A little history about the Grand Prix. It has taken place off and on through the years starting in the early 1990s. It was just a one or two race event at that point but slowly grew over time. Initially, it was discontinued due to noise complaints but would return a couple years later. It's been going very strong since 2003 and has been televised on ESPN, ESPN2, Versus, NBC and several other stations. It's had a few sponsors, the most recent being Honda but Firestone has stepped in this year to ensure the race continues.
There will be all kinds of racing fun to be had at the event. The aforementioned Stadium Super Trucks pits high powered off-road trucks against each other in jumps, crossovers and super tight turns. The Pirelli World Challenge utilizes GT class cars such as Corvettes, GT-Rs, Audi R8s and more! And of course there's the main event, the IndyCar Series. It's the premier open-wheel racing in both the US and Canada. It uses short oval tracks, road courses and temporary street tracks. Truly one of racing's varied and enjoyable institutions.
The fun isn't just on the track either! There will be chances for driver autographs and photo ops. There will be Beer Gardens, interactive games and racing exhibits and some live music to boot! It's not just what you do when you watch the race but from where you do it from. Currently there are viewing packages of all kinds offered right now! If you have an office full of racing enthusiast you'll want to purchase the Pit Lane Suite. Overlooking the final turn, it holds up to 40 people and you can rent it for three full days of racing fun. It comes with souvenir programs and a customizable catering menu. If you would prefer a more aerial view, they also offer the Rooftop Hospitality Chalets. These hold 50 people and are located in the Mahaffey Theater Parking Garage. You can dine while looking over the IndyCar Paddock and you can watch the racing from a Grandstand! Lastly, they also provide yacht room as well. You can dock at the slip and cash in a great vantage point and fantastic deals. You can also simply sit track side or partake in the VIP club. There are several seating and viewing options!
Regardless of whether you'd like to take several friends or co-workers, view it from the air, land or even the sea. The Firestone Grand Prix is a racing event you don't want to miss! Make sure and check the website for all pricing, events, racers and dates. Start your engines!
By Joseph Joffo