2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday

Three-day tickets for the 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg go on sale tomorrow (November 15) at 10 a.m. EST at gpstpete.com or by phone at 877-725-8849.  The 14th edition of this annual racing festival returns to the downtown streets and picturesque waterfront of St. Petersburg, Fla., March 9-11.  Renewal customers have until 9 p.m. EST tonight (November 14) to renew their same three-day grandstand seats as last year. All three-day ticket options will go on sale to the public which include Reserved Grandstand, General Admission, and Paddock and Pit Access.  Pricing remains unchanged for the 2018 event for all…

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From Last to 1st, Sebastien Bourdais Wins Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – He didn’t know it then, but that crash in qualifying on Saturday ended up being a blessing in disguise for Sebastien Bourdais. The St. Pete native was forced to start 21st, last, in Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series season opener, which as weird as this sounds, worked to his advantage. By starting back there, he missed the opening lap crash between Graham Rahal, Mikhail Aleshin, Charlie Kimball and Carlos Munoz. Also by starting back there, he was able to go off sequence early and benefit from the…

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Lap 25 Caution Turning Point of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete, Hurts Hinchcliffe, Dixon Others

St. Petersburg, Fla – The biggest storyline of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season opening race on the streets of St. Pete has to be the Lap 25 caution. Debris was all over the track from contact between Mikhail Aleshin and Tony Kanaan which brought out the second caution of the race. That was the turning point. Several cars had already pitted which really hurt the leaders at that point of the race. James Hinchcliffe, had a 3+ second lead over second place Scott Dixon and was starting to get…

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After a Frustrating Weekend, Ryan Hunter-Reay Still Nabs 4th Place Finish in St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – If Ryan Hunter-Reay didn’t have bad luck this weekend, he’d have no luck at all. In qualifying on Saturday afternoon, Hunter-Reay got into the concrete barrier causing some damage to his No. 28 Honda. He’d not get much of an attempt in the second round of knockout qualifying for the Firestone Fast Six and start 11th. Then, in the morning warm-up, the rear brakes went out on Hunter-Reay’s Andretti Autosport entry entering Turn 10 and he went into the tire barriers as a result. The team…

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Top 5 Drivers to Watch for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Team Penske has dominated the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete the last several years. They’ve won eight of the 12 years the Verizon IndyCar Series has been coming to the 1.8-mile street circuit, including the last three years and four of the last five. Furthermore, Penske drivers have started 1-2-3-4 the last two years and led 90-percent of the overall laps in those races. But, that looks like it could be changing this year. Honda’s have been the strongest teams so far this weekend while…

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For 7th Time in 8 Years, Will Power Wins the Pole for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Last year, Chevrolet’s dominated the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. On tracks like St. Pete, they led all but 116 laps throughout the entire season from a year ago. Furthermore, Team Penske has seen their cars start 1-2-3-4 the last two years here, so with an aerokit freeze in the offseason, why expect anything less? Well, it couldn’t have gone more opposite this weekend so far. Honda’s have been strong since the first practice started yesterday, and that carried over to qualifying this afternoon. Honda’s took…

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Changes Made Has Marco Andretti Starting 15th for Sunday’s IndyCar Season Opener at St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Marco Andretti called the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season the most frustrating year of his career. He said he  had to work both physically and mentally on himself in the offseason and spoke on the importance on getting out of the gates much stronger in the season opener at St. Pete. So far, I’d say whatever he’s done differently, it’s working. Andretti, is now driving like the driver we all thought he could be. He came out of the gates like he hoped to on Friday…

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