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Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Adds Historic Can-Am Race to Event Lineup

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2016) – Next April, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach fans will get a taste of the 1000+ horsepower engines that dominated the golden age of Can-Am racing, when the historic machines race for the first time on the world-famous seaside circuit.

The 20-minute race, which will run Saturday, April 8, will start at approximately noon, just prior to the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix event.

Can-Am, shorthand for the Canadian-American Challenge Cup, was a racing series that ran at tracks in Canada and the U.S. from 1966 to 1974 and again from 1977-87. The initial era of Can-Am featured sleek, high-horsepower cars from McLaren, Porsche, Lola, Shadow and more with a list of well-known drivers that included Jim Hall, Mark Donohue, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, George Follmer, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Bruce McLaren and John Surtees, among others.

The historic event at Long Beach will feature cars from the 1966-74 era of Can-Am racing, and be sanctioned by the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA).

“HMSA is thrilled to be part of the Grand Prix Long Beach, a truly iconic event with a rich motorsports history and a jewel of Southern California,” said Cris Vandagriff, president of the Historic Motor Sports Association. “We are proud to bring the cars from what has been called the greatest series ever created, the original Can-Am. These cars were the fastest racing cars of their day and still make the earth move when they take to the track.”

“This will be the very first time that these exotic racing machines have competed on any street circuit,” said Jim Michaelian, president & CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “The sounds of these high-powered engines racing down Shoreline Drive will be exhilarating.”

Featuring a wide variety of on- and off-track activities for the entire family, the Grand Prix will be headlined by the second round of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series, as well as the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and its all-new prototype cars. 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, and the powerful sports cars of the Pirelli World Challenge.

Ticket prices for the three-day event range from $32 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $142 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, Verizon IndyCar Series Paddock access passes, Super Photo tickets and an array of VIP Club packages.

Fans can select and pay for their 2017 Toyota 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 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @ToyotaGPLB, Instagram at ToyotaGPLB and Snapchat at ToyotaGPLB.

Alfonso Ribeiro Wins 40th Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race!

ALFONSO RIBEIRO TAKES FINAL CHECKERED FLAG IN BACK-TO-BACK VICTORIES AT 40TH TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY RACE

Ribeiro takes the trophy in the last running at ‘The Beach,’ Max Papis and Rod Millen round out the Top 3.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 16, 2016) — Alfonso Ribeiro won the 2016 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, triumphing over the most accomplished field the annual charity racing event has ever seen. The roaring crowd witnessed the stunning performance by Ribeiro, who started the race in the 8th position and successfully avoided any collisions or walls to take the checkered flag.

Ribeiro, now a four-time Toyota Pro/Celebrity winner (1994, 1995 & 2015), is best-known for his role as ‘Carlton’ on “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Ribeiro, who is the new host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” had the fastest lap of the day with a time of 1:42.102.

Ribeiro started in the middle of the field, but in just two laps passed seven drivers, including Dara Torres, 12-time Olympic Medalist, and Adam Carolla, comedian and radio personality, to secure the lead. Just as the race was beginning to heat up on the 1.97-mile street course in downtown Long Beach, yellow flags were thrown.

“I turned the corner and had about five hundredths of a thousandth of a millisecond to react, and there was nothing much I could do,” said Sean Patrick Flanery, actor best known for his role in “Boondock Saints.”

Flanery collided with two other cars when rounding turn eight, a pile-up that included Brett Davern, who plays ‘Jake Rosati’ on MTV’s “Awkward,” and Bob Carter, senior vice president of Automotive Operations for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

Davern, upon taking turn eight, had hit the tire barriers, and Carter who was right behind him, hit Davern’s rear quarter panel.

“I knew when I saw his car, and could read his name, that I was unfortunately going to hit him,” said Carter.

While pulling the damaged vehicles off the track under a local yellow flag, the field came around turn eight, and Flanery, looking to pass “Mad Max” Papis, former Champ Car driver, after the turn, ended up rear-ending Carter.

Race officials threw the red flag, stopping the race in order to clear the track of vehicles and debris, and ensure all drivers and track personnel were safe before continuing with the historical race.

Ribeiro, already having obtained the lead was pursued heavily by Papis, with Rod Millen, 5-time Toyota Pikes Peak Unlimited winner, riding his tail. This trio rounded out the top three finishers. Carolla, started and finished in fourth position.

“At the end of the day this is all about the children, ‘Racing For Kids’ is what it’s all about, and everyone here understands that,” said Carter.

Millen added, “I’m just happy to be here, and to race with all these awesome people, who are all champions.”

“The pace of this race was extremely fast and the drivers were very competitive at the start,” said President and CEO of the Grand Prix Association Jim Michaelian. “There was some exciting action in the field that had the fans on their feet, and we are glad everyone will walk away unscathed. Congratulations to Alfonso Ribeiro on his victory. A special thanks to all this year’s participants who helped make the final race exciting. All their enthusiasm is, ultimately, for a great cause, and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race was proud to be able to make it happen one last time.”

Toyota will donate $5,000 to Racing for Kids in the name of each participant, for a total of $100,000, and an additional $5,000 to Fresh Start Surgical Gifts on behalf of Ribeiro. Fresh Start Surgical Gifts is a national nonprofit program benefiting infants, children and teens with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease through the gift of reconstructive surgery.

The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is scheduled to be broadcast on CBS Sportsnet on May 8 at 6 PM ET, and will re-air numerous times. (Check your local listings for details)

Fans can follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @ToyotaGPLB (#TPCR40) and Instagram at ToyotaGPLB.

Vasser Wins Pole But Field Inverted for 40th Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 15, 2016) — After a 30-minute qualifying session on Friday, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach officials awarded the 40th and final Toyota Pro/Celebrity Pole Position to winner, Jimmy Vasser. Before Vasser could celebrate, however, race officials announced that the field would be inverted, taking the top position away from Vasser,…

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Oscar De La Hoya named Grand Marshal for 42nd Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach

OSCAR DE LA HOYA NAMED GRAND MARSHAL 

FOR 42ND TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

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Honorary Starter Taya Kyle, C-17 Flyover and National Anthem Singer Sgt. Marcus Dangelo Add to Festivities Before Sunday, April 17 Verizon IndyCar Series Race


 

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 7, 2016) — A superstar whose popularity transcends boxing, Oscar De La Hoya has been named Grand Marshal for the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 17.

De La Hoya will be joined by Taya Kyle, wife of Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, who will wave the green flag for the Verizon IndyCar Series race on Sunday as the Honorary Starter.

Oscar de la Hoya to be Grand Marshal of 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo: Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach)

In addition, during the pre-race activities, Sgt. Marcus Dangelo of the California Army National Guard 40th Infantry Division Band will sing the national anthem and fans will be treated to a flyover of a Boeing C-17 military transport airplane by the U.S. Air Force out of March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley.

De La Hoya, known around the world not only as one of the best fighters of his era but as an elite event promoter, is also a Grammy-nominated singer, astute businessman and active philanthropist. He has been recognized by lawmakers in Washington, D.C., California and Los Angeles for his many contributions to the Mexican American community.

Over the course of his boxing career, De La Hoya was an Olympic gold medalist, 10-time world champion in six divisions and among the biggest draws in the history of the sport. Since retiring from the ring in 2009, he has built the company he founded, Golden Boy Promotions, with a focus on building the sport’s next generation of talented superstars including Canelo Alvarez, Jorge Linares, Lucas Matthysse, Randy Caballero, and David Lemieux.

Elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014, De La Hoya has received many accolades from the media for his continued contributions to the sport of boxing and was named “Promoter of the Year” two years in a row by Sports Illustrated in 2014 and 2015.

Taya Kyle is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, American Wife. She is a bold advocate for women and families and a passionate voice for faith, strength and American ideals.

Following the tragic death of her husband Chris Kyle – author of the New York Times bestselling book and Academy Award-winning motion picture, American Sniper – Taya now serves as Executive Director of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. The Foundation continues Chris Kyle’s legacy while serving the needs of military and first responder families.  Among her achievements, Kyle has been presented with the Ronald Reagan Award at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner in 2015 and was the first woman to be presented the Stonewall Jackson Award on Memorial Day by Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Ticket prices for Sunday, April 17 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach range from $60 for a Sunday General Admission ticket, which grants access to all the day’s race events, to $87 for a Sunday reserved-seat ticket in grandstand upper levels.  There are three-day ticket packages available, as well as pre-paid parking, handicapped seating, Verizon IndyCar Series Paddock access passes, Super Photo tickets and a wide variety of Hospitality Club packages.

Fans can select and pay for their 2016 Toyota 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 can be obtained by calling the hotline.

Actor Sean Patrick Flanery Added to 40th Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Field!

TWO-TIME TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY WINNER SEAN PATRICK FLANERY ADDED TO FIELD

Actor Sean Patrick Flanery, back-to-back race winner in 1997 and 1998, joins the field for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach, making it the largest field in the storied event’s 40-year history. 

 

LONG BEACH, Calif., (March 15, 2016) — Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and Toyota announced today that actor, and two-time Toyota Pro/Celebrity race winner, Sean Patrick Flanery will join the highly ambitious field of past winners for the 40th anniversary Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach.

The announcement makes this, the Pro/Celebrity race’s final year, the largest field to ever compete in the longest-running corporate-sponsored charity race in the U.S.A., which will take place on April 16 on the 1.97-mile street course in downtown Long Beach, Calif., as part of the 42ndToyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.

Flanery will join Stephen Baldwin, Frankie Muniz, Brian Austin Green and last year’s overall winner, Alfonso Ribeiro, on the streets of Long Beach in 210-horsepower Scion FR-S race-prepped cars, once again navigating high speeds and demanding turns to benefit “Racing For Kids,” a charitable organization supporting children’s hospitals throughout the United States.

The announced field of intensely competitive personalities who will duke it out for the winner’s trophy and bragging rights, includes, in order of their first win in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race and the years they participated in the race:

 

  • Al Unser, Jr. (@AlUnserJr) 1985, 2009 and 2014

Pro/ Overall winner in 1985, 2009, Pro winner in 2014. Dubbed “King of the Beach,” as the winningest driver in Long Beach, with six Indy Car wins and three Pro/Celebrity wins. Also a 2-time Indy 500 winner, and 2-time IndyCar Champion.

  • Ricky Schroder 1989 and 1996

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 1989. Most recently starred in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” Golden Globe winning actor best-known for roles in “Silver Spoons,” “NYPD Blue” and “Get Him to the Greek.”

  • Stephen Baldwin (@StephenBaldwin7) 1990

Celebrity winner in 1990. He has starred in film, television and radio. Best-known for his roles in “The Usual Suspects” and “The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas.” He also appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice” and “Celebrity Fear Factor.”

  • Eddie Lawson 1993

Pro/ Overall winner in 1993. Motorcycle Hall of Famer and four-time 500cc World Champion. He also earned back-to-back AMA 250 Grand Prix Series, AMA Superbike Series Championships, won the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hour race, and was a two-time winner of the Daytona 200.

  • Alfonso Ribeiro (@Alfonso_Ribeiro) 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2015

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 1994 & 1995, Pro/ Overall winner in 2015. Currently the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” on ABC and “Unwrapped 2.0” on the Cooking Channel. Known for his iconic role of Carlton on “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and in 2014, he took home the coveted Mirror Ball trophy on “Dancing With the Stars.”

  • Rod Millen (@LeadFootNZ) 1992 and 1995

Pro winner in 1995. He is the winner of three-consecutive Grand National Sport Truck titles. He is also a 5-time Toyota Pikes Peak Unlimited class winner, holding the record for fastest ascent.

  • Sean Patrick Flanery (@SeanFlanery) 1997 and 1998

Celebrity/ Overall Winner in 1997, Pro/ Overall Winner in 1998. A television and film actor, best-known for his roles in “Powder,” “Boondock Saints” and Showtime’s  “Dexter.” His second book, Jane Two: A Novel, drops in April.

  • Dara Torres (@DaraTorres) 2002, 2004 and 2015

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 2002. 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer, who was named as one of the “Top Female Athletes of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated. In 2002, she was the first woman to win the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race.

  • Max Papis (@MaxPapis) 2004

Pro/ Overall winner in 2004. “Mad Max,” a stock car race driver has competed in many top-level motorsports events including the Le Mans 24 Hours, Formula One and Champ Car. He has three Champ Car victories.

  • Chris McDonald (@YesItsChrisMcD) 2001, 2004 and 2005

Celebrity winner in 2004. Currently co-starring in HBO’s “Ballers,” after a stint on CBS’s “The Good Wife.” He has starred in over 100 movies, but is best-known for playing ‘Shooter McGavin’ in “Happy Gilmore.”

  • Frankie Muniz (@FrankieMuniz) 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2011

Celebrity winner in 2005. Starred in “Sharknado: Heart of Sharkness,” and best-known for his role in “Malcolm in the Middle.” His diverse resume also includes race car driver and drummer of pop-rock group’s Kingsfoil.

  • Mike Skinner (@SkinnerRoundUp) 2007 and 2008

Pro winner in 2007 & 2008. 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, and the 1997 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year. He has competed in over 550 races in NASCAR’s top three divisions.

  • Doug Fregin 2009, 2012 and 2014

Charity auction winner in 2009, 2012 & 2014. He has donated over $320,000 to “Racing For Kids.” Co-Founder of Research in Motion (now Blackberry) and Quantum Valley Investments Fund.

  • Brian Austin Green 1997, 2010 and 2011

Celebrity winner in 2010. An actor, director, and producer, who came to fame on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” recently starred on “Anger Management” on FX. He’s also known for roles in “Desperate Housewives,” “Smallville” and “Las Vegas.”

  • Jimmy Vasser (@JimmyVasser) 2010

Pro/ Overall winner in 2010. Former Toyota Atlantic Series and IndyCar driver. 1996 IndyCar World Series Champion. He is an IndyCar team owner, and owns three Toyota dealerships.

  • Ken Gushi (@KenGushi) 2011

Pro winner in 2011. He was once the youngest, most successful drift competitor in Japan, and in the U.S. With numerous Top 3 finishes in national and international drifting competitions, his racing career has just begun.

  • William Fichtner 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 2011. A television, theater and film star, he will be seen in the June releases of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

  • Adam Carolla (@AdamCarolla) 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 2012, Pro winner in 2013.  He is best known as a comedian, actor, radio personality, television host and New York Times bestselling author.  He can be heard daily on his podcast “The Adam Carolla Show.”

  • Rutledge Wood (@RutledgeWood) 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 2013. A NASCAR analyst for NBC Sports, he can also be seen in History Channel’s “Lost In Transmission,” and as co-host of “Top Gear USA” which just finished filming its sixth season.

  • Brett Davern (@BDavv) 2013, 2014 and 2015

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 2014. Actor who stars as ‘Jake Rosati’ in MTV’s hit series “Awkward.” He recently appeared in the Beach Boys bio-pic “Love & Mercy” and “The Stanford Prison Experiment.”

  • Dave Pasant 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2013 and 2015

Celebrity winner in 2015, and 7-time charity auction winner. A retired insurance executive, he has participated in this race 6-times, donating a total of $417,000 to “Racing For Kids.” He is also an executive producer of “Road Hard,” starring Adam Carolla.

  • Bob Carter 

Carter is the Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

 

Since 1991, Toyota has donated more than $2.3 million to the “Racing for Kids” organization on behalf of this race and its participants.

Fans can follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @ToyotaGPLB (#TPCR40) and Instagram at ToyotaGPLB.

Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Hits the Streets of Long Beach for 40th and Final Time

LONG BEACH, Calif., (March 9, 2016) — Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and Toyota announced today that actors Stephen Baldwin, Frankie Muniz, Brian Austin Green and last year’s overall winner, Alfonso Ribeiro, are among the 21 participants from film, television and sports, who will return to compete in the 40th Anniversary of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.

This announcement heralds the 40th and final edition of the longest-running corporate-sponsored charity race in the U.S.A., which will take place April 16 on the 1.97-mile street course in downtown Long Beach, Calif., as part of the 42ndToyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.

“At Toyota, we wanted to do something unique for this final race,” said Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, performance and guest experience for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. “By hosting a field comprised mostly of past Toyota Pro/Celebrity winners, we anticipate this to be the most competitive race in the event’s history with a diverse field of celebrity and professional drivers.”

This unique field of past Toyota Pro, Celebrity and Overall winners will once again take to the streets in 210-horsepower Scion FR-S race-prepped cars, navigating high speeds and demanding turns to benefit “Racing For Kids,” a charitable organization supporting children’s hospitals throughout the United States.

The announced field of intensely competitive personalities who will duke it out for the final trophy and bragging rights, includes, in order of their first win in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race and the years they participated in the race:

Al Unser, Jr. (@AlUnserJr) 1985, 2009 and 2014

Pro/ Overall winner in 1985, 2009, Pro winner in 2014. Dubbed “King of the Beach,” as the winningest driver in Long Beach, with six Indy Car wins and three Pro/Celebrity wins. Also a 2-time Indy 500 winner, and 2-time IndyCar Champion.

Ricky Schroder 1989 and 1996

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 1989. Most recently starred in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” Golden Globe winning actor best-known for roles in “Silver Spoons,” “NYPD Blue” and “Get Him to the Greek.”

Stephen Baldwin (@StephenBaldwin7) 1990

Celebrity winner in 1990. He has starred in film, television and radio. Best-known for his roles in “The Usual Suspects” and “The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas.” He also appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice” and “Celebrity Fear Factor.”

Eddie Lawson 1993

Pro/ Overall winner in 1993. Motorcycle Hall of Famer and four-time 500cc World Champion. He also earned back-to-back AMA 250 Grand Prix Series, AMA Superbike Series Championships, won the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hour race, and was a two-time winner of the Daytona 200.

Alfonso Ribeiro (@Alfonso_Ribeiro) 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2015

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 1994 & 1995, Pro/ Overall winner in 2015. Currently the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” on ABC and “Unwrapped 2.0” on the Cooking Channel. Known for his iconic role of Carlton on “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and in 2014, he took home the coveted Mirror Ball trophy on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Rod Millen (@LeadFootNZ) 1992 and 1995

Pro winner in 1995. Winner of three-consecutive Grand National Sport Truck titles, 5-time Toyota Pikes Peak Unlimited class winner, and 3-time Toyota off-road stadium truck champion.

Dara Torres (@DaraTorres) 2002, 2004 and 2015

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 2002. 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer, who was named as one of the “Top Female Athletes of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated. In 2002, she was the first woman to win the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race.

Max Papis (@MaxPapis) 2004

Pro/ Overall winner in 2004. “Mad Max,” a stock car race driver has competed in many top-level motorsports events including the Le Mans 24 Hours, Formula One and Champ Car. He has three Champ Car victories.

Chris McDonald (@YesItsChrisMcD) 2001, 2004 and 2005

Celebrity winner in 2004. Currently co-starring in HBO’s “Ballers,” after a stint on CBS’s “The Good Wife.” He has starred in over 100 movies, but is best-known for playing ‘Shooter McGavin’ in “Happy Gilmore.”

Frankie Muniz (@FrankieMuniz) 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2011

Celebrity winner in 2005. Starred in “Sharknado: Heart of Sharkness,” and best-known for his role in “Malcolm in the Middle.” His diverse resume also includes race car driver, drummer of pop-rock group’s Kingsfoil, and Ambassador for the Armed Forces Foundation.

Mike Skinner (@SkinnerRoundUp) 2007 and 2008

Pro winner in 2007 & 2008. 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, and the 1997 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year. He has competed in over 550 races in NASCAR’s top three divisions.

Doug Fregin 2009, 2012 and 2014

Charity auction winner in 2009, 2012 & 2014. He has donated over $320,000 to “Racing For Kids.” Co-Founder of Research in Motion (now Blackberry) and Quantum Valley Investments Fund.

Brian Austin Green 1997, 2010 and 2011

Celebrity winner in 2010. An actor, director, and producer, who came to fame on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” recently starred on “Anger Management” on FX. He’s also known for roles in “Desperate Housewives,” “Smallville” and “Las Vegas.”

Jimmy Vasser (@JimmyVasser) 2010

Pro/ Overall winner in 2010. Former Toyota Atlantic Series and IndyCar driver. 1996 IndyCar World Series Champion. He is an IndyCar team owner, and owns three Toyota dealerships.

Ken Gushi (@KenGushi) 2011

Pro winner in 2011. He was once the youngest, most successful drift competitor in Japan, and in the U.S. With numerous Top 3 finishes in national and international drifting competitions, his racing career has just begun.

William Fichtner 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 2011. A television, theater and film star, he will be seen in the June releases of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

Adam Carolla (@AdamCarolla) 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 2012, Pro winner in 2013.  He is best known as a comedian, actor, radio personality, television host and New York Times bestselling author.  He can be heard daily on his podcast “The Adam Carolla Show.”

Rutledge Wood (@RutledgeWood) 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 2013. A NASCAR analyst for NBC Sports, he can also be seen in History Channel’s “Lost In Transmission,” and as co-host of “Top Gear USA” which just finished filming its sixth season.

Brett Davern (@BDavv) 2013, 2014 and 2015

Celebrity/ Overall winner in 2014. Actor who stars as ‘Jake Rosati’ in MTV’s hit series “Awkward.” He recently appeared in the Beach Boys bio-pic “Love & Mercy” and “The Stanford Prison Experiment.”

Dave Pasant 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2013 and 2015

Celebrity winner in 2015, and 7-time charity auction winner. A retired insurance executive, he has participated in this race six ttimes, donating a total of $417,000 to “Racing For Kids.” He is also an executive producer of “Road Hard,” starring Adam Carolla.

Bob Carter 

Carter is the Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
“This should be a thrilling race with so many of the participants past winners here at Long Beach,” Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach said. “It will be interesting to see who best recalls the racing technique that will enable them to once again stand on top of the podium.”

Since 1991, Toyota has donated more than $2.3 million to the “Racing for Kids” organization on behalf of this race and its participants.

Fans can follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @ToyotaGPLB (#TPCR40) and Instagram at ToyotaGPLB.

TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY FOR THE 2016 TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2015) – It’s time to speed into spring! Tickets for the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, set to run April 15-17, 2016, go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. PT.

With a wide array of on- and off-track activities for the entire family, the 2016 Grand Prix will be headlined by a round of the Verizon IndyCar Series, expected to include celebrated drivers such as defending series champion and Long Beach winner Scott Dixon; past Long Beach winners Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato, as well as 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 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will also feature the 40th anniversary running of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, expected to boast an all-star cast of past winners and participants to celebrate the prestigious race’s four decades of giving to local children’s charities. Also set for the three-day weekend: the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, featuring the top sports cars in North America; the KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge under the lights on Friday and Saturday nights; SPEED Energy Off-Road Series featuring Robby Gordon’s jumping super trucks, and the Pirelli World Challenge.

“With the 40th anniversary Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, plus everything else we have to offer, the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be an event to remember,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “As the number one street race in America combined with all that the City of Long Beach has to offer, the Grand Prix will again be the best family entertainment value in Southern California.”

The event’s family entertainment menu also includes free Friday and Saturday night concerts and the Lifestyle Expo featuring a huge Family Fun Zone with racing simulators, kids’ racing cars, computer games and action sports. Add to that multiple driver autograph sessions, 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.

Ticket prices for the three-day event range from $30 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $142 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, Verizon IndyCar Paddock access passes, Super Photo tickets and a wide variety of Hospitality Club packages.

Fans can select and pay for their 2016 Toyota 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 can be obtained by calling the hotline.

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

Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach Continues Long-Standing Entitlement

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 24, 2015) – The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach announced today that it has reached a multi-year agreement with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. and the Southern California Toyota Dealers Association to continue as the title sponsor of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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The extension ensures that Toyota’s 41-year relationship with America’s premier street race will continue. Toyota has been title sponsor of the event since 1980, thought to be the longest consecutive entitlement in professional sports, while the automaker’s presence dates back to serving as the official pace car at the event’s inaugural running in 1975.

“For the last four decades, Toyota has been proud of its affiliation with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach,” said Dave Harbuck, corporate manager of motorsports and engagement marketing, Toyota. “This title sponsorship has provided Toyota with the opportunity to showcase great racing in a fun environment for the fans.”

As part of the new agreement, Toyota will once again become title sponsor of the fan-favorite Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, which has played host to the biggest stars of the entertainment and sports world since 1977.  The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, featuring identically-prepared Scion FR-S race cars, has become the most prestigious and longest lasting event of its kind. During its 39 year history, Toyota has donated more than $2 million dollars to local children’s hospitals on behalf of the “Racing for Kids” charitable organization.

In addition to the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach features the Verizon IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge, SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Series and Pirelli World Challenge with more support events to be announced.

“We are absolutely thrilled to continue our relationship with Toyota Motor Sales and the Southern California Toyota Dealers Association,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “They have been an extraordinary partner in our event from the very beginning, and we look forward to extending this relationship to new heights in the coming years.”

The 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will run April 15-17. For more information, visit gplb.com or follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @ToyotaGPLB, Instagram at ToyotaGPLB and Snapchat at ToyotaGPLB.

Sir Patrick Stewart Leads Star-Studded Pre-Race Ceremonies During 41st Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach Weekend

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 10, 2015) — Sir Patrick Stewart will serve as Grand Marshal for the featured Verizon IndyCar Series race on Sun., April 19 at the 41st Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Patrick Stewart
The acclaimed stage and screen actor is a racing enthusiast who competed in the 2002 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on the streets of Long Beach. Best known for his roles in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the X-Men franchise, Stewart returns to series television later this year starring as the title character in “Blunt Talk,” a half-hour comedy executive produced by Seth MacFarlane and Jonathan Ames for Starz.

Desean Jackson

Saturday’s Grand Marshal, pro football star DeSean Jackson, is a three-time NFL Pro Bowl selection who prepped at Long Beach Poly High School before going on to stardom at the University of California, Berkeley, and with the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.

Vince Neil of Motley Crue will wave the green flag as Saturday’s Honorary Starter and will also star later that evening in the “Rock-N-Roar” Concert, free to race ticketholders. On Sunday, Honorary Starter honors fall to long-time open-wheel and sports car driving star Adrian Fernandez, who is enshrined on the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame.

Saturday’s national anthem singer will be Karla Mosley, who has appeared in “Hart of Dixie” and currently is a regular on TV’s popular “The Bold and the Beautiful” and, on Sunday, actor/musician James Maslow, a competitor in Saturday’s Pro/Celebrity Race and the star of the top-rated Nickelodeon program, “Big Time Rush,” will sing the anthem before the IndyCar race.

Team Fastrax, a famous skydiving team, will be bringing in the American flag both Saturday and Sunday, courtesy of team members Paul Stanford, Jay Stokes and Hollis Collins.

Sunday’s invocation will be given by Father Glenn O’Conner, Catholic Chaplain with the Verizon IndyCar Ministry. And, our nation’s colors will be presented on both days by Alpha Company, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, California Army National Guard.

Fans can select and pay for their 2015 Toyota 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. Also featured on gplb.com is the latest Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach news, downloadable ticket brochure and racetrack information, photos and ongoing announcements of special race week activities.

Ticket prices range from $30 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $135 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, Verizon IndyCar Paddock passes, Super Photo tickets and a wide variety of Hospitality Club packages.

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

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