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.
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.
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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