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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.
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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.

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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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