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St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch named grand marshal of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding

St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch named grand marshal of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2022) - At the ‘first block’ track build ceremony held this morning on Dan Wheldon Way, St. Petersburg, Fla. Mayor Ken Welch was announced by race organizers as the honorary grand marshal for the upcoming Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding. The event is set for Feb. 25-27, 2022, on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg.  

Kenneth T. Welch, the 54th mayor of St. Petersburg, was sworn into office on Jan. 6, 2022, and on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, he will give the most famous command in motorsports. He will offer the words of “drivers start your engines” to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES field while standing in front of the starting grid on the main runway of Albert Whitted Airport. Mayor Welch will also participate in additional pre-race ceremonies during the event weekend.

“I am honored to be named this year’s Grand Marshal for the St. Petersburg Grand Prix,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch. “This event showcases so much of what our wonderful city offers — a pristine waterfront, warm breeze, plenty of sunshine, good people and loads of fun. I look forward to seeing you all on race day.”

"We are honored that our new mayor of ‘The Sunshine City’ accepted our invitation to be the event’s grand marshal and join us for this great weekend in downtown St. Petersburg," said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree St. Petersburg, LLC, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by RP Funding. “We are looking forward to introducing him to our amazing fans and the entire NTT INDYCAR SERIES racing community during the 18th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding.”

The track build began this morning to lay out the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary circuit and festival grounds. The 25-day project is highlighted by over 20 million pounds of concrete blocks being moved into place by Stepp’s Towing, grandstands and hospitality suites erected, and five bridges placed. The track construction culminates with an event weekend featuring 10 races taking the green flag across six different racing series. The 100-lap NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ season-opening race closes out the schedule with an approximate 12:30 p.m. EST start time on Sunday, Feb. 27, and live national broadcast coverage on NBC beginning at 12:00 noon EST.

Tickets for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding start as low as $25. For complete pricing, schedule and festival information, visit gpstpete.com. Follow the event on social media using @gpstpete and #FirestoneGP for the latest updates. Joining the E-Club also provides insider access to the latest news and offers. 

About Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding:

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a race event held during Florida’s spring break season. Traditionally the site of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ season-opening race, St. Pete is a destination city hosting this annual motorsports tradition and offering a festival atmosphere with its downtown location. The temporary circuit is a 1.8-mile, 14-turn configuration using the streets circling Pioneer Park, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlooks the waterfront of Tampa Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina. Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is owned and operated by Green Savoree St. Petersburg, LLC. Green Savoree St. Petersburg, LLC is owned by Green Savoree Racing Promotions 2, LLC whose other subsidiaries also promote three additional INDYCAR SERIES races, The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (July 1-3, 2022), Honda Indy Toronto (July 15-17, 2022), and Grand Prix of Portland (Sept. 2-4, 2022). 

 

For more information, visit gpstpete.com, ‘like’ its Facebook page at @GPSTPETE or follow the event on Twitter @GPSTPETE and Instagram @GPSTPETE using #FirestoneGP.

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