IndyCar confirms October season finale set for St. Petersburg

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American Josef Newgarden won the IndyCar race at St. Petersburg, Florida in 2019 on the way to the series crown. The 2020 St. Petersburg race will serve as the season finale on October 25 in a schedule revamped because of the coronavirus pandemic (AFP Photo/JONATHAN FERREY)
American Josef Newgarden won the IndyCar race at St. Petersburg, Florida in 2019 on the way to the series crown. The 2020 St. Petersburg race will serve as the season finale on October 25 in a schedule revamped because of the coronavirus pandemic (AFP Photo/JONATHAN FERREY)

Los Angeles (AFP) - IndyCar, scheduled to open a 2020 season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic on June 6, confirmed on Wednesday it will close the campaign at St. Petersburg, Florida, on October 25.

St. Petersburg had originally been scheduled to host the season-opener on March 15, but COVID-19 concerns forced IndyCar, like pro sports around the globe, to revamp their plans.

While the revised schedule had indicated IndyCar hoped to stage the finale in Florida, the date wasn't confirmed until Wednesday.

"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," Penske Entertainment Corporation president Mark Miles said.

"We extend our thanks and gratitude to Mayor (Rick) Kriseman, (race operator) Green Savoree and (sponsor) 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."

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