By: Spencer Neff
January 6, 2021
Following the previously announced date change for the Grand Prix of Long Beach, another street course race on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule will see a new spot on the calendar.
On Wednesday, the March 7 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was rescheduled for April 25. The move comes after the 2020 race was rescheduled as the season finale for October 25, following the cancellation of its March 15 date.
With this postponement, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will become the season opener. The race at Barber Motorsports Park will be run on April 11, followed by the race in Florida.
“It’s not surprising that an event of this magnitude, scheduled for the first week of March, is still subject to the implications of the pandemic,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles said.
“We’re delighted we were able to work with Mayor Rick Kriseman’s administration and Green Savoree Racing Promotions to find a more suitable date, which helps consolidate the beginning of our schedule and allows us to stay on NBC network television.”
After 10 events were removed from the 2020 calendar in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, two 2021 events have seen their dates changed.
“We appreciate the officials at INDYCAR for their support in setting a new date for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and also to Mayor Kriseman and his team at the City of St. Petersburg for identifying a time when it will be conducive for more fans to attend,” said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of GSSP, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
“We are grateful to keep the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in the springtime window and also maintain the live national broadcast coverage of the race on NBC.”
Green Flag and television times will be released at a later dater, pert IndyCar. As mentioned by Kim Green, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will remain on NBC.
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