Get ready for three days of racing through the streets of St. Pete. (Firestone Grand Prix St. Pete)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Downtown St. Pete is open for all race fans, visitors and residents alike as the city welcomes three days of fast cars, world-class drivers and family activities on the waterfront during the 15th Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg March 8-10.

Mayor Rick Kriseman will host a flag-raising ceremony Thursday, March 7 at 10 a.m. on the northwest lawn of City Hall, 175 5th St. N. Scott Dixon, five-time NTT IndyCar Series Champion and Indy 500 Champion, will join the ceremony.

To get the Grand Prix weekend off to a speedy start, everyone is invited to embrace the race with music, arts and crafts and family activities at the Fast Friday festivities in North Straub Park on Friday, March 8.

The party kicks off at 6 p.m. with the seventh annual Modern Business Associates 5K Run on the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Track in North Straub Park. Athletes of all ages and abilities can run or walk along a waterfront course that takes place completely on the iconic 1.8-mile, 14-turn racetrack and in the same direction as the race cars for the first time. Advance registration is $40 online. Proceeds will benefit the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg.

In addition to the Friday 5K race, a free Movies on the Lawn event will be held in North Straub Park, screening "Herbie Fully Loaded." Kids can enjoy a free arts activity – a build your own race car crafts station, coordinated by the Junior League of St. Petersburg. Music and the arts activity begin at 5:30 p.m., with the movie starting at dark.

As the season-opening event for the ninth consecutive year on the 2019 17-race NTT IndyCar Series schedule, downtown St. Pete transforms into a race course and offers track-side waterfront views for fans of all ages.

The IndyCar 110-lap feature will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network with television coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. All on-track IndyCar sessions will be streamed live throughout the weekend on the NBC Sports Gold App with the IndyCar Pass.

In total, 11 races will take the green flag during the weekend schedule. Stay on top of the action at the track, follow your favorite team or driver and learn what’s going on in downtown St. Pete using the official Grand Prix hashtag #FirestoneGP. Follow @StPeteFL for the latest updates and standings and show support by using #EmbraceTheRace.

Click here for more information on parking and city events. For additional activities happening at Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, click here.

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