The drivers of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will walk the red carpet in Long Beach on April 12 for the world premiere of docuseries “100 Days to Indy,” just a few days before the 2023 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach officially kicks off.
From race tracks in St. Petersburg to Long Beach, the series chronicles a competitive journey for the drivers revving up for one of the largest single-day sporting events in the world, the Indianapolis 500, coming up on May 28.
Attendance to the Long Beach event, presented by CW Sports and VICE, is free for everyone who is able to RSVP by March 31, until capacity is reached.
“We think that fans will have a really cool opportunity to visit the footprint of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach just before the weekend starts,” Kate Davis, director of communications for IndyCar, told the Long Beach Post.
Fans will see 2022 Indianapolis 500 champion Marcus Ericson arrive on the red carpet as well as other Hollywood stars of the CW Network, who will attend the event inside the Long Beach Convention Center’s Terrace Theater that evening.
The premiere will mark a rare star-studded event for the city and for the Acura Grand Prix, which has transformed a portion of Downtown into a racetrack for the past 48 years.
“The idea was to really bring Hollywood to the Grand Prix versus the opposite way and hosting something in the L.A. basin,” Davis said. “And the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center was the perfect way to do just that.”
That evening, fans, producers and drivers will get a first look at the documentary series, which was produced by Peske Entertainment and VICE Media Group.
“I think it just made sense to have it here at the racetrack, since it’s concerning IndyCar and IndyCar races on the streets of Long Beach,” said Chris Esslinger, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach’s director of communications.
“100 Days to Indy” will officially premiere on the CW Network on April 27.
“…the production team behind 100 DAYS TO INDY has been working tirelessly to capture the powerful stories of these incredible drivers as they compete at death-defying speeds to be the best of the best,” said Brad Schwartz, president of entertainment at the CW Network, wrote in a statement on Feb. 17.
The soiree will be a spectacle in Long Beach, to say the least, as a “100 Days to Indy” show car will be displayed in front of the convention center as drivers and stars arrive on the red carpet at 5:30 p.m.
The screening will take place at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers and executive producers.
The following drivers will be in attendance and will all be competing in the Grand Prix:
- Team Penske: Two-time INDYCAR SERIES champions, Will Power and Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin of Team Penske.
- Team Andretti: Romain Grosjean, Colton Herta, Kyle Kirkwood and Devlin DeFrancesco will be in attendance.
- Chip Ganassi Racing: Marcus Ericson (2022 Indianapolis 500 winner)
- Meyer Shank Racing: Simon Pagenaud (2019 Indianapolis 500 winner)
- Arrow McLaren INDYCAR team: Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.
And that list is likely to keep growing, Davis said.
Those who would like to attend must RSVP here by March 31 for the premiere of “100 Days to Indy” on Wednesday, April 12.