USA - UNITED STATES
ST. PETERSBURG (BAYFRONT CENTER)
Description  
Location St. Petersburg
FL - Florida - Southern States
Location Around Bayfront Center Arena, in Pioneer Park and (for some layouts only) onto runways at Albert Whitted Airport
Latitude - Longitude + 27°45'55"     - 82°37'56"
27.765278     -82.632222
UTM Coordinates X = 339157.013  -  Y = 3072268.915  -  Zone 17R
Aerial photo / Map (*) Aerial photo / Map (*) Google Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Bing Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Microsoft Research Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) MapQuest
Altitude AMSL 1 m - 3 ft
Inauguration 1985
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English (United States) St.Petersburg Times on-line
(2) English ForumForum --> North America --> USA: Southern States -->
(3) English www.etracksonline.co.uk/News/stories/news_id046.html2002 proposal
(4) English www.milermeter.com/?r=2416938Track layout
(5) English (United States) www.na-motorsports.com/Tracks/FL/StPete.htmlNorth American Motorsports Pages
(6) English www.racingcircuits.netMotor Racing Circuits Database
(7) English (United States) www.trackforum.com
(8) English (United States) www.autoracing1.com/htmfiles/2001/CART/1126StPete.htm2001 proposal [Publishing date: November 26th 2001]
(9) English (United States) www.gpstpete.comOfficial website

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Bayfront Center
Description Street circuit first used in 1985 for a Tranms Am race. It was a atypical circuit, very fast, dangerous, similar to an oval with the exceprion of a chicane built in the parking of baseball A.J. Lang stadium. As Montecarlo circuit, it laid on the promenade, named Bayshore Drive. It had 8 right and 3 left corners. Starting line was on the small straight, parallel to A.Whitthed Airport. Boxes were built in the area overhanging the parking of the present Bayfront Center. After two right corners, the circuit went on 1st Street. After Long Stadium, the track went right using a section of the parking and going back on the street near to Pioneer Park. Then there was a long straight (Beach Drive), slighlty shifted on the right and a double right bend (5th Avenue NE), then a long return straight that went back to 5th Avenue SE and finish line. In 1987 Jim Fitzgerald died during the race. The last race was held in 1990, then races were canceled because of the lack of main sponsor after a bankruptcy
Years 1985÷1990
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page November 29th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points 5th Avenue SE - 1st Street SE - Beach Drive NE - 5th Avenue NE - Bayshore Drive NE - Bayshore Drive SE - 5th Avenue SE
length 3219  m 10560  ft 2  mi   (6)

Bayfront Center
Description In 2001 organizers of Long Beach GP were asked by Cart to create a race at St. Petersburg, scheduled on Febrary 2003. Tropicana Field circuit already used by IMSA was not suitable for single seaters, so they decided to create a new circuit in the A. Whitted airport area, using some streets already used in 1985÷1990 too. Some unofficial layouts were proposed; I think the one shown here (yellow) is dated November 2001 and it’s completely different from the final one.
Direction anticlockwise is to be confirmed
Years 2001
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page November 29th 2007
Info last update November 2001
Designer  
Distinctive points Bayshore Drive
length 3058  m 10032  ft 1.9  mi   (8)

Bayfront Center
Description Updated proposal of the circuit to be used in February 2003 (layout not shown in my maps)
Years 2002
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page November 29th 2007
Info last update April 7th 2002
Designer  
Distinctive points  

Bayfront Center
Description Street circuit used only for Champ Car race on February 23rd 2003. It reuses some section of 1985÷1990 Trans-Am circuit. The race was scheduled in 2004 too, but it was canceled because of Champ Car crisis and some organizing problems.
Start line was on a runway and it was followed by a slight right bend. After that, there were two right-left corners and - after a short link - the circuit went on 1st Avenue, using the same track of the old Trans-Am circuit. New circuit left the old one at Pioneer Park, turning right and joining the opposite straight. After that, it went back to airport area and after some corners it went back to start/finish straight.
Years 2003
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration February 23rd 2003
Closing February 23rd 2003
Last update of this page November 29th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points 5th Avenue SE - 1st Street SE - Bayshore Drive SE - 5th Avenue SE
length 2906  m 9535  ft 1.806  mi   (6)
length 3219  m 10560  ft 2  mi   (9)

Bayfront Center
Description The circuit is modified again for IRL race schedled on April 2nd 2006: chicane between 5th Avenue SE and 1st Street SE has been straightened.
Years 2006÷...
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration April 2nd 2006
Closing  
Last update of this page November 29th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points 5th Avenue SE - 1st Street SE - Bayshore Drive SE - 5th Avenue SE
length 2897  m 9504  ft 1.8  mi   (9)
length 2871  m 9418  ft 1.784  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (4)

Bayfront Center
Description Street circuit, first used on April 3rd 2005 for the first IRL race on a street circuit. The track is very similar to 2003 one: the only change is at the first corner, so consequently start/finish straight is a little longer.
Years 2005
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration April 3rd 2005
Closing April 3rd 2005
Last update of this page November 29th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points 5th Avenue SE - 1st Street SE - Bayshore Drive SE - 5th Avenue SE
length 2897  m 9504  ft 1.8  mi   (9)

St. Petersburg, Bayfront Center 1985÷1990

St. Petersburg, Bayfront Center 1985÷1990


St. Petersburg, Bayfront Center: 2001 proposal

St. Petersburg, Bayfront Center: 2001 proposal


St. Petersburg, Bayfront Center 2003

St. Petersburg, Bayfront Center 2003


St. Petersburg, Bayfront Center 2006÷...

St. Petersburg, Bayfront Center 2006÷...

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Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
November 29th 2008       Peer Risch   Update Map
February 1st 2007 Bayfront Center 1985÷1990 Guido de Carli     Update Description
February 21st 2006 Bayfront Center 2005 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli Lorenzo Tommasi New Description with map
February 21st 2006 Bayfront Center 2001 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli Lorenzo Tommasi New Description with map
February 21st 2006 Bayfront Center 2003 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli Lorenzo Tommasi New Description with map
January 17th 2006 Bayfront Center 1985÷1990 Guido de Carli   Lorenzo Tommasi Update Description
January 10th 2006 Bayfront Center 1985÷1990 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli Lorenzo Tommasi New Description with map
November 12th 2005     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli Lorenzo Tommasi New Description with map
February 22nd 2004 Bayfront Center 2001 Guido de Carli     New Description
May 4th 2003 Bayfront Center 2003 Guido de Carli     Update Description
August 7th 2002     Guido de Carli     Update Description
Not all eventual updates issued in last years are already visible in this list
 
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