ST. PETERSBURG, FL, August 6, 2015 – Organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg announced today that the 12th edition of the annual event will be held March 11-13, 2016 with the Verizon IndyCar Series headlining the weekend.

The event is scheduled to run two weeks earlier than the late March weekend it typically occupies due to the Easter holiday.

"We are pleased to confirm our 2016 event dates," said Kim Green, Owner, Chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. "While our place on the calendar is a little bit different, we look forward to bringing another great weekend of racing to St. Petersburg."

"I am excited to welcome back one of the Sunshine City's best events, the Firestone Grand Prix," said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. "Every year, this race brings global attention to St. Petersburg, our neighborhoods, businesses, parks, restaurants, and our people. I invite everyone to once again embrace the race this March 11, 12 and 13 and join me in welcoming the drivers, their teams and race fans from around the world to the best city in Florida."

"The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a marquee event on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule not only because of the great on-track product, but because of the unparalleled support it receives from the city and the fans," said Lisa Boggs, Director of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. "We are proud to have the Firestone name on this event, and we look forward to seeing everyone in March 2016."

Support series races for the 2016 event will be announced in the coming months, with tickets going on sale this fall. To learn more about the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, visit www.gpstpete.com.

About the Firestone Grand Prix Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Now in its 12th year, 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 Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlook the Tampa Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina. The event is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions.

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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