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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg extended through 2026

The IndyCar race returns to its normal March slot starting next year.
IndyCars race toward Turn 1 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 25.
IndyCars race toward Turn 1 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 25. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Jun. 9
Updated Jun. 9

IndyCar and downtown St. Petersburg have enjoyed each other’s company for the past 17 years. And with the St. Petersburg City Council approving a two-year extension to the existing contract, that relationship will continue through at least 2026.

“I am thrilled that the Grand Prix will be in the Sunshine City through 2026. I want to thank City Council for recognizing the importance of this race in St. Pete,” Mayor Rick Kriseman said in a news release.

Pre-pandemic, the Grand Prix was one of Tampa Bay’s largest sporting events, drawing an estimated crowd of 140,000 over three days in 2019. The past two race weekends were capped at 20,000 per day.

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The Grand Prix, recently held April 23-25 due to pandemic-related schedule changes, returns to its normal March slot the next few years:

⋅ March 10-13, 2022

⋅ March 9-12, 2023

⋅ March 7-10, 2024

⋅ March 6-9, 2025

⋅ March 12-15, 2026

“There is no better backdrop than downtown St. Petersburg and its picturesque waterfront for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to showcase the NTT INDYCAR SERIES,” race co-owner Kim Green said in the release.