2013 Honda Grand Prix Construction Underway

Construction is underway on the 1.8 mile, 14 turn waterfront race track in downtown St. Pete.

Fast cars, world-class drivers and thousands of auto racing fans from around the world will descend upon downtown St. Pete for the annual 2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 22 - 24.

For the third year in a row, the event will kick off the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Although the event is more than a month away, construction crews have already begun setting up the street race track.

The street track for the three-day event takes about 35 days to build and requires 250 construction workers, according to GPStPete.com.

According to GPStPete.com more than 20,000 feet of steel-reinforced concrete blocks, 44,000 feet of chain-link fencing and 12,000 tires will be used to construct the race track.

Several downtown streets are closed and will remain closed through race weekend.

According to the city, Bayshore Drive S.E. from First Ave. S to Fifth Ave. S has been closed to traffic for racetrack construction until Friday, April 6. Albert Whitted Park is closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic through April 8. And the Saturday Morning Market will not be held Grand Prix weekend, March 24, but returns in its regular location at Al Lang parking lot Saturday, March 31.

For more information, including ticket reservations and prices, visit GPStPete.com.

The City of St. Petersburg has put together everything you need to know about parking and transportation for the event on their website.

Donald H February 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM
So far we, the poeple of St. Pete, have seen NOTHING that shows us that it is worth our time, effort & inconvenience to have this inane event foisted off upon us...! Wonder why we put up with this sort fo thing???
Concerned Floridian February 20, 2013 at 03:39 PM
If memory served well it was because Rick Baker, St. Pete former mayor, was/is a huge fan of race cars. This grandiose spectacle gave him the opportunity of trying the race cars, speeding for a couple lanes or two. We picked up the tab.
Bill Stokes February 20, 2013 at 05:44 PM
This is an outrageous waste of energy. If a cost benefit analysis were performed, there would be no winners. The "great public relations" excuse is really lame. This has become my annual get out of town excuse as so many others I know. Enough already.
Todd February 20, 2013 at 09:33 PM
News Flash!!! This event brings in a ton of money and lots of enjoyment for race fans. Get over it.
Todd February 20, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Maybe want to add in the fact that Dan Wheldon lived here and Susie still does and together with Dan's mother, they do a lot of great things for this area. Sabastian Bourdais lives here as well. Choke it up for a few weeks and maybe get down and enjoy it.
Todd February 20, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Waste of energy??? Seriously? Tell that to Obama and his anti Keystone supporters. They burn alcohol and it brings a huge spot for us nationally. Really.....get over it. It is great for the city as a whole.
Concerned Floridian February 20, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Todd your outrage is misplaced and misguided. Sorry but smoke and mirror tactics do not change the reality.
Todd February 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Outrage? I am anything but and can't wait for the IZOD Series to arrive!! So, just what is the reality?
Mark E. Talboom, D.C. February 23, 2013 at 03:40 PM
It's all about blaming Obama for everything with you guys, isn't it? Obama was re-elected, so YOU GET OVER IT! Keystone will bring few permanent jobs the US. The tar sands are located in Canada. There will no more oil refined than we have now. There will be no new refineries, which are already pumping to capacity (or whim) & KS oil isn't earmarked for sale to the United States anyway, so no lowering of gas prices and possible pollution of the ground water if there is ever a rupture in the pipeline & something goes wrong. AND something ALWAYS goes wrong. Maybe you remember that little BP explosion we had out on the gulf a few years ago-or not. You guys all seem to faulty memories when it comes to historical events. The oil companies already own drilling rights to 68 million acres of federal lands, onshore and offshore which they choose not to explore or they drill wells & then cap them in order to control the quantity oil on the market & keep their profits nice & high at the expense of the average American. Apparently, you don't care that we may soon be seeing $4+ a gallon oil; something you folks also like to blame on the president, when we all know that he has nothing to do with. I lived in Wyoming during the 80's oil embargo where there are wells are still capped today, while the oil industry execs and the "Drill Baby Drill!" types are howling to drill in our pristine National Parks and Forests. So keep whining about the president. It's what you're best at.


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