Public Invited to Cruise the Course at 4th Annual Grand Prix View

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The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will open up the track to the public on Tuesday, April 5, from 11:30AM to 12:45PM for the fourth annual Grand Prix View, the City of Long Beach announced Tuesday.

The community is invited to walk, bike, roller skate or even cruise with a stroller along the course where the world’s best IndyCar drivers will scream through at over 180 mph the next week.

“Coming on the heels of Beach Streets Downtown, this free event is another great opportunity to get some exercise and socialize with friends and co-workers,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in statement. “The added benefit is experiencing the race track from the perspective of some of the pre-eminent race car drivers in the world.”

The public can enter the track at Hart Place and Seaside Way, which is south of Ocean Boulevard. Free parking will be available at the Terrace Parking Structure.

“I encourage the community to come out and check out the race track up close and personal,” stated Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal. “The Grand Prix View is a fun and unique way to enjoy the most popular event in Long Beach every year.”

People can meander at their own pace while checking out the tire tracks and other sights of one of the most famous street courses in the world, right in downtown Long Beach. The Grand Prix View includes 1.5 miles of course and flows in the same direction as the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach the next weekend, and expected to draw an estimated 170,000 spectators.

No motorized vehicles or animals are allowed, with the exception of service animals.

The Grand Prix View is an Open Streets event; by repurposing streets for bicyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorized users, cities are encouraged to consider other ways our streets can be used.

For more information, including a map showing parking and entrance points, visit the Beach Streets website here or call 562.570.5333.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.