ST. PETERSBURG — IndyCar will end its 2020 season where it was supposed to begin, on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
March 15 was the scheduled date for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, but it was canceled at the last minute, along with all sports, over COVID-19 concerns. Now the race, along with the crowning of an IndyCar champion, will take place October 25.
“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,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles said Wednesday.
The IndyCar season is set to begin June 6 at the Texas Motor Speedway, with empty grandstands. The Indianapolis 500 was moved from Memorial Day Weekend to August 23. No decision has been made on whether fans will be allowed at the 500.
In St. Petersburg Wednesday, 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.”
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.