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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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STATEMENT BY JIM MICHAELIAN, PRESIDENT & CEO OF GRAND PRIX ASSOCIATION OF LONG BEACH, ON THE PASSING OF LEGENDARY DRIVER DAN GURNEY:

  STATEMENT BY JIM MICHAELIAN, PRESIDENT & CEO OF GRAND PRIX ASSOCIATION OF LONG BEACH, ON THE PASSING OF LEGENDARY DRIVER DAN GURNEY: “The employees and fans of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach are truly saddened to hear of the passing of racing legend Dan Gurney.  As well as being an icon in…

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LONG BEACH CITY COUNCIL APPROVES AGREEMENT FOR TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH THROUGH 2023

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2017) – On Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved a new agreement with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach that will allow the company to continue running the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach through 2023, Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials announced today. The new agreement,…

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HISTORIC TRANS AM CHALLENGE ADDED TO 2018 TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

            LONG BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2017) – Next April 13-14, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach fans will get a look at the American muscle car power that defined the golden age of Trans Am racing, when the historic machines race for the first time on the world-famous race course in the Historic Trans Am…

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Emerson Fittipaldi, Tommy Kendall to be Inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame

LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 29, 2017) — Two legendary drivers with proud histories at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach – Emerson Fittipaldi and Tommy Kendall – will be inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 6, at 11:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend the free, 12th annual…

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KINGS OF CHAOS STARRING BILLY IDOL, BILLY GIBBONS AND CHESTER BENNINGTON HEADLINE SATURDAY ROCK-N-ROAR CONCERT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2017) – Rock-and-roll royalty will invade the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this April when SMG Presents the Kings of Chaos Starring Billy Idol, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park for a high-energy performance at the event’s popular Saturday night Rock-N-Roar Concert. The concert,…

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K1 SPEED JOINS FAMILY OF SPONSORS FOR TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017) – The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach announced a multi-year agreement with K1 Speed to join the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as Official Go-Kart Track Operator. K1 Speed, with 35 kart racing locations across the U.S. and Mexico, will continue to run the popular Go-Kart Challenge…

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