St. Pete track construction begins

The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship is getting closer and closer.

Today, track construction of the 1.8-mile Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg street circuit began as the first concrete barriers were put into position. Dragon Racing's Sebastien Bourdais was part of the audience at the ceremony.

The course will take 35 days to create through the effort of roughly 250 workers. More than 20,000 feet of steel-reinforced concrete barriers, 44,000 feet of fencing, and over 12,000 tires will be used in the construction process.

St. Petersburg will host the season-opening race weekend on March 22-24.

PHOTO CREDIT: Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg/Kathleen Stelmach, Torchia Communications