ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 9, 2017) – Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is pleased to announce Mark Schlereth, a three-time Super Bowl Champion and former Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos guard, as Grand Marshal of this weekend’s season-opening Verizon IndyCar Series race, March 10-12th.

 

As Grand Marshal, Schlereth will get to announce the most famous words in racing, “Drivers, start your engines!” as well as participate in other pre-race ceremonies to open the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The race will be broadcast both globally and live nationally on ABC TV with coverage starting at 12:00 noon EDT.

 

“We are incredibly excited to have Mark Schlereth as our 2017 Grand Marshal,” said Kim Green, Co-Owner, Chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  “His accomplishments on the football field are rare as a three-time Super Bowl Champion, and he’s now one of the most popular on-air ESPN personalities.  We are honored to have Mark join us this weekend.”

 

Growing up in Alaska with dyslexia, Schlereth faced adversity in his childhood. He defied the odds when he was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 10th round of the 1989 National Football League (NFL) Draft and quickly worked his way into the starting lineup.  He proceeded to play in the NFL for 12 seasons with the Redskins and Broncos, becoming a Super Bowl Champion three times and voted into the Pro Bowl twice.  Since his retirement in 2001, Schlereth has become a popular and prominent football analyst on ESPN’s NFL Live projecting a very candid and forthright approach in his commentary from his first-hand NFL experiences.

 

Additional highlights of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg race weekend will include the 5th Annual Firestone Grand Prix 5K Run presented by Modern Business Associates benefiting the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg. The run or walk event is held on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn race track this Friday evening, March 10th.More information can be found at gpstpete5k.com.  Walk up registrations will be accepted on site.

Spectrum SpeedZone, located near Turns 5 and 6 near the Firestone Bridge, will again be full of merchandise vendors to pick up the newest racing gear, interactive displays for adults and children, a rock climbing wall, giant fun slide, double power jump, mechanical gator, 12-seater swing along with face painters, and is the place for many driver autograph sessions during the weekend. Newly added - Budweiser Party Pit is the place to be, for a pit-side party - no special ticket needed!  Also new this year, Moffitt Cancer Center's 'Mole Patrol' will be in Albert Whitted Park 930-130 on Sunday March 12, and fans can partake in a Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 50/50 raffle all weekend long with proceeds benefitting Moffitt Cancer Center. 

About Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Now in its 13th 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, as are the Honda Indy Toronto (July 14-16, 2017) and the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (July 28-30, 2017).  Scout.com’s Stadium Journey recently named the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg as #2 on the list of “Top 100 Stadium Experiences of 2016.”

To learn more about the event, visit www.gpstpete.com, ‘like’ its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GPSTPETE or follow the event on Twitter @GPSTPETE #FirestoneGP.
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