2016 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg confirmed for March 11-13

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St. Petersburg will shift forward by two weeks from its current slot for the 2016 season after organizers confirmed its dates on Thursday.

Acting as the traditional season opener for the Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg took place on March 27-29 in 2015 as the first race on a condensed 16-round calendar.

However, in-keeping with Mark Miles’ vow to extend the schedule for 2016, the race will now move forward by two weeks, taking place from March 11-13.

St. Petersburg was first confirmed to be taking this weekend slot in a report from Tampa Bay Times on Monday, and has now been followed by race organizers issuing a statement.

“We are pleased to confirm our 2016 event dates,” said Kim Green of Green Savoree Racing Promotions. “While our place on the calendar is a little bit different, we look forward to bringing another great weekend of racing to St. Petersburg.”

“I am excited to welcome back one of the Sunshine City’s best events, the Firestone Grand Prix,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “Every year, this race brings global attention to St. Petersburg, our neighborhoods, businesses, parks, restaurants, and our people.

“I invite everyone to once again embrace the race this March 11, 12 and 13 and join me in welcoming the drivers, their teams and race fans from around the world to the best city in Florida.”

This completes another piece of the IndyCar calendar puzzle, which MotorSportsTalk’s Tony DiZinno did his best to put together earlier this week.

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