St Petersburg, Florida has a tradition of street racing that dates back to Willy T Ribbs winning the inaugural Trans-Am race in 1985.
St Petersburg, Florida has a tradition of street racing that dates back to Willy T Ribbs winning the inaugural Trans-Am race in 1985. The bayside venue continued to host the final race of the season until 1990. The race was restored to the calendar from 1996-2000 at another temporary course a mile inland on the roads that surround Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. After a two-year hiatus, St Petersburg signed a deal with the Champ Car World Series to open the struggling championship’s 2003 season with racing restored to its bayside setting, albeit on a new layout that used the runways of the airport to the south of the original course. It transferred to the rival IRL IndyCar Series in 2005 when local resident Dan Wheldon led an Andretti Green 1-2-3-4.