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Road to Indy’s St. Petersburg finale given October date

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The season finale for IndyCar and its support series on the streets of St. Petersburg has landed a rescheduled date of October 23-25.

Teams travelled to the Florida circuit back in March for what was supposed to be the first round for IndyCar and the Road to Indy, but the event was rearranged and then cancelled mid-weekend due the global coronavirus pandemic.

Free practice sessions did take place for Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000, while IndyCar did not manage to make it on track before racing was called off.

All three of the Road to Indy support series had confirmed they would would return to the circuit with IndyCar if a new date could be arranged for the event, which has now successfully been found.

?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,? said Mark Miles, CEO and president of the IndyCar-owning Penske Entertainment Corporation.

?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.?

St. Petersburg city mayor Rick Kriseman added: ?The City of St. Petersburg stands ready to welcome back the fans of IndyCar, drivers, teams and sponsors in October.

?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 for the event will be valid on the corresponding days of the postponed event.

The IndyCar season will start at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6, while the Road to Indy will return to racing at Road America on June 19-21. There will be over a month’s gap between the penultimate Road to Indy round at Laguna Seca and the season finale in St. Petersburg.