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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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…
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.
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…
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.”…
——————————————————————————————————————— 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…