Newgarden was the runner-up in Long Beach at the last two Grand Prix, and has finished in the top 10 here every time the race has been run since 2015.
In hopes of avoiding long lines and confusion on race day, race organizers are encouraging ticket holders to submit proof of vaccination ahead of time or have it handy on race day.
The Global Time Attack challenge, a new addition to the Grand Prix program, in which drivers compete for the fastest lap time over the course of the weekend.
“The fact that we’re the season finale … adds a whole new dimension to the interest level,” Michaelian said, noting that the interest is not relegated to race fans but also to teams and their sponsors.
This year’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will look and feel a little different, but race organizers say attendees can still expect a weekend filled with loud noises, food and libations, and a concert on Saturday, Sept. 25.
While the gates for the Grand Prix races don’t open till Friday, there’s still lots of race-related happenings in the week before. Here’s a run-down of all the events:
This is the 13th straight year drifting has been part of the Grand Prix
Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power will become the 30th and 31st medallions in the line on April 11—then they’ll both return to their IndyCars to race on a course they know so intimately.