Tickets to the 2012 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg are on sale. The event returns to the streets of downtown St. Petersburg March 23-25 and will mark the start of the 2012 IndyCar Series season for the second year in a row, ushering the global debut of the new IndyCar chassis and the return of competition among engine manufacturers.
The marquee race will continue to be the IndyCar Series and will mark the eighth year of racing on the streets of St. Petersburg. The event will serve as home race to a number of Florida residents including Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves, who is the only two time winner in St. Petersburg. Other drivers to compete include former winners Dario Franchitti, Will Power, Ryan Briscoe and Graham Rahal, along with Marco Andretti and Scott Dixon, among others. Support series races rounding out the schedule will be announced at a later date.
The Grand Prix will also hold a special tribute for the late Dan Wheldon, who was a local resident and won the event's inaugural race in 2005. Organizers have established a committee consisting of city, IndyCar, race officials and other stakeholders to determine memorial plans and will announce details in the new year.
The new IndyCar chassis, designed by Dallara Automobili, will make its first appearance of the season during Grand Prix. In honor of Wheldon and his efforts in testing the car during the 2011 season, the new chassis will be labeled 'DW12'. The 2012 season will also showcase three engine manufacturers, creating room for more competition than ever before. Honda, the sole engine supplier of the series since 2006, will be joined by Chevrolet and Lotus to provide turbocharged V-6 engines to competing teams, a move from last year's V-8 engine.
The Grand Prix also will keep race fans entertained with interactive activities in the Bright House Speed Zone, live music, exhibits, great food concessions and beer gardens, and much more.
Tickets range in price from $20 to $125. Paddock passes are also available starting at $40 for an adult single day pass. Reduced rate tickets are offered to juniors, ages 12 and under, in certain ticket categories.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.gpstpete.com or by phone at 877-283-5385.