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St. Pete has quickly become 'a signature event' for IndyCar Series

The IndyCar Series on the Florida Gulf Coast appears to be a good fit. The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was rewarded with a four-year contract extension Sunday, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: April 7, 2008, 1:06 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In just four years, the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has become what Indy Racing League founder Tony George calls "a signature event" for the IndyCar Series.

The success of the IndyCar event on the Florida Gulf Coast, which features the Acura Sports Car Challenge for the American Le Mans Series as a co-headliner, was rewarded Sunday with a four-year contract extension. Factoring in the one year remaining on the existing contract, it means top-level ...

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