ST PETERSBURG, Fla. – Three-time Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg race winner Helio Castroneves will serve as the grand marshal for the March 9-11 race weekend.
Castroneves, who gained global notoriety for his dazzling performance away from the race car by winning Dancing with the Stars in 2007, has claimed the most IndyCar wins in the event’s 13-year history.
“The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has always been one of my favorite events. The fences are great to climb.” said Helio Castroneves, the longtime Team Penske driver. “I am honored to be grand marshal this year. I will miss competing in the race, but I look forward to seeing all of the fans and taking part in all of the activities during the weekend. I cannot wait to see the new aero kit Indy cars – fans will not want to miss out on all of the action.”
Firestone, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and Team Penske have joined together to honor and celebrate Castroneves’ accomplishments as an IndyCar driver, including three Indianapolis 500 victories during his 20-year Indy car career. His involvement as grand marshal will span five days of activities encompassing community, media and fan interaction events on site and within the City of St. Petersburg.
“Everyone at Firestone is grateful to Helio (Castroneves) for his contributions to our sport,” said Lisa Boggs, director of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. “Honoring him as grand marshal of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a great way to thank him and give fans the opportunity to let him know how much they appreciate all he has done. Helio raced on Firestone Firehawks for almost two decades, so it is fitting that he is a part of this race weekend.”
“It’s our honor to have Helio join us as grand marshal and recognize his many IndyCar achievements at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg,” said Kim Green,co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “Our fans will no doubt give him a great reception as he returns to the race track where he sets the standard for success.”