Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
April marks the return of America’s number one street race: the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The 1.968-mile, 12-turn track encircling the Long Beach Convention Centre features the world’s best street racers, including 2017 winner James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. With an estimated 250,000 people attending, this year’s event is set to be one of the biggest yet.
History of the Long Beach Grand Prix
Founded by Christopher Pook in 1975, the Long Beach Grand Prix is North America’s longest running street race. The inaugural event, which was part of the Formula 5000 schedule, was won by British driver Brian Redman. In 1976, the Long Beach Grand Prix became a premier Formula 1 race and it was a staple event on the CART/Champ Car calendar between 1996 and 2008. Finally, in 2009 it became a part of the unified IndyCar series, where it remains today.
2018 Long Beach Grand Prix racing schedule
Here’s a look at what to expect from the Long Beach Grand Prix’s top five races:
- Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge Competitions #1 and #2
On Friday April 13 and Saturday April 14, the best drifters will tackle the bends along the eastern end of the Long Beach circuit in two exciting Drift Challenge Competitions.
- IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
On Saturday April 14, the most innovative sports cars in the world compete for the IMSA Championship during this 100-minute event.
- Pirelli World Challenge
On Sunday April 15, 40 of the world’s most famous car manufacturers including Porsche, Lamborghini, Mercedes and Ferrari race for the Pirelli World Championship.
- SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks Races #1 and #2
On Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15, the world’s best supertrucks ditch the desert and motocross tracks and descend onto the streets of Long Beach for two Speed Energy Stadium Super Truck races.
- Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
On Sunday April 15, the Grand Prix is headlined by the third round of the 144th annual Verizon IndyCar Series race. Attendees can expect to see defending series champion Josef Newgarden, 2017’s winner James Hinchcliffe and 2016’s winner Simon Pagenaud, among others.
The action-packed Long Beach Grand Prix is complemented by family fun zones, lifestyle expos and autograph sessions with the event’s famous drivers, all taking place in the convention center at the heart of the track. Additionally, evening concerts conclude each race day in style. Discover the full Long Beach Grand Prix racing schedule here.
Long Beach Grand Prix tickets
There are a variety of tickets available for the Long Beach Grand Prix. A three-day ticket with Saturday and Sunday reserved seating costs $147 for adults and $79 for juniors aged 12 and under. For a VIP experience, consider the one-, two- and three-day hospitality club tickets listed below:
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Turn One Club: Includes admission on Sunday only and offers great views of the end of the front straightaway next to the all-important Turn 1 left-hander. Tickets cost $175 per person ($100 for juniors).
- Committee of 300 Paddock Club: Run by the famous “redcoats” of the 300 Committee, this ticket includes circuit admission and seats nestled behind Grandstand 24 outside of the hairpin. Tickets cost $325 per person for three days, $155 per person for Saturday only and $175 per person for Sunday only.
- Vista Club Ticket: Includes circuit admission and access to the Vista Club, located on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency hotel, which provides great views of the first six turns. Tickets cost $590 per person for three days, $300 per person for Friday or Saturday only and $365 per person for Sunday only.
- Seaside Club Ticket: Includes three-day circuit admission and a Seaside Suite located near the end of the high-speed Seaside Way back straight, providing you with the best views of Turns 9 and 10 and the famous hairpin. Tickets cost $595 per person.
- Pit Lane Club Ticket: Includes three-day circuit admission and a VIP hospitality experience overlooking the pit lane and front straightaway. Tickets cost $950 per person.
The Long Beach Grand Prix features a range of on- and off-track activities the whole family can enjoy. After you’ve booked your tickets, charter a private jet with Air Charter Service to Long Beach Daugherty Field Airport, California, a short 15-minute drive to the convention center, and prepare to enjoy three days of racing excellence.