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12/06 2017

GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH TO CONTINUE THROUGH 2023

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The cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series will again be screaming on the streets of Long Beach in 2018.PHOTO BY LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC

 

Deal with city guarantees ‘Indy car-style’ racing in Long Beach into the 2020s

BY:  MIKE PRYSON

The Long Beach City Council renewed its commitment to the streets of Long Beach on Tuesday, approving a deal that will keep the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach running through 2023.

While there were reports that the city of Long Beach was at least open to listening to overtures that could have brought Formula 1 to the area, the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach will continue to run the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as a Verizon IndyCar Series weekend.

According to a spokesman for the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, the agreement between the Long Beach and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach gives the association the right to conduct an “Indy car-style racing event in the city.”

There is a separate agreement between the Grand Prix Association and IndyCar to bring the Verizon IndyCar Series to Long Beach annually.

The Verizon IndyCar Series will highlight a six-race weekend April 13-15, 2018.

“We’re looking forward with great enthusiasm to the continuation of this extraordinary partnership between the city of Long Beach and the Grand Prix Association,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “Together we will continue to deliver the first-class, fan-friendly race event that we can all be proud of.”

The relationship between the city of Long Beach and the Grand Prix Association goes back 43 years.