IndyCar to close revamped season with St. Petersburg race

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The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series plans to crown its champion at the rescheduled Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on October 25.

The road race in St. Petersburg, Florida, was initially due to be the IndyCar season-opener on March 15 before it was postponed amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

“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 chief executive Mark Miles said.

This will be the 16th consecutive year that an IndyCar event will take place on the streets of St. Petersburg, but the first time the race will serve as the series finale.

IndyCar plans to open its delayed 2020 season on June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Due to the ongoing health crisis, IndyCar will run a condensed schedule at Texas Motor Speedway, with practice, qualifying, and the race itself – which will take place at night – all held on the same day. The event also will be conducted without fans in attendance.

In a series of schedule moves, it was announced in March that this year’s Indianapolis 500 would be moved to August 23 because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the first time the famed auto race will not be held on Memorial Day weekend since 1946.