The NTT IndyCar Series has confirmed the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will become the 2020 finale on October 25.
The Floridian street course has been the regular season-opener for the series since 2011.
Track action was set to get underway at the venue earlier this year on March 15, however, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic the season was put on hold until further notice.
A major effort has been made to reshuffle the IndyCar schedule which will see the series take on 15 rounds in just four months, two shorter than a regular season.
The season finale has often been a double-points event, but IndyCar has not confirmed if this will once again be the case in 2020.
“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.
“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.”
Organisers have confirmed that any tickets which had been purchased for the event earlier in the season will be valid for the rescheduled date.
“Having a rescheduled date for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a very positive development,” said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of GSSP, organisers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
“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. ”
IndyCar is set to get its season underway for the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6.
|Race #||Event||Location||Track Type||Date|
|1||Genesys 300||Texas Motor Speedway||Oval||6 June|
|2||GMR Grand Prix||IMS Road Course||Road Course||4 July|
|3||Grand Prix at Road Atlanta Race 1||Road America||Road Course||10 July|
|4||Grand Prix at Road Atlanta Race 2||Road America||Road Course||11 July|
|5||Iowa Speedway Race 1||Iowa Speedway||Oval||17 July|
|6||Iowa Speedway Race 2||Iowa Speedway||Oval||18 July|
|7||Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Road Course||9 August|
|8||104th Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Oval||23 August|
|9||Bommarito Automotive Group 500||WWT Raceway at Gateway||Oval||30 August|
|10||Grand Prix of Portland||Portland International Raceway||Road Course||13 September|
|11||Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Race 1||WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca||Road Course||19 September|
|12||Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Race 2||WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca||Road Course||20 September|
|13||IndyCar Harvest GP||IMS Road Course||Road Course||3 October|
|14||Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg||St. Petersburg||Street||25 October|
|-||Honda Indy Toronto||Toronto||Street||Postponed|
|-||Indy Richmond 300||Richmond Raceway||Oval||Cancelled|
|-||Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama||Barber Motorsports Park||Road Course||Cancelled|
|-||Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach||Long Beach||Street||Cancelled|
|-||AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge||Circuit of the Americas||Road Course||Cancelled|
|-||Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix 1||Detroit||Street||Cancelled|
|-||Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix 2||Detroit||Street||Cancelled|