The NTT IndyCar Series announced today that the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg which was postponed in March due to COVID 19 will serve as the 2020 season ending event taking place from October 23-25.
Speaking about the news, President and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corporation Mark Miles said:
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.
The NTT IndyCar Series season was due to get underway on March 15 but will now start on June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway and speaking about the rescheduled Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Mayor of St Petersburg Rick Kriseman said:
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.
Director of Motorsports with Bridgestone Americas, the parent company of Firestone Racing the title sponsor of the race in St Petersburg said:
We greatly appreciate the efforts of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, INDYCAR, Mayor Kriseman and the City of St. Petersburg to find a new date for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Coming back to the streets of St. Pete to close the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season is a great way to thank the incredible fans in this area for their support. While we couldn’t kick off the season with them as planned, we now look forward to crowning the 2020 INDYCAR champion together in October.”
Previously purchased tickets to the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be valid on the corresponding days of the postponed event. Ticket purchasers on file will receive instructions via email. Additional event information and customer FAQs will be posted at http://gpstpete.com/
Kim Green, CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions the organisers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg said:
Having a rescheduled date for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a very positive development. “This could only happen because of our partners’ commitment and support at City of St. Petersburg, INDYCAR and Firestone. We hope this offers both Floridians and our race fans something to look forward to later this year as we navigate through these unprecedented times for us all.
Co owner, president and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions kevin Savoree said:
Thank you to our fans for their patience and understanding as we’ve worked through this process with Mayor Kriseman, City Council, the City of St. Petersburg’s event team, INDYCAR and Firestone. It’s been a terrific team effort by all, and we appreciate the opportunity to host the event again this fall in one of the most fantastic settings in downtown St. Petersburg.