LONG BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2019) – SRO Motorsports Group and Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials announced today that a round of the 2020 Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Series will run at next year’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, set to take place April 17-19. The 60-minute race will take place…
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45th ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2019) – Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials announced that preliminary indications are that attendance at the 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was up around one percent over the 2018 race.
“Awaiting the final audit, it appears that this year’s event exceeded last year’s total of 185,300, which should put the total for this year’s event at about 187,000,” said Jim Michaelian, Grand Prix Association President and CEO.
KING TACO HAS SPECIAL ‘VICTORY TACO’ OFFER FOR ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH FANS LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 8, 2019) — Long-time Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach sponsor King Taco, primary sponsor this weekend on Colton Herta’s #88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda, will offer fans a free “victory taco” if Herta wins the…
Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn Named Grand Marshal, Racing Legend Al Unser Jr. Honorary Starter of Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
L.A. CHARGERS HEAD COACH ANTHONY LYNN NAMED GRAND MARSHAL FOR 2019 ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
‘King of the Beach’ Al Unser Jr. to Wave Green Flag as Honorary Starter
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 5, 2019) – Los Angeles Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn will say the most famous words in racing, “Drivers, start your engines!” as Grand Marshal for the 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, just prior to the NTT IndyCar Series race on Sunday, April 14.
Lynn, a native of Celina, Tex., was an All-Southwest Conference running back as a collegian at Texas Tech, which helped him earn a ticket to the NFL where he signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 1992. His pro career also included stops in San Francisco and Denver, where he concluded his career with back-to-back Super Bowl championships (XXXII and XXXIII) in 1998 and 1999.
On Jan. 13, 2017, the Chargers named Lynn the 16th head coach in franchise history, becoming the team’s first African-American head coach. Lynn joined the Chargers after spending the 2015-16 seasons with the Buffalo Bills as the assistant head coach, running backs coach and holding the positions of offensive coordinator and interim head coach. Last year in just his second season, Lynn led the Chargers to their first playoff appearance since 2013 and their best record since 2009 by posting a 12-4 mark. The Chargers also led the NFL with seven Pro Bowl selections and won a remarkable eight straight road games. For his efforts in 2018, Lynn was recognized by the Fritz Pollard Alliance with the Paul “Tank” Younger Award and was later tabbed the Coach of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council.
In two seasons with the organization, Lynn has compiled a 21-11 regular season record.
“It’s an honor to be named Grand Marshal of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, a race that’s been an important part of our Southern California community for more than four decades now,” said Lynn. “I’ve never had the opportunity to see an IndyCar race in person, and it’s not every day they just shut down the streets in your area to hold one. To be Grand Marshal of America’s #1 street race, meet the drivers, take in the atmosphere and be the person that gets to say ‘Drivers, start your engines!’ – it’s pretty cool.”
Alongside Lynn on Sunday afternoon will be “King of the Beach” Al Unser Jr., who will wave the green flag as Honorary Starter for the IndyCar race. Unser, an Albuquerque, N.M.-native ran 15 Indy car races on the streets of Long Beach, winning a record six times, including an unprecedented four straight from 1988-91, and holds the overall record for laps led here, with 545. Unser, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner (1992, 1994) was CART series champion in 1990 and 1994, and his 34 career Indy car wins places him ninth all-time.
“Last year was very successful for Coach Lynn and the L.A. Chargers and we are delighted to have him here as Grand Marshal,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “And having Al Unser Jr., a real crowd favorite, start our 45th anniversary race is especially appropriate, considering the success he enjoyed here.”
Ticket prices for Sunday start at $70 for a General Admission ticket. Three-day tickets, pre-paid parking packages, handicapped seating, IndyCar Series Paddock access passes, Super Photo tickets and an array of VIP Club packages are also available.
Fans can select and pay for their 2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach tickets, parking and paddock passes online at gplb.com. Ticket orders can also be placed by calling the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 827-7333.
Fans can also follow the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @GPLongBeach, Instagram at GPLongBeach and YouTube at GPLongBeach.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 21, 2019) – The Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) has joined the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach for the first time as an Associate Sponsor. LIUNA, represented locally by Local 1309, has supplied workers to build the Acura Grand Prix’s grandstands, safety system and VIP suites since its…
LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 15, 2019) – ALEX LORA/EL TRI, celebrating 50 years at the forefront of Mexican Rock ‘n Roll, will perform at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach as headliners of the immensely popular Fiesta Friday Concert on April 12. The Fiesta Friday Concert will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. on the…
___________________________________________________________________________ LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 6, 2019) – Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets, the free-to-the-public festival that annually marks the start of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend, will take place on Thursday, April 11, and have plenty of fun for the entire family. Presented by the Long Beach Convention and…
SECOND ANNUAL GRAND PRIX 5K SET TO RUN MARCH 31
2nd Annual Event on World-Famous Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Circuit
to Benefit Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2019) – On Sunday, March 31, racing fans and runners of all skill levels will have the opportunity to “run the course” at the Second Annual Grand Prix 5K, which will benefit the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach.
Participants will run a two-lap tour of the world-famous Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race course, with the start at the official Grand Prix start/finish line on Shoreline Drive, then heading up Pine Avenue and Seaside Way, returning to Shoreline Drive. New this year, there will be two races: the Elite/Pro 5K (those who can finish the race in under 25 minutes) which will start at 7:30 a.m. and the run for the general public will begin at 8:00 a.m.
Registration is now open for the Grand Prix 5K at thegrandprix5k.com, with the entry fee $40 per person until March 27, when the fee goes up to $45 through race day. The entry fee entitles each paid runner a finisher medal, an inaugural Grand Prix 5K t-shirt and a complimentary Friday general admission ticket to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, a $33 value. In addition, there will be activities in the 5K festival area at the conclusion of the run.
Grand Prix 5K age divisions will include under 18 years old, 18-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, 66-75 and 76 or older. Age division winners will win prizes, as will the overall 5K winners.
“Last year’s inaugural 5K was a huge success – in fact, we sold it out,” said Rick DuRee, president of the Grand Prix Foundation. “With the two race divisions, we are excited to be opening up the opportunity for more people to run the iconic Acura Grand Prix race course. It’s a lot of fun for a great cause.”
The Grand Prix 5K, organized in conjunction with Run Racing, joins the Grand Prix Foundation’s popular Monte Carlo Night, taking place April 12 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Long Beach, as events that will raise money for the Grand Prix Foundation’s charitable endeavors, which include funding for Long Beach area charities that include the Long Beach Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, Century Club, Operation Jump Start and many others.
The Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach is a 501 (c)(3) publicly supported organization whose purpose is to raise funds through a series of charitable events held in conjunction with the Acura Grand Prix. With the Foundation’s low administrative costs, approximately 90 cents of every dollar raised goes to benefit Long Beach charities every year.
For more information and to register for the event, visit thegrandprix5k.com.
RANDY OWENS NAMED OFFICIAL RACE ARTIST FOR – 45th ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2019) – Prolific American racing artist Randy Owens has been named Official Race Artist for the 2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
As Official Race Artist, Owens has created the poster artwork for the 45th annual event, which will also grace the covers of the event program, Fan Guide, T-shirts and other race-related materials.
Owens has established himself in the American racing art scene, having produced over 300 handmade serigraph editions in his realistic style — modern and evolutionary, with color and motion as the central theme.
He has created poster art for Long Beach races eight times, including the Grand Prix’s 40thanniversary edition in 2014, as well as posters for the Miami Grand Prix, US Grand Prix at Indianapolis, Road America Historic Races and the Bahrain International Circuit. And, since 1991, he has also produced an annual motor racing calendar for Bridgestone.
Born in Baltimore, Md., Owens grew up in Virginia and majored in fine art at Northern Virginia Community College. He was drawn to the vibrant colors, clean form and crisp edges of serigraphy (silkscreen printmaking), and after being introduced to auto racing in 1978 began making serigraphs of motor racing subjects in his own unique style.
Over the years, Owens has staged over 200 exhibitions of his work in five countries, including the Axis Galleries in Tokyo and 10-year retrospective shows at the famous l’art et l’automobile Gallery in New York City and the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV.
Owens currently lives and works in Pasadena, Md., with his wife, Rebecca, and youngest son, Ross.
Owens will have a display booth at the 2019 Acura Grand Prix and will be available to sign posters for race fans throughout the weekend. Official posters will sell for $10 at the event, as well as in the weeks prior to the event at gplb.com.
The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will be headlined by the fourth round of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series, as well as the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In addition, the weekend will include the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge under the lights on Friday and Saturday nights; SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks, the powerful sports cars of the Pirelli GT4 America and the new-for-2019 Historic IMSA GTO Challenge. There will also be concerts, free to race ticket holders, on Friday and Saturday nights.
Fans can select and pay for their Grand Prix seats, parking and paddock passes online at gplb.com. Ticket orders can also be placed by calling the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 827-7333. Also featured on gplb.com is the latest Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach news and racetrack information, photos and ongoing announcements of special race week activities.
Ticket prices range from $33 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $147 for a three-day ticket that includes Sat./Sun. reserved seating in grandstand upper levels. Pre-paid parking packages are also available, along with handicapped seating, NTT IndyCar Series Paddock passes, Super Photo tickets and a wide variety of hospitality packages.
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ACURA SIGNS MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT TO BE TITLE SPONSOR OF GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH ___________________________________________________________________________ LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2019) – The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach announced today that it has reached a multi-year agreement with Acura to become title sponsor of the Grand Prix of Long Beach starting in 2019. The…