By Steve Wittich

Good morning from St. Petersburg, where the first official on-track activity for the 2020 Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires season will get underway.

Here is Friday’s schedule:

7:42am Sunrise
8am – 8:30am USF2000 Practice #1
8:45am – 9:15am Indy Pro 2000 Practice #1
9am – 10am Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA – Practice #1
10:15 am – 11am Indy Lights Practice #1
11:15am – 11:45am Pirelli GT4 America Practice #1
Noon – 12:30pm TC America Practice #1
12:45pm – 1:10pm USF2000 Qualifying #1
1:25pm – 1:50pm Indy Pro 2000 Qualifying #1
2:05pm – 2:50pm Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA – Practice #2
3:05pm – 3:35pm Pirelli GT4 America Practice #2
3:50pm – 4:20pm TC America Practice #2
4:35pm – 4:50pm Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA – Qualifying
5:05pm- 5:45pm USF2000 Race #1
6pm – 6:40pm Indy Pro 2000 Race #1
7:36pm Sunset

Access to the track, understandably, is tightly controlled. There is only one access point, and it is only open between 6 am, and 8 am.

Also tightly controlled is the number of crew/personal being allowed in. For the USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 series, only ten people per car are allowed. The Indy Lights teams are each entitled to have a dozen people enter the track.

The Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will share the track today with the Pirelli GT4 America, TC America, and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Series.

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES and teams will not be at the track today.

There was one late addition to the USF2000 field. Jordan Missig, from Channahon, Ill. will be piloting the No. 38 for Newman Wachs Racing. Missig won nine-times on the way to a second-place finish in the 2019 Radical Cup North America Series

The view looking over Tampa Bay to start Friday at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo Courtesy of Steve Wittich)

I’ll be back with more after the first session.

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