The NTT IndyCar Series announced on Wednesday that due to the ongoing COVID 19 global pandemic that the 2021 season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg which was due to take place between March 5 and 7 will now not take place with Barber Motorsports Park kicking off the season on April 11.
The news means that the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg which played host to an action packed season finale culminating in Scott Dixon claiming his sixth series title will now take place on Sunday April 25 marking a thrilling start to the 2021 season.
Speaking about the news, Penske Entertainment Corporation President and CEO Mark Miles said:
It’s not surprising that an event of this magnitude, scheduled for the first week of March, is still subject to the implications of the pandemic. “We’re delighted we were able to work with Mayor Rick Kriseman’s administration and Green Savoree Racing Promotions to find a more suitable date, which helps consolidate the beginning of our schedule and allows us to stay on NBC network television.
Chairman and CEO of GP St Pete Kim Green commented on the announcement saying:
We appreciate the officials at INDYCAR for their support in setting a new date for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and also to Mayor Kriseman and his team at the City of St. Petersburg for identifying a time when it will be conducive for more fans to attend,. “We are grateful to keep the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in the springtime window and also maintain the live national broadcast coverage of the race on NBC.