St. Pete Grand Prix Rescheduled for October
The event, postponed because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, will serve as the 2020 INDYCAR finale. The MBA 5K Run on the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg track is rescheduled to Oct. 23.
ST. PETERSBURG – The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has been rescheduled to Oct. 23-25.
The event will now feature the crowning of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Oct. 25 because the original March 13-15 weekend was postponed because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“The city of St. Petersburg stands ready to welcome back the fans of INDYCAR, drivers, teams, and sponsors in October,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said. “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.”
The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a race event typically held during Florida’s spring break season each March. Usually the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ season-opening race, St. Pete is a destination city hosting this annual motorsports tradition and offering a festival atmosphere with its downtown location.
The temporary circuit is a 1.8-mile, 14-turn configuration 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 the St. Petersburg harbor and marina.
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is owned and operated by Green Savoree St. Petersburg, LLC. Green Savoree St. Petersburg, LLC is owned by Green Savoree Racing Promotions 2, LLC whose other subsidiaries also promote three additional INDYCAR races, Honda Indy Toronto (July 10-12), the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Aug. 7-9) and Grand Prix of Portland (Sept. 11-13).
“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,” said Lisa Boggs, director of motorsports, Bridgestone Americas, with its Firestone brand as the event’s title sponsor. “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.”
Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO 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.”
This will be the first time the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will serve as the series finale, as the event traditionally has started the INDYCAR season.
“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 the City of St. Petersburg, INDYCAR and Firestone,” said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of GSSP, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “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.”
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 gpstpete.com.
“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,” said Kevin Savoree, co-owner, president and COO of GSSP. “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.”
Additionally, the MBA 5K Run on the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg track, originally set for March 13, is rescheduled to Oct. 23. Previously purchased registrations will be valid and honored on the new date. Additional information will be released soon on gpstpete5k.com to confirm the status of an existing registration or for new sign ups.
The rescheduled event now set for Oct. 23-25 will be subject to the ongoing guidance and mandates of national, state and local authorities regarding public gatherings. The health and safety of all associated with this event will remain the priority of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
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