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Left to right: Chris Steinocher, President and CEO of St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce; Tim Ramsberger, President of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg; Dr. Kanika Tomalin, Deputy Mayor of City of St. Petersburg; James Hinchcliffe, 2013 race winner and IndyCar Series driver; Lisa Boggs, Director of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports 

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, February 24, 2014 – In just over a month, the green flag for the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will drop. Earlier today, marked the beginning of track construction to lay down the first concrete blocks that will line the picturesque waterfront street course. For a fourth consecutive year, the event will serve as the season-opening race for the IndyCar Series and the Pirelli World Challenge.

What does it take the build a race track?

The track for the Firestone Grand Prix is assembled by about 250 construction workers and takes nearly 35 days to build – a process that becomes more efficient year over year. More than 20,000 feet of steel-reinforced concrete blocks, 44,000 feet of chain-link fencing and over 12,000 tires are used in the construction of the street course. The track also features a front straight that is 2,350 feet long, six racecar paddocks and eight grandstands for spectators.

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The 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg takes place March 28-30, 2014. Tickets to the event are available now at gpstpete.com or by phone at 877-283-5385.

About the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
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.
 
To learn more about the event, visit gpstpete.com, ‘like’ its Facebook page at facebook.com/GPSTPETE or follow the event on Twitter @GPSTPETE #FirestoneGP.

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