The Firestone Grand Prix is celebrating its 10th year here in St. Pete.
Get ready to hear those engines rev up all weekend, the Firestone Grand Prix of St petersburg festivities get underway starting at 8 am.
St. Petersburg, Florida -- Get ready to hear those engines rev up all weekend at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
The Firestone Grand Prix is celebrating its 10th year here in St. Pete and while the engines rev up for practice all day, we take a moment to look back to the beginning of the Grand Prix and to one of those racers lost to the sport.
You may remember Dan Wheldon who won the inaugural Grand Prix in St petersburg in 2005.
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As many fans know he died in a crash three years ago.
But Wheldon's five year old son, Sebastian, is following in his father's footsteps. He even led the pack in a ceremonial first lap at a pre-race event in Manatee County last week.
Dan's widow Susie says seeing him take that first lap means the world.
"You know, it's definitely something that comes with mixed emotions...it can be emotional at times and bring up some feelings, she said. "Certainly wish Dan was here to witness all of this. It just would have been something he would have been so proud of to see sebastian out there and following after his footsteps."
The St. Petersburg Grand Prix is set to run through Sunday with finals to conclude the race, the Verizon IndyCar Series set to conclude Sunday at 3 p.m.
As for rain, race officials are keeping their eyes on the sky. Indy cars have specialized tires that can be put on in case the roads get slick, and race officials say they will do everything they can to keep cars on the road as long as it's safe.