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IndyCar: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg extended to 2020, dates set through 2018

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The Verizon IndyCar Series will return to the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg through at least 2020, with race organizers Green Savoree Racing Promotions received approval today from the members of City Council to extend its license for the event.

The race moves up a couple weeks in 2016 to March 11-13, but will still be the season opener.

It will have similar dates in 2017 and 2018, at March 9-12 in 2017 and March 8-11 in 2018.

“We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mayor Rick Kriseman, members of City Council and all city staff for their support and approval of this extension,” Kim Green, Owner, Chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, said in a release.

“The City of St. Petersburg has a special place in the history of racing, and we look forward to running the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg here for years to come.”

St. Petersburg held its first Champ Car race in February 2003 and after a year’s hiatus, has been a staple on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule since 2005.

Other than Long Beach and Toronto, St. Petersburg has established itself as a tentpole street race event on the calendar.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.