Great year for Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg    

 

      It was another great year for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. A 1.8 mile street circuit that races on the streets of Downtown St. Petersburg. It was near perfect sunny weather for the entire 3 day weekend. This year I was on assignment for Downtown St. Petersburg which shares only the BEST of the BEST of DTSP which of course includes the excitement of the Grand Prix. I last shot the Grand Prix in 2014 and you can view that entry here.

          The day starts for us photographers in a photo meeting at the Mahaffey Theater where we learn the do’s-and-dont’s of shooting a IndyCar race. Basically play and shoot smart, watch the wall and track, and lastly don’t end up on a hot track. We also got some info on all the photo holes  around the track that provide unrestricted views of the track. About playing smart – some of these holes the cars past just a few feet away from you.

          The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is not only IndyCar but also includes Super Stadium Trucks and the Pirelli World Challenge series. What is great about the Firestone Grand Prix is that in includes all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy series featuring Cooper Tires USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights. Did I mention that drivers in the US2000 program can be 14 years old – wow. When they win no champagne for them :).

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IndyCar Racing on the Street of Downtown St. Petersburg

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Stadium Super Trucks

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Stadium Super Trucks

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Pirelli World Challenge series

Al Lang Stadium home of the Tampa Bay Rowdies

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#9, Scott Dixon passes as seen through a photo hole

 

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Pirelli World Challenge

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Mazda Light Race – Albert Whited Apirport

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Sometimes accidents happen 🙁

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