Want to get into the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach free of charge? The Press-Telegram will again offer free tickets for the first race day on Friday. Pick up a paper for a coupon that allows you to sign up for a voucher to gain admission to see all of the day’s racing events, including practices and qualifying races.
The dates the papers contain the coupon are: March 5, March 10, March 12, March 17, March 19, March 24, March 26, March 31, April 2 and April 7.
You could also purchase tickets for the weekend races. Tickets for all three days range from $76 to $142; for Saturday only, $65; for Sunday only $55 to $87; and for Friday only, $30. Visit gplb.com/tickets-prices/ for more.
Pre-paid parking packages are also available, along with handicapped seating, Verizon IndyCar Series Paddock access passes, Super Photo tickets and an array of VIP Club packages.
The annual “Roar in the Shore” fan festival in the Belmont Shore area will take place Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., a preview of the April 7-9 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Free to the public, the event will be centered on Second Street, between Covina and Corona avenues. Fans will be able to see race cars on display from the Pirelli World Challenge Championship, as well as vintage and exotic cars on Corona and Covina avenues. There will also be several professional drivers on hand for interviews and to greet fans.
Back by popular demand is Tony Carbajal’s motorcycle stunt show at Corona and Second Street, performing at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Following the stunt show, fans will get a chance to meet and greet and get autographs from the stunt riders.
Those who attend will also get a chance to test their skills with free racing simulators located on Covina and Second.
Fans can find news and information about Roar in the Shore by visiting belmontshore.org/roar-in-the-shore, or follow on Facebook at BelmontShoreBiz, Twitter @belmontshorelb or Instagram at shorelongbeach.
Two legendary drivers with proud histories at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach – Emerson Fittipaldi and Tommy Kendall – will be inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame on Thursday at 11 a.m.
The public is invited to attend the free induction ceremony, which will be held on South Pine Avenue in front of the Convention Center, along the route of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
“Emerson Fittipaldi and Tommy Kendall have truly earned their place on the Motorsports Walk of Fame,” said Mayor Robert Garcia, who will be presenting medallions to the honorees. “It is a privilege to welcome them back to Long Beach and honor them for all of their outstanding achievements in the racing world.”
Emerson Fittipaldi, one of the world’s most recognized drivers, took second place at the Toyota Grand Prix in 1985 and 1990, and third place in 1980, 1989 and 1992. The Brazilian, who began racing motorcycles at age 14, is a two-time winner of both the Formula One World Championship (1972 and 1974) and the Indianapolis 500 (1989 and 1993). He won the Indy Car World Series Championship in 1989, and has a total of 40 wins across Formula One and Indy cars.
Tommy Kendall, a member of the Kendall racing family, took second place in the Trans-Am series at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 1987 and 1989. The Santa Monica native won the Trans-Am Series Championship in 1990, 1995, 1996, and 1997, and the IMSA GTU Series Championship in 1986, 1987, and 1988. He also has enjoyed a successful broadcasting career.
“We’re thrilled to induct Emerson and Tommy into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame this year,” said Jim Michaelian, President and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “They have both made enormous contributions to the sport of racing, as well as the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.”
The Walk of Fame medallions include renditions of the racers’ cars, as well as their major achievements in motorsports. For more information, visit www.lbmotorsportswof.com.
Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets, the free-to-the-public festival that annually kicks off the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend on Thursday will have plenty of action for the entire family.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the event at The Pike Outlets will feature Verizon IndyCar Series pit stop competitions on Shoreline Drive, west of Pine Ave. at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. with three-time Long Beach winner Sebastien Bourdais and his #18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda facing off against Spencer Pigot and the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet.
Freestyle motocross demonstrations will take over Shoreline Drive at 7:05 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. and Tony Carabjal’s stunt motorcycles will wow the crowd at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. Spectator viewing for these events will be located in and around the three grandstands adjacent to The Pike Outlets at Pine Ave. and Shoreline Drive.
Within The Pike Outlets, fans will enjoy live music from Hearts Like Lions and Spencer Sutherland, as well as live DJs on the stage in the main Plaza. Food will be available in the main plaza from Famous Dave’s BBQ and other food trucks, and for fans 21 and older, a Tecate Beer Garden will also be located in the main plaza.
Car enthusiasts and racing fans will find a classic car show located on The Paseo, with local classic, antique and vintage cars, while there will be a race car display on Bay Street with professional drivers and crews from the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, Pirelli World Challenge and SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks signing autographs. Gamers will get a chance to test their skill with free race car simulators located on The Paseo.
Fans will also get to see the debut of the 2017 Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach winners and have a chance to win prizes and special offers with The Pike Outlet’s street team.
Parking for Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets will be available in the Pike Parking structure at Shoreline Drive and Chestnut Ave.
Long Beach fans will get a taste of the 1000+ horsepower engines that dominated the golden age of Can-Am racing, when the historic machines race for the first time on the world-famous seaside circuit.
The 20-minute Can-Am Challenge, which will run Saturday, will start around noon, just prior to the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix event.
Can-Am, shorthand for the Canadian-American Challenge Cup, was a racing series that ran at tracks in Canada and the U.S. from 1966 to 1974 and again from 1977-87. The initial era of Can-Am featured sleek, high-horsepower cars from McLaren, Porsche, Lola, Shadow and more with a list of well-known drivers that included Jim Hall, Mark Donohue, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, George Follmer, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Bruce McLaren and John Surtees, among others.
The historic event at Long Beach will feature cars from the 1966-74 era of Can-Am racing, and be sanctioned by the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA).
“This will be the very first time that these exotic racing machines have competed on any street circuit,” said Jim Michaelian, president & CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “The sounds of these high-powered engines racing down Shoreline Drive will be exhilarating.”
The Grand Prix will be headlined by the second round of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series, as well as the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and its all-new prototype cars.
In addition, the weekend will include the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge under the lights on Friday and Saturday nights; SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks, and the powerful sports cars of the Pirelli World Challenge.
Fans can also follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @ToyotaGPLB, Instagram at ToyotaGPLB and Snapchat at ToyotaGPLB.
The SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks series has signed a multi-year agreement to return and race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach starting in 2017.
Popular with Grand Prix fans, the Stadium SUPER Trucks series, founded by racing legend Robby Gordon, features high-horsepower trucks that not only race around the world-famous 1.97-mile, 11-turn Grand Prix racetrack but also jump high in the air utilizing a series of temporary ramps placed throughout the circuit. Long Beach is the third of 10 racing events on the 2017 SUPER Trucks schedule.
“It’s great to come back to Long Beach for our fifth year,” said Gordon. “It’s pretty cool that we’ve been able to build a good following there and wow the fans. We’re really proud to be back because, in my mind, the Grand Prix of Long Beach is the biggest street race in North America.”
The SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks will run practice and qualifying on Friday with races on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Here’s a schedule for the weekend:
Friday, April 7
7:00 a.m. Gates Open
7:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Practice
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 1
11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Can-Am Challenge Practice
12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. Stadium Super Trucks Practice
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. INDYCAR Practice 2
3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Can-Am Qualifying
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pirelli World Challenge Practice
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. INDYCAR All-Driver Autograph Session (INDYCAR Paddock – Free to all spectators)
4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. IMSA Qualifying
6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge #1 (Turns 9-10-11)
6:45 p.m. Tecate Light Fiesta Friday Concert Starring Moderatto (Concert Stage)
Saturday, April 8
7:00 a.m. Gates Open
8:45 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. World Challenge Practice
9:20 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. World Challenge Qualifying
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Autograph Session at Team Transporters (IMSA Paddock)
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. INDYCAR Practice 3
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pirelli World Challenge Autograph Session (World Challenge Paddock)
12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m. Can-Am Challenge Race
12:30 p.m. IMSA Pre-Race Ceremonies
1:05 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix (Round 3 of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – 100 min.)
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. SoCal Racing Heritage Autograph session with Can-Am Legend George Follmer (Promenade Rooms 103B-C)
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. INDYCAR Qualifying & Firestone Fast 6
5:05 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Stadium Super Trucks Race #1
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge #2 (Turns 9-10-11)
6:00 p.m. Rock-N-Roar Concert: SMG Presents Kings of Chaos Starring Billy Idol, Billy Gibbons & Chester Bennington (Concert Stage)
Sunday, April 9
7:00 a.m. Gates open
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. INDYCAR Warm-Up
9:35 a.m. World Challenge to Grid
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Pirelli World Challenge Race
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. SoCal Racing Heritage Autograph Session with Ron Capps & the Agajanian brothers (Cary, Chris & J.C. Jr.)
12:00 p.m. – 12:10 p.m. Mothers Exotic Car Parade
12:30 p.m. INDYCAR Pre-Race Ceremonies
12:50 p.m. INDYCARS to grid
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Race #2 of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series – 85 laps)
4:05 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Stadium Super Trucks Race #2
*Schedule subject to change without notice