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St. Petersburg extends IndyCar race contract till 2026

The Inexperienced Savoree-run occasion on the 1.Eight-mile road and runway course was first held in 2003 and has historically been IndyCar’s season-opener.

Exceptions have been made final yr, because of the COVID-19 pandemic pushing it again to October to function the collection’ finale, and this yr, when the race was delayed till the tip of April – once more attributable to knock-on results of the pandemic.

Nevertheless, on the proviso that the plans and schedules return to regular in 2022, the occasion will return to its conventional March dates till 2026:

10-13 March, 2022
9-12 March, 2023
7-10 March, 2024
6-9 March, 2025
12-15 March, 2026

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman stated: “I’m thrilled that the Grand Prix will probably be within the Sunshine Metropolis via 2026. I wish to thank Metropolis Council for recognising the significance of this race in St. Pete.
“I additionally wish to thank Kim [Green] and Kevin [Savoree], and everybody on the Grand Prix for not solely organising and selling one in all our metropolis’s finest occasions yr after yr, however for his or her dedication to our neighborhood.”

Kim Inexperienced added: “There isn’t a higher backdrop than downtown St. Petersburg and its picturesque waterfront for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to showcase the NTT IndyCar Sequence. The success and continued development of the occasion has solely been attainable with the overwhelming help and collaboration with the Metropolis of St. Petersburg’s councillors, Mayor Kriseman and his improbable crew.”

Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport Honda takes the lead at the start

Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport Honda takes the lead at the beginning

Photograph by: Artwork Fleischmann

The MBA 5K run and stroll occasion on the observe is deliberate to return in 2022 after being placed on pause for 2021. Over only a four-year span it raised $216,000 for the Police Athletic League and American Stage Theatre.

The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is run on a 1.Eight-mile, 14-turn short-term waterfront circuit that features a mixture of downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, St. Petersburg marina and harbour, The Mahaffey Theatre, the Salvador Dali Museum and the runway of Albert Whitted Airport. Arrange takes 25 days, earlier than the circuit is dismantled in six days.

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The affirmation of one in all IndyCar’s hottest races will probably be a reduction to Inexperienced Savoree Racing Promotions, who final yr misplaced Toronto and Portland because of the pandemic, and will enable solely 20,000 followers at St. Petersburg. Crowd numbers have been additionally restricted at Mid-Ohio.

This yr, the Toronto IndyCar spherical has once more fallen sufferer to the present COVID-19 restrictions in Canada.

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