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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg photog favorites

The morning sun casts shadows of palm trees along the track as USF 2000 cars race below near Al Lang Stadium on day two of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday (03/11/17).
Published Mar. 13, 2017

Tampa Bay Times staff photographers Dirk Shadd, Eve Edelheit, Luis Santana, Chris Urso, Andres Leiva and Charlie Kaijo have spent the past four days covering the events during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. During this time their shutters have opened and closed thousands of times creating images for the pages and online galleries for the Tampa Bay Times. Below is a gallery of their favorite images from the past weekend.

Dirk Shadd

DIRK SHADD | Times

The morning sun casts shadows of palm trees along the track as USF2000 cars race below near Al Lang Stadium on day two of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday.

DIRK SHADD | Times

The morning sun casts shadows of palm trees along the track as USF2000 cars race below near Al Lang Stadium on day two of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Valya Taylor, 5, from Sarasota, checks out the cars on the track while in the courtyard between the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater during her first time at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday. "She likes super speedy fast stuff," her mom, Spangle Taylor said.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Valya Taylor, 5, from Sarasota, checks out the cars on the track while in the courtyard between the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater during her first time at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday. "She likes super speedy fast stuff," her mom, Spangle Taylor said.

DIRK SHADD | Times

IndyCar drivers Alexander Rossi, left, laughs with Tony Kanaan, center, and Scott Dixon backstage during the driver introductions at the start of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday.

DIRK SHADD | Times

IndyCar drivers Alexander Rossi, left, laughs with Tony Kanaan, center, and Scott Dixon backstage during the driver introductions at the start of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday.

DIRK SHADD | Times

IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais, center, is showered in champaign by second place finisher and fellow Frenchman, Simon Pagenaud, and third place finisher Scott Dixon, from New Zealand, in the victory circle after winning the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday. Bourdais started in last place and came all the way from the back to win the race.

DIRK SHADD | Times

IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais, center, is showered in champaign by second place finisher and fellow Frenchman, Simon Pagenaud, and third place finisher Scott Dixon, from New Zealand, in the victory circle after winning the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday. Bourdais started in last place and came all the way from the back to win the race.

DIRK SHADD | Times

IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais waves to the fans through the haze of his tire smoke as he celebrates his win in turn at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday.

DIRK SHADD | Times

IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais waves to the fans through the haze of his tire smoke as he celebrates his win in turn at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday.

Eve Edelheit

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Verizon IndyCar series driver Sebastien Bourdais, who lives in St. Petersburg, gets ready for his practice on the track on day two of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday, March 11, 2017.

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Verizon IndyCar series driver Sebastien Bourdais, who lives in St. Petersburg, gets ready for his practice on the track on day two of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday, March 11, 2017.

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Verizon IndyCar series driver Ryan Hunter-Reay rides on his scooter with his son, Ryden, 4, after the IndyCar practice on day two of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday, March 11, 2017.

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Verizon IndyCar series driver Ryan Hunter-Reay rides on his scooter with his son, Ryden, 4, after the IndyCar practice on day two of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Luis Santana

LUIS SANTANA | Times

A pit crew member grabs a brand new Firestone Firehawk IndyCar racing tire before the start of morning practice sessions on the opening day of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

LUIS SANTANA | Times

A pit crew member grabs a brand new Firestone Firehawk IndyCar racing tire before the start of morning practice sessions on the opening day of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

LUIS SANTANA | Times

A Stadium Super Trucks driver launches off a ramp heading to turn 1 on the opening day of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

LUIS SANTANA | Times

A Stadium Super Trucks driver launches off a ramp heading to turn 1 on the opening day of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Chris Urso

CHRIS URSO | Times

Spectators cast shadows on a banner while sitting in the grandstands during the morning practices at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday, March 11, 2017.

CHRIS URSO | Times

Spectators cast shadows on a banner while sitting in the grandstands during the morning practices at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday, March 11, 2017.

CHRIS URSO | Times

Corner marshals hold a caution flag as the #28 car driven by Ryan Hunter-Reay comes out of pits during the early laps of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday, March 12, 2017.

CHRIS URSO | Times

Corner marshals hold a caution flag as the #28 car driven by Ryan Hunter-Reay comes out of pits during the early laps of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday, March 12, 2017.

CHRIS URSO | Times

Stadium Super Trucks driver Robby Gordon flies past spectators during a race at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday, March 11, 2017.

CHRIS URSO | Times

Stadium Super Trucks driver Robby Gordon flies past spectators during a race at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Andres Leiva

ANDRES LEIVA | Times

The #5 car driven by James Hinchcliffe takes turn 10 during early laps of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday, March 12, 2017.

ANDRES LEIVA | Times

The #5 car driven by James Hinchcliffe takes turn 10 during early laps of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday, March 12, 2017.

ANDRES LEIVA | Times

The Dale Coyne Racing Team pit team works on car #18, driven by Sebastien Bourdais, during the final day of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

ANDRES LEIVA | Times

The Dale Coyne Racing Team pit team works on car #18, driven by Sebastien Bourdais, during the final day of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Charlie Kaijo

CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

James Hinchcliffe signs an autograph for Noah Dross, 11, of St. Petersburg, just prior to the Verizon IndyCar Practice during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Dross said he has been coming to the races since he was three-years-old and likes meeting the racers.

CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

James Hinchcliffe signs an autograph for Noah Dross, 11, of St. Petersburg, just prior to the Verizon IndyCar Practice during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Dross said he has been coming to the races since he was three-years-old and likes meeting the racers.

CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

Jayson Leonard pulls Dominik Leonard, 18 months, in a stroller during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday, March 12, 2017. It's Dominik's first race. "He'll be in a go-cart next year," Leonard said about his son. "I was talking to Hinch (Hinchcliffe) the other day, and he said he started when he was 18 months."

CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

Jayson Leonard pulls Dominik Leonard, 18 months, in a stroller during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday, March 12, 2017. It's Dominik's first race. "He'll be in a go-cart next year," Leonard said about his son. "I was talking to Hinch (Hinchcliffe) the other day, and he said he started when he was 18 months."

CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

The #15 car of Graham Rahal speeds past fans during the Verizon IndyCar Series at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday, March 12, 2017.

CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

The #15 car of Graham Rahal speeds past fans during the Verizon IndyCar Series at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday, March 12, 2017.

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