Tickets are now on sale for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, with the “bigger, better, bolder” 44th annual event set to return April 13-15, it was announced.
From the Roar in the Shore kickoff on Wednesday to the final races on Sunday, ear-plugged attendees seemed to enjoy the mostly sunny weather as race car after race car ripped through the city circuit to both disappointing crashes and sweet victories.
Following a rip roaring Thunder Thursday and Wednesday’s “Roar in the Shore,” tonight marks the first race of the 43rd annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
University of Southern California (USC) head football coach Clay Helton will be giving the command “Drivers, start your engines,” as part of his duties as Grand Marshal for the 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, officials announced.
A 1,000-plus horsepower Can-Am race car sped through a portion of the 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach’s race circuit Tuesday, as an introduction to one of the featured races of the April event, the Can-Am challenge.
Verizon IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud breezed to a top place finish today, the final IndyCar race of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It was, perhaps, the only thing breezy about the day, which featured sweltering temps that reached the mid-80s, but felt like more on the black asphalt and cement of the course.
Day one of the Grand Prix is a bit lower-key than the rest of the weekend’s extravaganza, as any local knows. The people flocking to the stands likely have to take a day off of work, and the rounds of racing are purely for the sake of practice or qualification. But the spectators are every bit as passionate as those who turn out on Sunday, the day of the big IndyCar race.
“It’s not every day you see freestyle motocross in the middle of downtown LB,” spectator Sam Roberts Instagrammed during Thunder Thursday, the Downtown Long Beach Associates’ (DLBA) 16th annual kick-off to Grand Prix weekend.
As the T-1000 in Terminator 2, stunts, speed, morphing limbs and explosions left actor Robert Patrick unphased—a level of excitement unmatched, perhaps, unless one is racing the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. A race in which Patrick has participated, of course, multiple times. Patrick is returning one last time, serving as the grand marshal for the 2016 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on April 16, officials announced today. It’s the last time Toyota will host the celebrity race at the event.
Boxing legend and Olympic gold medalist, Oscar De La Hoya will take on Grand Marshal duties next weekend for the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, officials announced Thursday.