City of St. Pete, St. Pete Chamber partner for Firestone Grand Prix Experience

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 As St. Petersburg gears up to open the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg next weekend, residents and visitors take the checkered flag with a mobile coupon program, a joint effort between the city and the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Race fans and the general public will be able to take advantage of the mobile discounts during Grand Prix weekend on a variety of goods and services from downtown merchants, including dining, shopping, attractions and activities, accommodations, and transportation through the Grand Prix Digital Coupon Book, available at www.stpetefans.com. The coupons are valid through Sunday, March 30.

“Adding the digital coupon component to the Firestone Grand Prix fan experience is a plus for everyone, not just race fans,” said Chris Steinocher, St. Petersburg Chamber President. “We’re encouraged by the number of merchants who’ve decided to embrace the race,’ with the discount program. Downtown is still open for business during Grand Prix weekend, and we’re hopeful everyone has an opportunity to experience a slice of the Burg.”

The mobile site also includes information on track activities, maps, parking and transportation options, emergency contacts, and St. Petersburg’s nightlife. Fans can join the conversation with their favorite driver or team, check out the Spotter Guide, and get the story behind the Dan Wheldon Victory Circle Memorial, all at their fingertips.

Fans are encouraged to follow all of the trackside action on Facebook and Twitter using @gpstpete and #firestonegp, get news and events about the city of St. Petersburg using @StPeteFL and #stpete, and hospitality information using @VSPC. And Mayor Kriseman is encouraging everyone to come together to celebrate of a decade of street-legal racing in St. Petersburg with #EmbraceTheRace.

Starting Friday, March 28, volunteer Street Ambassadors from the city, the St. Petersburg Chamber, and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater wearing white Firestone T-shirts and red ball caps will be located outside the track at Gate 5 (Second St. S. and Fifth Ave. S.), at Gate 1 (First Ave. SE and First St.) and at shuttle stops to answer questions, provide directions and offer sunscreen and earplugs to race fans. Carrying bright red messenger bags, another group of volunteer Street Ambassadors will mingle, ready to answer questions, provide directions and information along with encouraging fans to remain downtown for shopping and dining after racing ends for the day.

Ticket booths and ATMs are conveniently located near the Grand Prix’s two outside information booths at Gate 1 and Gate 5, with Will Call also at Gate 5. Wheelchair accessibility crossings are located near each gate with 
intermittent track crossings. Those needing assistance entering the track will find a crossing schedule posted at each gate as well as at www.gpstpete.com

“We’re looking forward to a weekend of sun and speed in St. Petersburg as we welcome the Grand Prix to our sparkling waterfront March 28-30,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “I hope everyone is as excited and enthusiastic as I am about celebrating 10 years of world-class racing in St. Petersburg as we come together to embrace the race.”

Mayor Rick Kriseman waves the green flag for the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 30, at 3:30 p.m. The race will be broadcast on ABC. 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.