Firestone will remain the title sponsor for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for another three years.
The company has extended its naming rights for the annual IndyCar Series event through the 2023 season, officials announced Friday morning during the race’s opening day.
Event organizers also announced the dates for the next three race weekends: March 5-7, 2021; March 11-13, 2022 and March 10-12, 2023.
“While the road to St. Petersburg has certainly been different this year, we are thrilled to return to the streets of St. Pete and help crown an NTT IndyCar Series champion,” Lisa Boggs, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports director said in a statement. “Firestone tires have taken the checkers with the winner at all 15 INDYCAR SERIES races here, and we’re proud to continue growing our partnership with Green Savoree Racing Promotions to support this marquee event in a community that shares our passion for the sport.”
The event is being held this weekend after the coronavirus pandemic forced its postponement in March. It is serving as IndyCar’s championship race this season but will move back to its usual season-opening status next year.
Firestone has been the event’s title sponsor since 2014.
“Firestone’s commitment to the sport and this event is unmatched,” race co-owner Kim Green said in a statement. "Our entire Green Savoree Racing Promotions team is thrilled to continue to work with Lisa (Boggs) and her team to continue to grow the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
“With Firestone as our title sponsor and the City of St. Petersburg’s tremendous support, it’s an honor to showcase one of the crown jewel events of the NTT IndyCar Series season each year on the streets of St. Pete with one of the most iconic brands in auto history.”
This year’s event culminates with the IndyCar finale at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.