Some come for the speed. Others come for the thrill of the race.
"I heard it was exciting. My friend is a big real fan and he talked it up so much I decided I had to come check it out," said Richard Guerra.
Guerra came from South Texas.
"It is loud, it is awesome, it is exhilarating and it just gets you excited," he said.
Guerra has been bit by the Indy racing bug.
"I'm already texting people sending videos, this is really exciting. It's something I'm sure my friends would enjoy also," he said.
The St. Petersburg Grand Prix draws thousands each year--many from out-of-state and out-of-country.
"We are visiting from Colombia, South America," said Karol Fortich.
This is Karol Fortich's third visit. This time he is with a group of friends and family.
"We work all year just to come here to spend our money and have our fun," he said.
Fortich comes for the races, but takes time to enjoy all St. Petersburg has to offer.
"I believe the races are a lot of fun, but in addition to that the Dali museum is a lot of fun," he said.
The race doesn't just draw in fans from out-of-state.
Locals make their way down to the track every year.
"The excitement, the fun, the race cars, the speed," said Paul Keiland.
They're taking advantage of having such a big event in their backyard.
"The way they set up the track it is really impressive. It's cars, it's racing, it's what I love," said Keiland.
It is a race that has many talking, and one many plan to come back too.
"This is going to be something that as many times as I can get back here I will absolutely," said Guerra.
Organizers with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg said this is one of the biggest turn outs they've had in it's 10 years.
Organizers credit the clear weather and the later start time of the big race.
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