As most of you know, I spent last weekend at the Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg. Three days of petrol fumes, fast cars (and trucks), and over-priced beverages. If you want to go see a race in person, I can not recommend this event enough. Even if IndyCar isnā€™t your thing (though Iā€™ve become a regular watcher of it, itā€™s not even close to my favorite series to watch), itā€™s a sight to behold at our waterfront street circuit. Though they moved the inner fencing back a few extra feet this year, there probably isnā€™t another track where you can get as close to the race. If you know where to go, you can stand eight feet from a car approaching 180mph (or more) on the front straight. Itā€™s exhilarating. Seriously, if you can, go to this race.

Alongside IndyCar, the weekend also features Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, USF2000, Pirelli World Challenge, and Stadium Super Trucks. Itā€™s a full weekend of racing. Cars hit the track at 7:30am and run until about 6pm each day. Itā€™s bonkers. Itā€™s nearly impossible to take it all in. I did my best and still missed a few things.

Overall, it was a great weekend. I saw some fantastic racing, met some some nice folks, didnā€™t get sunburned (unlike last year), only got reprimand by one track official, and avoided getting run over by a race car (had a close call last year). Over the course of three days I walked about 21 miles, and between my phone and camera, took over 4000 photographs. Below are a handful of pics from various points in the weekend. For my full ā€œBest Of...ā€ gallery of 184 photos, head over to this Flickr album: https://flickr.com/photos/4738624ā€¦

Enjoy.

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Whoā€™s the happiest little race car in the paddock?

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Always dress to impress.

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BOP Restrictor in the PWC Merc

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Selfie in transportor

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Making passes around the outside of the final turn!

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