2014: Happy 40th Anniversary Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach!
For the 40th anniversary, the Official Program had an entire special section dedicated to the history of the race and “Four Decades of the Roar in the Shore.” It included winners, fun facts, and neat historical information like six-wheeled cars, female drivers who had raced the streets, and robotic cars. Anything and everything you’d want to know about America’s longest running street race.
With a schedule that was becoming a bit constant, the six-race weekend had exciting shows for everyone. The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race saw MTV star Brett Davern win, Pirelli World Championship GT, GTS, and GTA classes saw Johnny O’Connell hit the podium, and, at the end of the year, snag his third series championship. The IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (TUSC) was the inaugural season of IMSA’s new series created out of a merger of the Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series. The Long Beach race was titled the Tequila Patron SportsCar Showcase and 2018 Grand Marshal Scott Pruett earned another podium here along with teammate Memo Rojas. Robby Gordon, who brought his “Formula Off-Road” back for a second year, took the highest spot on its podium. Gabby Chaves dominated the Indy Lights race and for the big show, Mike Conway took checkers for the second time in the Streets of Long Beach, and the newly titled Verizon Indycar Series World Champion was Will Power.
The Expo was full of family friendly activities, and the pre-show production was inspiring as always, and the fans? Turned out in droves for the best weekend in SoCal. ... See MoreSee Less
2013: The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was now a pretty consistent six-race weekend, but 2013 saw the advent of a race relationship that every single fan loves, six years later. Robby Gordon’s Off-Road Stadium Super Trucks “Exhibition” made its debut this year as a schedule regular, much to fans’ - old and young - delight. We hope that this race, which will have anyone screaming “Oooo” and “AAAAHHHH,” won’t be going anywhere soon.
Another new feature for the race weekend? Night racing. For the first time ever, Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge would be starting at 7 pm on both Friday and Saturday. They would also only be using turns 9, 10, and 11 for the first time, as opposed to the whole 1.97-mile course.
Brett Michaels dominated the Rock-N-Roar concert stage on Saturday night, turning out a record number of rock-n-rollers.
Takuma Sato took the checkers this year, and the Streets saw rookie Conor Daly for the first time. #44YearsStrong ... See MoreSee Less