Firestone Extends Pact With Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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Kevin Savoree, promoter of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (center), and other officials gather for the announcement of Firestone's sponsorship extension of the event through 2023. (Al Steinberg photo)
Kevin Savoree, promoter of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (center), and other officials gather for the announcement of Firestone's sponsorship extension of the event through 2023. (Al Steinberg photo)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Firestone will continue as the sponsor of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg through 2023.

Friday’s announcement continues a partnership which began in 2014 with the NTT IndyCar Series event that first hit the track in 2003 and has been run every year since 2005.

Firestone is completing its 21st consecutive season as the sole tire supplier of the NTT IndyCar Series. With the event returning to its usual season-opening spot on the schedule in 2021, Firestone will help the NTT IndyCar Series wave the green flag on a fresh start next year at the same track where the 2020 season will conclude.

“Firestone’s commitment to the sport and this event is unmatched. Our entire Green Savoree Racing Promotions team is thrilled to continue to work with Lisa (Boggs) and her team to continue to grow the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg,” said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “With Firestone as our title sponsor and the City of St. Petersburg’s tremendous support, it’s an honor to showcase one of the crown-jewel events of the NTT IndyCar Series season each year on the streets of St. Pete with one of the most iconic brands in auto history.”

Bridgestone Americas and IndyCar announced a multi-year sponsorship extension last year that keeps Firestone as the official tire of the NTT IndyCar Series through 2025.

“While the road to St. Petersburg has certainly been different this year, we are thrilled to return to the streets of St. Pete and help crown an NTT IndyCar Series champion,” said Lisa Boggs, Director of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. “Firestone tires have taken the checkers with the winner at all 15 IndyCar Series races here, and we’re proud to continue growing our partnership with Green Savoree Racing Promotions to support this marquee event in a community that shares our passion for the sport.”