BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.â€“-Sigma Autosport owner Tom Wieringa was invited to drive around the proposed CART circuit at St. Petersburg, last Wednesday. â€œI was selected by the St. Petersburg Commission to be a driver for the proposed circuit,â€ said...
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.–-Sigma Autosport owner Tom Wieringa was invited to drive around the proposed CART circuit at St. Petersburg, last Wednesday.
“I was selected by the St. Petersburg Commission to be a driver for the proposed circuit,” said Wieringa. “They wanted some feedback on what the course is like from a race car driver. Since I have had some experience, I was more than happy to accommodate them.”
Wieringa drove a rental car around the venue with Sigma Autosport Managing Director Gerard Hermsen, and organizers of the proposed St. Petersburg race as passengers.
The layout of the circuit is two miles long and overlooks several significant sites in St. Petersburg, including the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Demens Landing, the Bayfront Center Arena, Al Lang Field and the Albert Whitted Municipal Airport.
The main straight and pits will be located at the airport, with the rest of the course laid out on the city streets of St. Petersburg. A section of the track will be along the waterfront, similar to Long Beach. Organizing the potential race is the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, Inc. The race is planned for February of 2003, subject to CART's approval.
It has a vote of approval already from Wieringa.
“I was very impressed with this course,” said Wieringa. “It's similar to Long Beach in its presentation and there are several unique elements about the course.
“I'm looking forward to seeing a race here.”