Cruising at Ultimate Speed: Indy Car St. Pete

I got the IndyCar bug three years ago while working at a company who sponsored an IndyCar team. It was a fluke. I didn’t know the difference between IndyCar and Nascar (like so many others).

But as soon as I arrived to downtown St. Petersburg, something came over me – I heard those engines. And then I saw the track. And then I saw the speed!

I was hooked.

Three seasons ago, I was honored to be able to go into the driver paddocks, as well as pit lane to see Graham Rahal with RLL Racing.

Last year I was able to go to St. Pete Grand Prix again, and once again, I got to see Graham Rahal and the other drivers close up.

By pure chance last fall, I happened to meet someone through PRSA who had been in charge of media for GPSP for more than 20 years. Bart Graham asked me if I wanted to volunteer in the media center.

Of course — yes!! I signed up for all four days.

The experience was intense, close up look at the behind the scenes.  It started with being stationed at the Vinoy for the drivers media interviews. The local PRSA chapter held a talk with St Pete Chamber of Commerce CEO.

We were stationed in the Mahaffey Theater and had an amazing – and air-conditioned – view of the track. We could also go on the parking garage where there was another great view. The top three winners held press conferences in the Mahaffey where 400 members of media from around the world were gathered to report on the event.

Sharing a few photos here now.

It was an incredible opportunity.



About marsha strickhouser

Plate Girl, or Marsha, is not a girl, but a full grown woman who has been collecting dishes - yes, dishes - since I was a little girl. My grandmother was a newspaper food editor, my mother was a teacher and later an antiques dealer. I am guilty of reading Southern Living magazines ... just to look at the PLATES the recipes were served on.  I have more dishes than I need, and I promise I have given plates and sets of dishes to many, many people over the years. I believe setting a festive table makes the meal better and the day or night more memorable. I live in Tampa Bay were I set my table (and the tables of as many others who let me), as well as visit restaurants, hotels and beaches where I admire and photograph all things I think are pretty.  I have my degree in journalism from the University of Miami and have worked in public relations for more than 20 years. To contact me about about a blogging relationship, please email me at

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