ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (FOX 13) - They are city streets where the speed limit is usually around 30 miles an hour, but not this weekend.
The Grand Prix sped back into St. Petersburg this weekend, bringing lots of noise and thrills along with it.
Ft. Myers resident David Milligan and his friends took their boat to St. Pete for the weekend to catch the race.
“It’s amazing to have an international event of this caliber in southwest Florida. You really can’t miss the opportunity,” Milligan said. “I want to watch all of the big names. I was a big Mario Andretti fan, so I’m rooting for Marc Andretti.”
Drivers took the time to sign autographs and take photos for some of their youngest fans. One father-son duo have been here for the last four years.
“He just loves it, so it’s a great experience for the both of us. I enjoy it, he enjoys it, cars go fast,” John Kelly said. “The weather is great, what more could you ask for?”
Weather was a big enough sell for John Chupka, who is in town from the Badger State.
“We’re from all the way in Wisconsin, where it’s below zero,” Chupka said. “So we’re here for the 80-plus degree temperatures.”
But there was another draw. Chupka’s daughter is dating one of the race car drivers, Parker Thompson. Thompson took first place Saturday. The 20 year-old Canadian has been racing since 2010.
“He’s been second place for the last couple of years,” Chupka said. “And we’re waiting for him to get first place. And he’s now won back to back races, so he’s off to a great start.”
The main event begins Sunday at 12:30 p.m.