- City council voted unanimously to allow fan attendance
- St Petersburg race to be pushed back to April
Officials in the city of St Petersburg, Florida and race promoter Green Savoree have announced that 20,000 fans per day will attend the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Members of the city council voted unanimously to allow fans to attend the event, which will operate under Covid-19 health and safety measures, with grandstand seating to be limited to allow for social distancing.
The Grand Prix, which is typically IndyCar's season opener, has been pushed back to the second slot in April, following the Barber Motorsports Park event in Alabama on 18th April. Due to the pandemic, the St Petersburg race in 2020 was delayed until October.
"This is an important event for our local economy and will again serve to showcase and elevate the Sunshine City on the world stage,” said Rick Kriseman, the St Petersburg mayor. "I am confident that the protocols in place will allow for a safe, fun race weekend in St Pete."
Kim Green, chief executive of Green Savoree, added: "This is another great day for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, our race fans and the NTT IndyCar Series. The city of St Petersburg is always one of the crown jewel stops each season for the entire IndyCar community.
"We are thankful for the support of Mayor Rick Kriseman, city council, the city’s entire event team and Pinellas County for putting their faith in us again to operate this event and assisting us with our plan to host it ‘The St Pete Way’ with the proper precautions in place."