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The Firestone Grand Prix revs up for three days of auto racing in downtown St. Pete.

ST. PETERSBURG – The air in St. Pete has been alive this week with the roaring and whining sound of car engines as they prepare for this weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix.

This is the fourth year for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which is 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, and the Dali Museum. The course extends onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport. The event serves as the opening race for the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The week leading up to this weekend’s races included a kart race between several Tampa Bay area mayors. The winner was St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.

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Photo shows St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman on his way to winning a friendly kart race over other Tampa Bay area mayors. It also shows Kriseman wearing a Safety Helmet and the Grand Prix Flag that flies over St. Pete City Hall for the Duration of the event. photos courtesy of the city of St. Petersburg.

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