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Today’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg sold out

Bucs receiver Scotty Miller will ride around the track with Mario Andretti in the IndyCar two-seater.
Team Penske driver Will Power signs an autograph Sunday morning during the sold-out Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Team Penske driver Will Power signs an autograph Sunday morning during the sold-out Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Apr. 25
Updated Apr. 25

ST. PETERSBURG — Today’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has sold out its reduced capacity of 20,000 fans. The IndyCar Series stop also sold out last October’s race with the same capacity limit because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In other Grand Prix news this morning, Bucs receiver Scotty Miller will ride around the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street course with racing legend Mario Andretti in the two-seater in what’s called the Fastest Seat in Sports.

Chip Ganassi Racing driver Marcus Ericsson poses for a photo with Niels Witjes, 15, of Palm Harbor, while his dad Joris Witjes, 48, takes the picture during Sunday's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Chip Ganassi Racing driver Marcus Ericsson poses for a photo with Niels Witjes, 15, of Palm Harbor, while his dad Joris Witjes, 48, takes the picture during Sunday's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

Packers receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling will serve as the grand marshal. Valdes-Scantling, a St. Petersburg native, is a product of USF and Lakewood High. He’ll give the command for drivers to start their engines.

Related: Why NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson wanted to be a Grand Prix of St. Petersburg rookie

Belleair’s Colton Herta will start from the pole in the 100-lap IndyCar race. He also had the quickest car in Sunday morning’s final practice.

Two-time defending Grand Prix winner Josef Newgarden will again be one of the top contenders, along with Herta and St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais, a two-time race winner here. They all qualified in the top five.

NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson will start 23rd in the 24-car field in his Grand Prix debut.

The green flag is scheduled for 12:42 p.m., and the event will be shown on NBC.

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