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ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH WRAP-UP REPORT

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STATEMENT BY JIM MICHAELIAN, PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE GRAND PRIX ASSOCIATION OF LONG BEACH: “We are very pleased with the weekend attendance. Walkup sales were much stronger than we had anticipated and we ended up with just over 180,000 over the three days, which represents a slight decrease over the 187,500 we did in 2019. A big thank you to all of our fans who came out to support us and we’re going to do it all again next April 8-10 for the 2022 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.”

NTT INDYCAR SERIES RACE SUMMARY

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2021) — There were two winners in the featured NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at the 46th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The race winner was Colton Herta, who led a race-high 43 laps for his third victory of the season driving the Andretti Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian Honda

But the bigger winner was Alex Palou, who captured the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season championship, finishing 4th behind Herta in the race. In his second year driving a Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, Palou won three races this season. He is from Barcelona, Spain, making him the first-ever Spanish INDYCAR champion. 

Josef Newgarden, driving the Team Penske Chevrolet, entered the race with a chance at the title, led 18 laps early in the race, but ultimately finished second to Herta in the race and runner-up to Palou in the championship.  The third contender for the season crown, Pato O’Ward, was taken out of the title competition early in the race after a collision involving Ed Jones.

Rounding out the 46th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach top ten:  Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda), Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske Chevrolet), Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda), Jack Harvey (Meyer Shank Racing Honda), Sebastian Bourdais (A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet), Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) and Will Power (Team Penske Chevrolet).

Michael Andretti, Rai Benjamin to Serve as Grand Marshals on Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Race weekend!

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2021) – Two-time Long Beach race winner Michael Andretti and Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Rai Benjamin will “start the engines” of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach as Grand Marshals during the Sept. 24-26 race weekend. 

Benjamin, who will serve as Saturday’s Grand Marshal for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at approximately 2 p.m. PT, is an American track and field star who took home the silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, his first Olympic competition. He also starred on the USC track and field team, notching a 47.02-second mark in the 400-meter hurdles, equaling Edwin Moses’ lifetime best and former world record, and is considered the second-fastest man in 400-meter hurdle history. 

Andretti, who will be Grand Marshal for Sunday’s 46th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, set to start at approximately 12:45 p.m., is no stranger to the city streets with two wins as an Indy car driver (1986 and 2002), four wins as an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car owner (2010, 2011, 2018 and 2019) and a win as a Super Vee driver (1983). On race weekend, he’ll have four INDYCAR drivers competing with teams under his name.

“Long Beach was always a special place for me as a driver and has grown to be even more special now as a team owner,” said Andretti. “Some of my fondest career memories came from here. We really missed the race and all its fans in 2020 and are thrilled to have the opportunity to return this season. I’m especially honored to serve as this year’s Grand Marshal.”

“We’re delighted to have both Michael and Rai participating as Grand Marshals on race weekend at the Acura Grand Prix,” said Grand Prix Association of Long Beach President & CEO Jim Michaelian. “Michael has achieved so much here at Long Beach as has the whole Andretti family and, while Rai hasn’t ever competed here, nevertheless he has shown his own speed capability at the recent Olympics in Japan. A big Long Beach welcome to both.”

Saturday’s National Anthem will be sung by SPC Raivyn Hearne, vocalist with the 40th Infantry Division of the California Army National Guard, Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos.

Sunday’s National Anthem will feature 10-year-old singer Anjali Singh, who has voiced the anthem at many events, including Clippers and Lakers games, Rams games, UCLA football and Monster Jam.  She also sang to her idol Celine Dion in Las Vegas in 2019!  You can follow her journey on Facebook and Instagram @anjalisinghmusic.

On Saturday, the Color Guard will feature soldiers from the U.S. Army Recruiting Command stationed in California, while Sunday’s duties will be handled by the California Army National Guard, based at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.

And, the flag will arrive from the skies courtesy of Team Fastrax, the only civilian parachute team to have performed at 9/11 Ground Zero ceremonies, the Pentagon, Independence Hall and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Team Fastrax has successfully completed more than 175,000 skydives with precision, including at NASCAR, Formula One and previous races at Long Beach, as well as NFL and Major League Baseball games.

Fans can select and pay for their Grand Prix seats, parking and paddock passes online at gplb.com or 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 $34 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $155 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.

Fans can also follow the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook (GrandPrixLB), Twitter @GPLongBeach (#AGPLB) and Instagram @GPLongBeach

Vince Neil to Headline Saturday Concert at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach!

VINCE NEIL TO HEADLINE SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT AT ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (August 10, 2021) — The legendary front man of Mötley Crüe, Vince Neil, will rock the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach when he headlines the event’s Saturday night, Sept. 25 concert presented by Acura, ELS and ASM Global.

The show will take place at approximately 5:30 p.m. on the plaza in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center adjacent to the Long Beach Convention Center and is free to Saturday race ticket holders. Space at the plaza is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Neil’s unmistakable voice leads some of the greatest rock songs of a generation including “Wild Side,” “Shout at the Devil,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Same Ol’ Situation” and many others.  

“I am very excited to be returning to perform at the Grand Prix of Long Beach,” said Neil. “I had an awesome experience last time in 2015 and I’m honored to be invited back. As it is well-known to many, I have been involved in the racing world my whole life. So when you mix racing and rock-and-roll into one event, I’m in heaven!  My band and I are looking forward to an energetic and exciting show performing all the hits. I am certain a good time will be had by all. See you there!”

Raised in Southern California, Neil fell in love with music as a child, and as a teenager began performing with local bands. He fronted the popular band Rock Candy before reuniting with high school buddy Tommy Lee in 1981, establishing his spot in rock-and-roll history with the formation of Mötley Crüe.

Mötley Crüe’s epic 34‐year run included countless multi‐platinum releases, more than 22 hit singles, 100 million albums sold and dozens of global tours with sold-out arenas. The band completed “The Final Tour” on New Year’s Eve 2015.  

However, Neil continues to carry on with the unending “The Legacy Continues Tour,” performing all the classic Mötley Crüe hits with select cuts from his three solo albums. Neil is also an accomplished businessman, owning several restaurants and his own brand of tequila and vodka, and is a heartfelt philanthropist. His efforts have rallied millions of dollars for the non‐profit Skylar Neil Memorial Foundation, in tribute to the unfortunate loss of his daughter to cancer in 1995.

            The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will be headlined by the season finale of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, as well as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In addition, the weekend will include the Super Drift Challenge under the lights on Friday and Saturday nights, the SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks, and the new-for-2021 Historic Formula Atlantic Challenge and Global Time Attack.

Saturday tickets start at $68 for a General Admission ticket that gives access to the concert, Lifestyle Expo, all racing events plus unreserved seating in select grandstands. A three-day ticket that includes Sat./Sun. reserved seating in grandstand upper levels costs $155.  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.

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.

Fans can also follow the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook (GrandPrixLB), Twitter @GPLongBeach (#AGPLB) and Instagram @GPLongBeach.

Willy T. Ribbs, Oriol Servia to be Inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame

Two long-time veterans of racing on the streets of Long Beach—Willy T. Ribbs and Oriol Servia—will be honored by induction into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 16.

“Willy T. Ribbs and Oriol Servia both made history as drivers, and it is a privilege to welcome them back to Long Beach and honor them on the Motorsports Walk of Fame,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

The 15th annual ceremony, open to the public, will take place at 11 a.m. on South Pine Avenue in front of the Convention Center as part of the festivities surrounding the 2020 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Ribbs, a native of San Jose, made his American racing debut at Long Beach in the Formula Atlantic Series in 1978 and won the Atlantic pole in 1982. Ribbs also competed at Long Beach twice in Indy Cars. In 1991, he was the first African-American driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. His racing career also includes such accolades as being named Rookie of the Year in the 1983 Trans-Am Series, a series in which he won 17 races during his career. Ribbs also was named the IMSA GTO Series Driver of the Year in 1987 and 1988, and he has raced in NASCAR and the Craftsman Truck Series.

Born in Spain, Servia came to the U.S. for the 1998 Indy Lights series, finishing 19th in his first race at Long Beach, then going on to win the series title in 1999.  He has competed in Indy Cars 13 times on the local city streets, with a best-finish second place in 2007, and also has raced in the American Le Mans, Rolex Grand-Am and Formula E series.

The Motorsports Walk of Fame is a collaborative celebration with the City of Long Beach and Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, and both drivers will be presented with commemorative medallions by Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. 

“Both drivers have exhibited extraordinary racing talent and their contributions to motorsports here and around the world are undeniable,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “It is an honor for us to acknowledge their outstanding careers with membership in the Motorsports Walk of Fame.”

The Walk of Fame medallions include renditions of the racers’ iconic cars, as well as descriptions of their major achievements in motorsports. For more information, visit www.lbmotorsportswof.com.

The induction ceremony kicks off the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend, which brings more than 187,000 people to Downtown Long Beach. For more information, visit gplb.com, call (888) 827-7333, or follow the race on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @GPLongBeach, Instagram @GPLongBeach and YouTube @GPLongBeach. 

About the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach

The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach owns and operates the annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach IndyCar race, which attracts more than 187,000 attendees over its three-day weekend. The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach also owns GPALB Special Events, offering high-quality structures, bleacher rentals, event operation management and design. For more information, visit gplb.com.  

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN ON WORLD-FAMOUS ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH RACING CIRCUIT

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2020) – Construction has begun on the world-famous Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race circuit in preparation for the April 17-19 race weekend.

Over the next 52 days, more than 2,400 concrete blocks that anchor the safety system around the 1.97-mile, 11-turn racing circuit will be placed along with 14 large grandstands that line the racecourse.

The first full day of track construction kicked off today with Acura giving two new Honda Ridgeline trucks to the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach’s Operations Department to assist with construction activities. In addition, management and workers from the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), who help to build the racetrack, were on-hand to commemorate the start of construction.

“We’re entering our second year with our title sponsor Acura and we’re delighted with the relationship,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “And we’re happy that LIUNA is back as a sponsor this year, as their skilled laborers have helped to build our racecourse for the past four decades. Our fans are going to once again see a first-class facility with three action-packed days of world-class racing and amenities.”

In total, Grand Prix Association of Long Beach Director of Operations Dwight Tanaka, LIUNA and Grand Prix Operations staff will put in more than 33,000 working hours installing the safety system – more than 14 million pounds of concrete blocks, four miles of fencing and 17,000 bolted-together tires – along with grandstands, six pedestrian bridges and eight giant vision boards for full-circuit TV coverage. More than 187,000 fans are expected during the three-day race weekend.

Tanaka’s staff will also install 45 high-end hospitality suites, three hospitality clubs, tents, electrical lines and equipment, phones, porta-johns, trash containers and a myriad of other items around the track from now through race weekend.

The eastern portion of the racetrack (Turns 9, 10 and 11) will also be used for the first Formula Drift event of the 2020 season on April 10-11.

All businesses along the race circuit, which includes Shoreline Drive, Aquarium Way and Pine Ave., will remain open during construction of the racetrack.

The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will be headlined by the third round of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES, as well as the third race of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In addition, the weekend will include the 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 SprintX series and the new-for-2020 Historic Formula Atlantic Challenge. There will also be a Fiesta Friday concert with a well-known Latino band, as well as Saturday evening’s ASM Global Presents Bret Michaels. Both concerts are free to that day’s race ticket holders.

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 $34 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $155 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.

Fans can also follow the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook (GrandPrixLB), Twitter @GPLongBeach (#AGPLB) and Instagram @GPLongBeach.

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PHOTO: New Honda Ridgeline trucks bracket (L-R) Peter Santillan, LIUNA Business Manager; Jim Michaelian, Grand Prix Association of Long Beach (GPALB) President & CEO; Dwight Tanaka, GPALB Director of Operations; T.E. McHale, Honda Manager of Motorsports Communications, and LIUNA and GPALB construction workers. (Credit: John Bosma/Grand Prix Association of Long Beach)

ASM Global Presents Bret Michaels to Headline Sat. Concert at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach!

 

BRET MICHAELS TO HEADLINE SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT
PRESENTED BY ASM GLOBAL AT ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2020) – Music icon Bret Michaels will bring his record-breaking Unbroken world tour to the 2020 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach as he headlines the Saturday night, April 18 concert presented by ASM Global.

The concert, which begins at approximately 6:00 p.m. on the Concert Stage in the Terrace Theater Plaza is free to all Saturday race ticket holders.

Recently awarded Humanitarian of The Year by the organizers of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, Bret Michaels is a singer/songwriter, actor, director, screenwriter, producer, reality TV star, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He has also had a series of top ten hits on Billboard’s Hot 100, including the No. 1 hit, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”

On the horizon Michaels is set to release his highly anticipated and long-awaited autobiography entitled, “Auto-Scap-Ography Volume 1: My Life’s Scrapbook in Pictures and Stories.” The book is due out in Spring 2020 and available for pre-order now by visiting BretMichaels.com.

“I am fired up to return to rock the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach,” said Michaels, who also headlined the Saturday concert in 2013.  “As an avid racing fan myself I am ready for an insane party and who knows, maybe you’ll catch me working in the pits. I’ve got some awesome like-minded stories of racing which I’ve included in the new book … and lived to tell about it!”

A lifelong diabetic, Michaels has devoted considerable time and energy to helping others. Aside from being a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, Michaels also sponsors his own “Life Rocks Foundation,” which supports a wide variety of charities involving diabetes, childhood cancer, military support and pet charities.

Ticket prices at the Acura Grand Prix range from $68 for a Saturday-only General Admission ticket to $155 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, NTT INDYCAR SERIES Paddock access passes ($65 for three days or $27 per individual day), Super Photo tickets and an array of VIP Club packages.

Fans can select and pay for their 2020 Acura 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.

The 46th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will feature six exciting races: the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Series, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks, Super Drift Challenge and the Historic Formula Atlantic Challenge.

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

TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY FOR THE 2020 ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY FOR THE 2020 ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH LONG BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2019) – Next April 17-19, race fans will feel the rush at the 46th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, with tickets for America’s #1 Street Race going on sale Monday at 10 a.m. PT. Featuring a variety of on-…

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PIRELLI GT4 AMERICA SPRINTX RACE ADDED TO  2020 ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

  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 Attendance Estimate

45th ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH 
ATTENDANCE ESTIMATE

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

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…

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