Spring is in the air. The colleges have let out and vacationers of all ages have begun to flock to Florida for Spring Break. A tradition that has been true to the area for decades.
There is another tradition gaining steam in the South Florida neighborhood. The annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, fittingly dubbed "The World's Fastest Spring Break Party," is an event that promises to amaze, boasting entertainment for all ages.
Located in Downtown St. Pete, the 1.8-mile, 14-turn track began being built on Feb. 15 and takes 35 days to complete. Not only is this the season kickoff event for the IZOD IndyCar Series, but it's the only IZOD IndyCar Series event in Florida this year.
The festivities kick off Friday night, March 22 with a 5K run, Walk 'n Wheel-a-thon and continue throughout the weekend with parades, fireworks, beer gardens, go-kart racing on the track, live music and of course, live racing.
Saturday spectators will be able to watch the various racing series practice on the track which winds through historic St. Petersburg, circling landmarks like Pioneer Park and the Salvador Dali Museum, and eventually turns onto the runway at Albert Whitted Airport. Featured vehicles include IndyCars and Pirelli World Challenge GT Racers (featuring cars like Cadillac CTS-V, Volvo S60Rs, Corvettes, Audi R8s and more) .
Sunday the temporary waterfront circuit is host to five separate races, culminating with the 110-lap, 198-mile, ninth annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, IZOD IndyCar Series race.
Past winners of the event include Dario Franchitti (2011), Will Power (2010) and most notably Helio Castroneves (2006, '07, '12).
This is a weekend-long event for the entire family. Don't miss the action. For more info visit www.gpstpete.com.