Grand Prix track construction set to begin in downtown St. Petersburg

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 08, 2017, 11:10 AM EST

Construction is set to begin Wednesday on the racetrack for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. 

A ceremonial first block will be placed today on Bayshore Dr. SE and 1st Ave SE.

The weekend of racing, scheduled for March 10-12, will 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. 

There will be 13 total races culminating with the Indy Car Series race on March 12. 

Single day tickets start as low as $20 for Friday, $35 for Saturday and $50 for Sunday. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. 

A weekend General Admission ticket is $55. A single day Reserved Seat is available for $100 in upper rows and $75 in lower rows. Junior pricing is available for ages 12 and under.  

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 autograph sessions during the weekend.

For full pricing information and to buy tickets, visit, 'like' its Facebook page at, call 877-725-8849 or follow the event on Twitter @GPSTPETE  #FirestoneGP.