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Randy Owens Named Official Artist of 2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

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

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…

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TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY FOR  THE 2019 GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

James Hinchcliffe celebrates his fifth career IndyCar victory at the 2017 Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach with team owner Sam Schmidt (Photo Courtesy of INDYCAR – Chris Owens)

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2018) – Next April 12-14, racegoers will get to experience exhilaration as tickets for the 45th Grand Prix of Long Beach go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. PT.

Featuring a variety of on- and off-track activities for the entire family, the Grand Prix will be headlined by the fourth round of the 2019 IndyCar Series, expected to include celebrated drivers such as five-time series champion Scott Dixon, defending Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi and past Long Beach winners James Hinchcliffe, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay along with Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal driving wheel-to-wheel on the famed 1.97-mile, 11-turn circuit through downtown Long Beach.

In addition to the Indy cars, the 2019 Grand Prix of Long Beach will feature the third round of the 50thAnniversary season of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, featuring prototype and GT sports cars; the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge on Friday and Saturday nights; the powerful sports cars of the Pirelli World Challenge, and the new-for-2019 Historic IMSA GTO Challenge, celebrating classic IMSA sports cars from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. One additional racing event will be announced soon.

The event’s family entertainment menu also includes free Friday and Saturday night concerts and the Lifestyle Expo featuring a large Family Fun Zone with racing simulators, kids’ racing cars, computer games and action sports. Add to that driver autograph sessions from all racing series, special events and exhibits highlighting the Grand Prix’s history, the popular Food Truck Experience and Sunday’s Mothers Exotic Car Paddock, it’s a weekend that will be packed full of activity.

“We are looking forward to another great lineup of family entertainment in 2019,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “And ticket prices remain the same as in 2018. So America’s #1 street race plus the concerts, Lifestyle Expo and all that the City of Long Beach has to offer makes our event the best entertainment value in Southern California.”

The unchanged ticket prices range from $33 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $147 for a three-day ticket that includes Saturday and Sunday reserved seating in grandstand upper levels.  Pre-paid parking packages are also available, along with handicapped seating, IndyCar Series Paddock access passes, Super Photo tickets and an array of VIP Club packages.

Beginning at 10 a.m. PT on Monday, fans can select and pay for their 2019 Grand Prix of Long Beach 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.  A printed ticket brochure that includes a circuit map, ticket prices, order form and other information is also available.

Fans can also follow the Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @GPLongBeach and Instagram at GPLongBeach.

AFTER 44 YEARS TOYOTA WITHDRAWS FROM TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (August 16, 2018) – Toyota Motor North America has announced its decision not to renew its title sponsorship agreement for the annual Grand Prix of Long Beach. The following is a statement from Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “We have had a phenomenal relationship…

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MOTHERS EXOTIC CAR PADDOCK TO FEATURE MORE THAN $40 MILLION WORTH OF CARS AT TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

            LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 11, 2018) – Visitors to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 15 will have the chance to see 170 cars worth a total of more than $40 million in the Mothers Exotic Car Paddock, the most extensive collection ever brought to the “Roar by the Shore.”…

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ECONOMIC IMPACT REPORT RELEASED BY  GRAND PRIX ASSOCIATION OF LONG BEACH

——————————————————————————————————————— 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Generated a $63.4 Million Economic Output to Southern California with $32.4 Million in Long Beach             LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 6, 2018) – Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials today released the results of an economic impact report for the 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long…

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Motul Joins Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as Official Sponsor

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 2, 2018) – Motul, the world-class engine lubricant company, has joined the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach sponsorship family as the event’s Official Motor Oil, Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials announced today.

Motul not only specializes in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants but also in lubricants for industry via its MotulTech activity. Motul is also recognized as a specialist in synthetic lubricants; in 1971, Motul became the first lubricant manufacturer to formulate a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines.

Also the Official Motor Oil of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship series, Motul supplies many racing teams including those in series such as the FIA World Endurance Championship, Super GT, Drift, Pikes Peak, Japanese championship Super Formula, Blancplan Endurance & Sprint Series, MotoGP, World Superbike, F1 Boat and many more.

“Having been a long-time resident of Long Beach, words couldn’t describe the pride I feel knowing that Motul will be participating in such an iconic event for Southern California and the motorsport racing community,” said Li-Jay Chu, communication & activation manager, Motul North America. “Having our North American headquarters based in Cypress, Motul’s partnership with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will enable us to continue to expand our brand presence, especially through interactions with local race fans.”

As the Official Motor Oil of the Grand Prix, Motul will be featured prominently in signage in Turn 10 at the race circuit, where the cars set up for the world-famous hairpin turn 11.

“It is great to welcome Motul to our sponsor family,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association. “Their legendary presence in the world of motorsports can’t be overstated and we look forward to a very productive association.”

The 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will feature a wide array of family-friendly activities including the Lifestyle Expo and popular Family Fun Zone. On-track, spectators will see racing from the Verizon IndyCar Series, the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge under the lights on Friday and Saturday nights, the SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks, the powerful sports cars of the Pirelli World Challenge and the inaugural running of the Historic Trans Am Challenge.

Ticket prices for Friday’s events and concert start at $33 for a General Admission ticket, with a three-day reserved seat ticket costing $147 in the upper rows.  Pre-paid parking packages, handicapped seating, Verizon IndyCar Series Paddock access passes, Super Photo tickets and a number of VIP Club packages are also available.

Fans can select and pay for their Grand Prix 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.  A printed ticket brochure that includes a circuit map, ticket prices, order form and other information is also available.

Fans can also follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @ToyotaGPLB, Instagram at ToyotaGPLB and Snapchat at ToyotaGPLB.

SMG TO SPONSOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY CONCERTS AT TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 27, 2018) – SMG, the company that manages the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, has signed on to sponsor the Fiesta Friday and Saturday night concerts at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 13-14.

Friday’s concert will be entitled SMG Presents Fiesta Friday Starring Ozomatli, while Saturday’s will be known as SMG Presents The Cult.

The concerts, held on the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center outdoor stage, follow racing activities each day (approx. 6:45 p.m. Fridayand 6 p.m. Saturday) and are free to race ticket holders. Space at the outdoor stage is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

SMG is considered the “gold standard” in public facility management. Since SMG was founded in 1977, more than 250 facilities have been brought under its management worldwide.

Not only will SMG present the concerts, but the company will remain a part of the impressive family of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach sponsors, receiving signage around the racetrack and other considerations.

“We are excited to be the presenting sponsor of the concerts and to continue our partnership with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach,” stated Wes Westley, President & CEO of SMG.

Ozomatli, formed in Los Angeles in 1995, features a wide variety of musical styles, including salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, rap and others. The band has released seven studio albums in total and played all over the world. The Cult have recorded 10 albums comprising many hit songs including “She Sells Sanctuary,” “Wild Flower” and “Fire Woman,” and their latest album, “Hidden City,” was released in 2016.

“We have had a long and very productive partnership with SMG here at Long Beach and are delighted to continue enhancing that relationship at our event,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “Many of the attractive elements that our guests enjoy at the Grand Prix are assets that SMG deploys during the weekend.”

In addition to the concerts, the Grand Prix features a wide array of family-friendly activities including the Lifestyle Expo and popular Family Fun Zone. On-track, spectators will see racing from the Verizon IndyCar Series, the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge under the lights on Friday and Saturday nights, the SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks, the powerful sports cars of the Pirelli World Challenge and the inaugural running of the Historic Trans Am Challenge.

Ticket prices for Friday’s events and concert start at $33 for a General Admission ticket, with a Saturday general admission ticket costing $65.  Three-day tickets, pre-paid parking packages, handicapped seating, Verizon IndyCar Series Paddock access passes, Super Photo tickets and a number of VIP Club packages are also available.

Fans can select and pay for their 2018 Toyota 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.  A printed ticket brochure that includes a circuit map, ticket prices, order form and other information is also available.

Fans can also follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @ToyotaGPLB, Instagram at ToyotaGPLB and Snapchat at ToyotaGPLB.

THUNDER THURSDAY AT THE PIKE OUTLETS PROMISES PLENTY OF ACTION FOR ALL

LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 1, 2018) – Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets, the free-to-the-public festival that annually kicks off the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend, will take place on Thursday, April 12, and have plenty of fun for the entire family. Presented by the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Thunder Thursday’s activities begin at 6:30 p.m.,…

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THE CULT TO HEADLINE SATURDAY’S ROCK-N-ROAR CONCERT AT TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

   ______________________________________________________________________________ LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2018) – Legendary rock band The Cult will headline the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach’s Rock-N-Roar Concerton Saturday night, April 14. Free to race ticket holders, the show will begin at 6 p.m. after the close of daytime racing activities. The Cult have recorded 10 albums comprising many hit songs including…

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