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Honda named presenting sponsor for Red Bull GRC finale in LA

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Honda has been named presenting sponsor for the final race weekend of Red Bull Global Rallycross’ 2016 season, the doubleheader weekend in Los Angeles Oct. 8-9.

A release is below:

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has partnered with Red Bull Global Rallycross as presenting sponsor of the series’ third annual event at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro on October 8-9. Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles presented by Honda will be a double-header event, and will serve as the season finale for the 2016 season. The event weekend will also mark the first time that the series has held its championship finale in Los Angeles.

“Honda’s entry into Red Bull Global Rallycross this year has been one of the most significant developments of this season,” says Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Time and again they have demonstrated their commitment to winning in motorsports events around the world, and their first season with us has been no exception. As presenting sponsor of our marquee event in Los Angeles, this is just another exciting step forward. We look forward to a fantastic event as we decide this year’s champion.”

“Honda’s entry into Global Rallycross this season has been one exciting ride and a great opportunity to showcase our Civic Coupe to a whole new group of racing fans and car enthusiasts,” said Nick Lee, National Advertising Manager for American Honda Motor Co, Inc. “We’re excited to join with Red Bull Global Rallycross by presenting the series finale in California, where Civic is the best-selling car. It’s a great way to end our inaugural season in GRC racing.”

This March, Honda announced its partnership with Olsbergs MSE for the 2016 Red Bull GRC season, fielding a pair of Civic Coupes for 2014 Supercar champion Joni Wiman and 2015 runner-up Sebastian Eriksson. The new partnership scored its first podium in the first event of the year in Phoenix. With three rounds remaining in the season, Eriksson leads the team with four podiums, while Honda also expanded to a three-car entry in Atlantic City for the first time with the addition of Kevin Eriksson to the team.

Los Angeles is the home of Red Bull GRC, and the only city to host an event in every season of the series’ history. The event moved to the Port of Los Angeles in 2014 as a doubleheader with race winners Scott Speed and Rhys Millen splitting the two victories. Speed took both legs of the event last year, marking the first doubleheader sweep in series history and helping boost him to his first Supercar title.

IndyCar’s season finale at St. Pete approved to have 20,000 fans

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The NTT IndyCar Series’ season finale will be permitted up to 20,000 fans, making the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg possibly the circuit’s most well-attended race of 2020. The race originally was scheduled as the season opener before being moved to Oct. 25 because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

IndyCar has enjoyed limited crowds at Road America, Iowa Speedway, Gateway, Mid-Ohio and this weekend’s doubleheader races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, which could have up to 10,000 fans in attendance. That had been the largest maximum grandstand crowd for an IndyCar race this season.

At a St. Petersburg city council meeting Thursday, Mayor Rick Kriseman approved plans by race organizers Green Savoree Racing Promotions to hold the Oct. 23-25 weekend for the IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Pete with 20,000 fans who would follow health and safety protocols that include mandatory temperature checks and masks.

 “My thanks to Green Savoree Racing Promotions and IndyCar for their flexibility and resilience during this challenging time,” Kriseman said in a release. “I know that everyone is excited to get back on the track in St. Pete. I can’t wait for Oct. 23rd. I know everyone will embrace this race the St. Pete way, adhering to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Let’s have some great racing in the Sunshine City.”

Paddock and the pit lane will remain closed to spectators, and social distancing of at least 6 feet will be observed on site.

“Our entire team greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of our ticket holders as we worked through this process with Mayor Kriseman, City Council and local health officials,” Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Promotions. “It’s important for everyone who attends to read and follow all the COVID-19 protocols to contribute to a fun, safe and successful event for us all.”

“The ongoing guidance and support of Mayor Kriseman, City Council, and the City of St. Petersburg’s event team have been phenomenal,” said Kevin Savoree, co-owner, president and COO of Green Savoree Promotions. “We also would not be in this position to move this spring tradition to fall without Firestone’s unwavering commitment and dedication. It’s going to be a terrific weekend again in downtown St. Pete in three weeks featuring world-class racing from INDYCAR.”