St. Pete counts down world’s fastest Spring Break party

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St. Petersburg races into spring break with fast cars, world-class drivers, celebrities and family fun when the three-day speed fest kicks off with the Honda Grand Prix Illuminated Night Parade tonight at 7:30 p.m. The action heats up tomorrow when 175 cars jockey for position over the next three days during a record 10 races in six series, including the kickoff of the 2012 North American Ferrari Challenge and the IZOD IndyCar series. The weekend includes a tribute to INDYCar driver and St. Petersburg resident Dan Wheldon before Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will be broadcast on ABC.

In addition to the Ferrari Challenge, St. Petersburg native and Star Mazda driver Nick Andries, along with USF 2000 standout and local resident Shannon McIntosh, return for a second year alongside drivers from the IZOD Indy Lights, Pirelli World Challenge, Star Mazda and USF 2000 series.

A short distance from the track, race fans can score autographs from their favorite drivers in the INDYCar Fan Village, play family-friendly interactive games or browse motorsports displays in the Bright House Speed Zone, take a spin on the Ferris wheel, or get up-close-and-personal with the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

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