The 2020 IndyCar season is now scheduled to end where it was once scheduled to begin: on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
IndyCar has been forced to make several changes to the 2020 schedule as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the first of which being the postponement of the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Now here we are, exactly two months from the announcement of the postponement of the race, and it has officially been reintroduced to the schedule.
What was once set to be the season opener is now the season finale.
The 14-turn, 1.8-mile (2.897-kilometer) temporary street circuit on the streets of St. Petersburg is now scheduled to host what is currently listed as the 15th and final race on the 2020 schedule, and it is scheduled to do so on Sunday, October 25.
“The streets of St. Petersburg will make for a fitting and action-packed finale in a venue and city that our entire IndyCar community holds dear,” said Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles “We extend our thanks and gratitude to Mayor Kriseman, Green Savoree and Firestone for working with us to find a new date for the event. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend of IndyCar action, and I know our drivers will have race day in St. Pete circled on their calendars.”
A full updated schedule is available here.
“The City of St. Petersburg stands ready to welcome back the fans of IndyCar, drivers, teams and sponsors in October,” said City of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “I want to thank our partners at Green Savoree Racing Promotions for believing in this race and giving the residents of the Sunshine City something to look forward to. I am confident that the race will occur in a manner that puts public health at the forefront.”
This new date, just like everything else on the 2020 schedule, remains subject to change, given the fluidity of the situation.
Before the pandemic, the season had been scheduled to end on Sunday, September 20 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
The 2020 IndyCar season is scheduled to get underway at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 6 without fans in attendance at the Fort Worth, Texas oval. NBC Sports Network is set to broadcast the race live beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET. An oval hasn’t opened up an IndyCar season since 2008 when Homestead-Miami Speedway was first up on the schedule.