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Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg -- Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6, 2008 Preliminary Event Schedule Released Race organizers have released a preliminary schedule of events for the 2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The...

Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg -- Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6, 2008

Preliminary Event Schedule Released

Race organizers have released a preliminary schedule of events for the 2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The weekend of racing will feature the fourth running of the Honda Indy St. Pete on Sunday, the second running of the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg on Saturday afternoon and two Indy Pro Series races, with one held on Saturday afternoon and a second race on Sunday morning. The biggest change in the schedule from previous years is the movement of the Acura Sports Car Challenge, the American Le Mans Series feature race, to Saturday afternoon. Last year, the race had an early evening start.

"After speaking with race fans after last year's event, we have consolidated our schedule and amplified our overall event experience this year," said Tim Ramsberger, Vice President and General Manager of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. "The biggest changes were made on Saturday when now fans will be able to catch the Acura Sports Car Challenge and qualifying for the Honda Indy St. Pete all packed in between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. It really strengthens a great day of racing."

The event schedule is rounded out with air shows scheduled all three days, drifting exhibitions on Friday and Sunday and driver autograph sessions scheduled for Friday afternoon with the ALMS drivers and Saturday afternoon with the IndyCar Series drivers. Key times are:

Friday, 1:05 p.m. Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg Qualifying

Friday, 4:30 p.m. Autograph Session with American Le Mans Series Drivers

Saturday, 10:55 a.m. Honda Indy St. Pete Qualifying

Saturday, 12:55 p.m. Start of the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg

Saturday, 3:45 p.m. Autograph Session with IndyCar Series Drivers

Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Start of the first Indy Pro Series race

Sunday, 10:45 a.m. Start of the second Indy Pro Series Race

Sunday, 2:45 p.m. Start of the Honda Indy St. Pete

All times subject to change. Gates open at 8 a.m. daily.

Free Trial in IndyCar Series DownForce Fan Club Offered with Ticket Package

Race fans who purchase a pair of three-day reserved tickets to this year's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will receive a 60-day free trial full membership in the IndyCar Series DownForce Fan Club. Fan Club members receive passes to special members only events at select IndyCar Series races, as well as IndyCar memorabilia and special discounts and offers from the League. The special ticket offer is available only through the Hand Grand Prix box office and purchasers must mention the "DownForce" promotion when they purchase their tickets. To purchase tickets for this special offer, please call the Honda Grand Prix box office at 727.898-INDY x225.

-credit: gpsp

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Series ALMS , IndyCar , Indy Lights