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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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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.

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LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION JOINS  ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH AS SPONSOR 

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…

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EL TRI TO HEADLINE FIESTA FRIDAY CONCERT  AT ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

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…

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