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Rowdies, Al Lang referendum an easy sale for Rick Baker

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This week, St. Petersburg residents start receiving ballots for the May 2 referendum asking to give the Tampa Bay Rowdies a 25-year lease for Al Lang Field. St. Pete Entrepreneur Bill Edwards is advocating — and paying for — the measure. However, considering the questions fielded in public forums by Edwards’ spokesperson Rick Baker, the referendum will be something of an easy sale. Baker, the former (and possibly future) mayor, is making his pitch to neighborhood and community groups throughout the city.…

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Sabastien Bourdais wins St. Pete Grand Prix by going worst-to-first

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Sebastien Bourdais started the day in last place. He finished in first. Any questions? Bourdais took the St. Petersburg Grand Prix Sunday, beating reigning Series champion Simon Pagenaud by more than 10 seconds. Bourdais, who is from France but lives in St. Petersburg, started the day in 21st place – last – after a problem in qualifying. “It’s probably the hardest race to recover. The (passing) windows are super narrow, and it’s difficult to pass,” Bourdais said. “We had a pretty good…

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For 2nd straight year, Juan Pablo Montoya rules St. Petersburg

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The view is kind of a blur. The sunshine is kind of hot. The beach life is just a rumor. But make no mistake. Juan Pablo Montoya likes it here. Montoya won his second straight Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday afternoon, beating teammate Simon Pagenaud by 2.3 seconds. Montoya, who also won the Indy 500 last year, led Penske to its eighth win in 12 tries. That team win came despite pole-winner Will Power missing the race with a…

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Will Power wins his sixth pole for Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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With a name like Will Power, you might guess that the Indycar driver had a bit of intestinal fortitude. Despite a stomach bug, Power set a record for qualifying for Sunday’s St. Petersburg Grand Prix. Power had a record of 1:00.5678 with his first lap, and his second was 1:00.0658 in his Verizon No. 12. It was Power’s sixth pole at St. Pete in nine career races. The Australian has won 43 career poles. What a great run today for…

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Not going to the Grand Prix? Here’s some other stuff to do in St. Pete

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Tens of thousands of St Pete residents and out of towners will flock to downtown St. Pete this week for the St Petersburg Firestone Grand Prix. But for those who aren’t up for paying big bucks to watch fast cars and hear loud noises, there’s plenty else happening around town this weekend. The SunLit Festival continues this weekend with several events. The 35th Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is happening Friday through Sunday at the Coliseum in downtown. The event…

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Here’s everything you need to know heading into this year’s Grand Prix

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It’s race week in St. Pete. The St. Petersburg Firestone Grand Prix kicks off this Friday and runs through Sunday in downtown. Whether residents are going to the race or just trying to navigate downtown for other activities, here’s everything you need to know about St. Pete’s busiest weekend. Parking will be a challenge. Loads of extra bike racks will be set up at Grand Prix entry points to encourage fans to bike rather than drive to the event. For…

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Grand Prix to race in St. Pete through 2020

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The St. Pete Grand Prix got the green flag to race in downtown until 2020. The original deal would have expired in 2017. Chris Ballestra, the city’s managing director of development coordination, told City Council the administration had negotiated with the company Green Savoree to secure an updated contract that allows the Indy Car race to continue in St. Pete while still protecting residents and the city’s interests. The new deal includes about an extra $350,000 in benefits to the…

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