Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg postponed until April

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ‘ The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the postponement of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for the second time in a year. The 17th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St.

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The 17th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, originally set for March 5-7, will instead be held April 23-25, according to officials from the city of St. Petersburg, Green Savoree St. Petersburg, L.L.C. (GSSP) and IndyCar.

Organizers said the switch was made with the understanding a greater number of fans might be able to attend the race at the later date.

The event usually kicks off the IndyCar season. Last year, it served as the season finale for the NTT IndyCar due to its postponement because of the pandemic.

The St. Petersburg circuit is a temporary 1.8-mile, 14-turn track, using the streets circling Pioneer Park, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlooks the waterfront of Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina.

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Grand Prix of St. Petersburg rescheduled for Oct. 23-25, with fans

Two months to the day after the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg became one of the area’s last big events to shut down, it became the first major local sporting entity to announce its restart in the coronavirus era.

Race organizers announced Wednesday that the annual event has been rescheduled for Oct. 23-25. Instead of its traditional place as the IndyCar Series’ season opener, the Grand Prix will serve as its championship race ‘ hopefully with fans in attendance.

‘The City of St. Petersburg stands ready to welcome back the fans of IndyCar, drivers, teams, and sponsors in October’ Mayor Rick Kriseman said in a statement. ‘I am confident that the race will occur in a manner that puts public health at the forefront.”


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Date: 2020-05-13 17:05:43
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IndyCar to end 2020 season at St. Petersburg on October 25

The NTT IndyCar Series has announced today that the 2020 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has successfully been rescheduled to Sunday, October 25. The event will serve as the new season-finale, with St. Petersburg having originally supposed to kick-off the season back in March.

March’s originally slated Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was cancelled at the last minute as the sheer severity of COVID-19 became apparent across the globe. Shortly thereafter, planned IndyCar races at Long Beach, the Circuit of the Americas and Barber Motorsports Park were cancelled outright, whilst other events were postponed until later in the year.

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Date: 2020-05-13T18:34:46+00:00
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IndyCar’s 2020 season finale will be Oct. 25 on streets of St. Petersburg

Once scheduled to open the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will wrap the schedule on Sunday, Oct. 25.

IndyCar announced the new date Wednesday with a release that the race will be held with fans. Race organizers said tickets for the previous March 13-15 race weekend will be honored on corresponding days.

Though reconstructing a street course can take weeks, the city of St. Petersburg has left many of its grandstands up along the layout.

Mark Miles, CEO of the company that runs IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said the support of Mayor Kriseman had made the logistics possible for returning to St. Petersburg.

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