HOUSTON -- Grand Prix racing is returning to Houston for the first time in six years, and Mayor Parker was there on Wednesday to help kick off the festivities.
Mayor Parker and three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves waved the green flag, welcoming racing back to Houston.
"We didn't want it to go away,” Mayor Parker said. “We are glad to have it back and it really took a lot of work by a great team to put the package together, and there are people scrambling as we speak to make sure the track is ready to go."
To boost publicity, Mayor Parker declared Wednesday “Shell and Penzoil Grand Prix of Houston Day."
Every one hopes it won't rain this weekend, like it did during the proclamation.
Racing runs Friday through Sunday, and there will be something for everyone, with family-friendly activities like music, go-carting and exhibits.