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VIEWERSHIP UP 21% FOR NBC SPORTS’ COVERAGE OF 2019 NTT INDYCAR SERIES

VIEWERSHIP UP 21% FOR NBC SPORTS’ COVERAGE OF 2019 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2019 NTT IndyCar Series Averaging Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of Nearly 400,000 Viewers on NBCSN Through First Four Races Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Averages TAD of 442,000 Viewers, Best in 7 Years & Up 18% vs. 2018 STAMFORD, Conn. – April […]

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Wickens seeking a little normalcy in his return to IndyCar paddock

TSO was very fortunate to be able to bring Brant James on to help us out on this super busy weekend. I (Steve) and Patrick will never pretend to be feature writers, but Brant is one of the best in the business. Exhibit A. is below. By Brant James ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Robert Wickens rotated […]

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Practice Report: NTT IndyCar Series

NTT INDYCAR SERIES FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG PRACTICE REPORT FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019 The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season is officially underway and the beautiful streets of St. Petersburg greeted the team and it’s drivers with a warm, sunny welcome. Both practices of the day, Andretti Autosport finished with three drivers in the […]

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Previewing the 2019 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

  Welcome the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season opeing race. It looks like it’s going to a picture perfect weekend to the season started. Last year at “St. Pete” (or St. Petes as Canadians and The English say) The story of the 2018 edition of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was undoubtedly Robert...

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Frontier Communications returns as an official partner of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (February 21, 2019) – Frontier Communications returns for the second consecutive year as the Official TV and Internet provider of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, set for March 8th-10th on the temporary 1.8-mile, 14-turn scenic waterfront circuit. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Firestone Grand Prix for a […]

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Monday – final-final – 5,500 more words on an epic opening weekend of IndyCar and MRTI action

By Tony DiZinno, Patrick Stephan and Steve Wittich Phew, that season opener sure gave us a lot to talk about after the race had ended. And, there were a number topics we didn’t even cover. How the UAK18 performed – well. Who were the pleasant surprises – Robert Wickens and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Who had...

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Starting line-up with Firestone tire designations

The first starting lineup of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, today’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, is confirmed with Firestone tire designations. The majority of the field will start on Firestone’s red alternate tire, while Zach Veach, Charlie Kimball and Zachary Claman DeMelo are the three drivers who will start on the primary...

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Verizon IndyCar Series Warm-Up Notes and Results

By Tony DiZinno This morning’s warm-up session from the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was more important than most, given yesterday’s abnormal qualifying session featured mixed and changing conditions. And as the final opportunity to dial in the setups and practice pit stops before the race, that added to the heightened importance. The 30-minute...

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 3 Notes, Results – And Some More Updates!

By Tony DiZinno, Patrick Stephan and Steve Wittich The Verizon IndyCar Series took to the track Saturday morning at 11:10 a.m. for the third practice session of the weekend, as the last of the series here to hit the track on Saturday. Prior to this session, all three of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented...

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Practice Report: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—As the Verizon IndyCar Series opened their 2018 season on the streets of St. Petersburg Friday morning, A.J. Foyt’s ABC Supply Racing team was in the top 10 when the checkered fell. In practice 1, Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist surprised everyone (including himself) when he emerged as quickest of the 24 starters. His teammate […]

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