The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has been confirmed as the finale for the rescheduled 2020 NTT IndyCar Series on October 25.
The new date was confirmed by IndyCar officials, Green Savoree St. Petersburg, LCC (GSSP), and the City of St. Petersburg. It marks the 16th consecutive year of the event, yet the first as the season-closer.
The event was originally scheduled to take place on March 15. However, the escalating situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak forced a last-minute postponement.
Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO, Mark Miles, said the St. Petersburg circuit will provide for an exhilarating finale.
“The streets of St. Petersburg will make for a fitting and action-packed finale in a venue and city that our entire IndyCar community holds dear.
“We extend our thanks and gratitude to Mayor Kriseman, Green Savoree and Firestone for working with us to find a new date for the event. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend of IndyCar action, and I know our drivers will have race day in St. Pete circled on their calendars.”
Mayor of St. Petersburg, Rick Kriseman, expressed excitement over the announcement.
“The City of St. Petersburg stands ready to welcome back the fans of IndyCar, drivers, teams and sponsors in October. I want to thank our partners at Green Savoree Racing Promotions for believing in this race and giving the residents of the Sunshine City something to look forward to.
“I am confident that the race will occur in a manner that puts public health at the forefront.”
Previously purchased tickets will be valid for the event. Ticket holders will receive additional information regarding the event.
Recently, Miles stated that the series expects a revised calendar featuring “at least 12” races, with a target of 15 before the end of the year.