IndyCar race weekend schedule for 2022 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg season opener

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The streets of downtown St. Petersburg will be roaring nonstop this weekend as the NTT IndyCar Series returns to open its 2022 schedule Sunday (noon ET, NBC).

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete also will feature five other series with GT America, Mazda MX-5 Cup, USF2000, Indy Pro 200 and Indy Lights racing in 10 events over three days on the 14-turn, 1.8-mile layout.

It’s the 11th time IndyCar has started its season in St. Pete but the first time since 2019 because of pandemic disruptions that shuffled the race the past two years.

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Colton Herta is the defending winner of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, leading 97 of 100 laps last April for his first of three victories last season.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Feb. 24

9 a.m.: IndyCar garage open

9-10 a.m.: Track walk

12:10-12:40 p.m.: Mazda MX-5 Cup practice

2-2:45 p.m.: GT America practice

3-3:30 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 practice

3:45-4:15 p.m.: USF2000 practice

4:30-5 p.m.: Mazda MX-5 Cup practice

5:15-6 p.m.: GT America practice

6 p.m.: IndyCar garage closes

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Feb. 25

7:45-8:15 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 qualifying

8:30-8:45 a.m.: GT America qualifying, Race 1

8:50-9:05 a.m.: GT America qualifying, Race 2

9 a.m.: IndyCar garage opens

9:20-9:50 a.m.: USF2000 qualifying, Race 1

10:05-10:50 a.m.: Indy Lights practice

11:05-11:25 a.m.: Mazda MX-5 Cup qualifying

11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 Race 1

12:40-1:25 p.m.: USF2000 Race 1

1:40-2:10 p.m.: Indy Lights qualifying

2:25-3:25 p.m.: GT America, Race 1

3:40-4:25 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice (Peacock)

4:40-5:25 p.m.: Mazda MX-5 Cup, Race 1

5:40-6:10 p.m.: Indy Lights practice

6 p.m.: IndyCar garage closes

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Feb. 26

6 a.m.: IndyCar garage opens

8-8:45 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000, Race 2

9-9:45 a.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice (Peacock)

10-10:45 a.m.: Mazda MX-5 Cup, Race 2

11 a.m.-noon: GT America, Race 2

12:30-1:45 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series qualifying (Peacock)

4:45 p.m.: IndyCar garage closes

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Feb. 27

6 a.m.: IndyCar garage opens

8:45-9:15 a.m.: NTT IndyCar Series warmup (Peacock)

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Indy Lights race (Peacock)

10:45-11:25 a.m.: USF2000, Race 2

11:50 a.m.: NTT IndyCar Series driver introductions

12:30 p.m.: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (100 laps, NBC)

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.