The NTT IndyCar Series will continue its season opener on the Streets of St. Petersburg for the next five years.

The St. Petersburg City Council unanimously agreed to extend the contact with race promoter Green Savoree promotions until the year 2024. The race has served as the Indy car season opener for ten out of its 15 runnings since 2003.

"The Firestone Grand Prix has a home in the Sunshine City. I am so pleased to have this cornerstone event of the NTT IndyCar Series dedicated to St. Petersburg for the next five years," said City of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. "I want to thank Kim Green and Kevin Savoree for their partnership, and for their dedication to St. Pete."

Date equity will continue for the race as it will be held its traditional second weekend in March starting on March 12-15 in 2020. The first race on the 1.8-mile street circuit was won by Paul Tracy in 2003 when it was run under the Champ Car World Series banner. Dan Wheldon won the first NTT IndyCar Series race in 2005.

"We are thrilled that the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will continue on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront and Albert Whitted Airport," said Kim Green, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree St. Petersburg. "The success and continued growth of the event is only possible with the great partnership we've enjoyed with the City of St. Petersburg, Mayor Kriseman and his tremendous team, and this overwhelming support from City Council. Personally, I'm proud to call St. Petersburg home and raise my family in this city."

Former IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves is the most successful driver in the race's history with three wins. Former Indy car champions Juan Pablo Montoya and Sebastien Bourdais both have two wins each. Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden won the 2019 running of the event.

 

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