Firestone Grand Prix faces weather woes

St. Petersburg, Florida --- The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is celebrating its 10th year in the city and is set to kick off this weekend.

But with weather conditions less than favorable, race workers are scrambling to a soggy finish.

Grand Prix president Tim Ramsburger says the weather could have been better.

"We prepare ourselves for these conditions, we prepare ourselves for contingencies like this," he said. "By compressing the schedule, we take on the risks, so this is one of those days where it's not great conditions to be working in, and yet it's 100 percent on us to get this track ready this week."

Organizers say a little rain won't stop the show, though. Road preparations have been going on for more than a month with many barriers already in place, transforming St. Petersburg streets and bringing the track to life.

As for the rain, track workers downtown are gung-ho.

"Yeah, we work right through the rain," said temporary fence manager with Smith Fences, Rob Luke.

And even if there's a drizzle this weekend, "the racing will continue if it's a light rain like this. So rain or shine, we're going to be racing this weekend," Ramsburger said.


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