The streets of St. Petersburg come alive this weekend, Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10 as race fans enjoy a weekend filled with fun and the season kickoff to the NTT Indy Car series. The 1.8 mile track,14-turns on a temporary street circuit through downtown St. Pete, including a runway of Albert Whitted Airport.
Former head coach for both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts, Tony Dungy, who currently serves as an analyst on NBC’s “Football Night in America,” will serve as the grand marshal of this weekend’s 15th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Dungy will give the command for Indy car drivers to start their engines, effectively kicking off the 17-race NTT IndyCar Series season.
“I am honored to kick off the 2019 NTT IndyCar season by serving as the grand marshal of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg inaugural race, and leading the field to the green flag in Honda’s Fastest Seat in Sports,” said Dungy, a Tampa, Fla., resident. “After Sunday’s race, I am looking forward to watching NBC Sports’ coverage this season, but especially the legendary Indianapolis 500, coming to us from my second home, Indianapolis, Indiana.”
“It’s a great privilege to have Tony Dungy join us and be honored as the grand marshal of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg,” said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “Coach Dungy is not only a highly regarded football analyst, but his continuous commitment to community service, particularly creating and supporting programs for children, is spectacular.”
Sebastien Bourdais, who makes his home in St. Petersburg, has won the last two races, held on the streets of St. Petersburg, will be among those racing on Sunday including Scott Dixon, Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal, Mario Andretti and others. “St. Pete is my home race and it is an honor to represent the city during race weekend,” said Sebastien Bourdais. “My first Indy car race was here in 2003 and I took the pole, but until the last two years, I really didn’t have a lot of success here. It took 15 years, and now I am the two-time defending champion and that feels good. I don’t feel any additional pressure to do well…but it’s nice to be able to sleep in my own bed and have friends and family at the track.”
For ticket information and a complete schedule of events visit www.gpstpete.com.