learn more about the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, visit gpstpete.com, facebook.com/GPSTPETE, or on Twitter via @GPSTPETE.

Racing and more

For the first time in event history, spectators will have the opportunity to test their racing skills at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Event organizers have announced the debut of a go kart track that will be introduced as part of its entertainment offering, encouraging event-goers to put the pedal to the metal and take part in racing festivities of their own.

The specially-built go kart track will be located in the Bright House Networks Speed Zone at Gate 1, outside of the circuit between Turns 4, 5, 6 and 7 and will be open all three days, from 8 a.m. until gates close.

Also making its debut this year at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is the Air Boss Air Show, which takes to the sky on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 at midday. The Air Show features Patty Wagstaff, a three-time U.S. National aerobatic champion and inductee into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. The air show experience is like none other and is the perfect addition to an already thrilling and action-packed weekend.

“We are eager to jump-start a weekend of high-level racing and exhilaration on and off the track,” said Tim Ramsberger, president of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “There is something for everyone to get excited about this year, from games and activities to world-class racing, we are gearing up for an unforgettable event and look forward another edition of the ‘world’s fastest spring break party’.”

In addition to karting and air shows, the event will feature numerous food stands, vendors and interactive games and activities. Fans can take a walk through the Bright House Speed Zone for 24,000 square feet of high-speed fun. The area includes interactive simulators, face painters, clowns, life size Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots, and numerous car and vendor displays.

Adding to the excitement off the track is the INDYCAR Fan Village. This element is the second fan area located between Turns 4 and 5 where guests will have the opportunity to interact with drivers through exclusive autograph sessions and meet and greets. The area will also feature various displays and official merchandise from series sponsors such as Honda, Firestone and National Guard.
Article published on Monday, March 18, 2013
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