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SST returning to St. Petersburg, first races since 2017

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The Stadium Super Trucks are heading back to the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. On Wednesday, race officials announced that in addition to ticket sales opening on Thursday, the series will return to the Grand Prix for the first time since 2017 on 23–25 April.

Held on a street course in downtown St. Petersburg, the Grand Prix is traditionally the first race of the NTT IndyCar Series season, though it will be the second round for 2021 after being postponed from its original March slot due to COVID-19. The GP welcomed SST from 2014 to 2017, running the same fourteen-turn, 1.8-mile track as IndyCar. While it served as the opener in 2014, it was the first American round for the next three years as the Adelaide 500 in Australia became the season kickoff.

Robby Gordon and Sheldon Creed are the only SST drivers to have multiple wins at the Florida circuit with two apiece, while Gordon and Matt Brabham won the two races in 2017. P.J. Jones, Burt Jenner, and Keegan Kincaid have also scored wins.

“We’re really excited to feature Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks series again for our fans,” Kim Green of race organiser Green Savoree St. Petersburg (GSSP) stated. “They asked for them, so they are back to provide even more thrills to a great Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend.”

A full 2021 schedule has not been released, but the series has confirmed it will also join the IndyCar Series at the Grand Prix of Long Beach in September. Long Beach, which has been on the SST calendar since the inaugural season in 2013, is regularly held in April but was moved to the fall out of caution for the pandemic; the 2020 race had been cancelled.

In Australia, the Boost Mobile Super Trucks—whose COVID-impacted début season in 2020 was limited to Adelaidewill run the Darwin Triple Crown in June. The Tasmania SuperSprint at Symmons Plains Raceway in April has the trucks on the schedule to support the Repco Supercars Championship, though noted “negotiations are still ongoing with organisers to finalise the category’s presence.” Symmons Plains was on the 2020 Boost Mobile Super Trucks schedule prior to the pandemic.

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