Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Week
It's that time again, race week in Long Beach! Don't miss one second of the action!
Race fans get ready! The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is back! We've made it easy for you to get in on the fun, just have a look below.
Formula DRIFT kicks-off the racing season on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course has been around since 1977. Highlighted by Formula 1, IndyCar, American Le Mans Series, The Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, and now Formula DRIFT.
2018 will be Formula DRIFT’s 15th consecutive year at the famous Street Course. The 2-day event will again be one week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Utilizing Turns 9, 10, and 11 of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course, Formula DRIFT slides its way on one of two actual street course utilized for professional drifting. With a high-speed entry and very tight spacing between the cars and walls, there is no room for mistakes, making the opening round of the Formula DRIFT season one of the most exciting drift events of the year.
This event also features: a huge vendor village, tons of giveaways from sponsors, driver autograph session, open pits to see the cars and stars up close and personal, and so much more!
Roar in the Shore
Start your engines as Belmont Shore leads the way into the Toyota Grand Prix weekend with Roar in the Shore. Watch motorcycle stunts, inspect race cars, have fun in the Family Zone, and more.
Miss Toyota Grand Prix LB Pageant
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach fans, where are you? Our finale for the finalists of this year's Miss TGPLB will be held Wednesday, April 11th at Hotel Maya DoubleTree by Hilton! This event is free to the public and all ages are welcome. Come meet our current winners and received a signed hero card while snapping photos in The Happen Booth and dancing the evening away with DJ Herick. The contest begins at 7pm, we can't wait to see you there!
Motorsport Walk of Fame: Helio Castroneves & Juan Pablo Montoya to be Inducted Into Walk of Fame!
Two Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach winners—Helio Castroneves (above right) and Juan Pablo Montoya (above left) — will be inducted on Thursday, April 12, at 11:00 am into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame, a City of Long Beach and Grand Prix Association of Long Beach joint project.
The public is invited to attend the 13th annual Walk of Fame induction ceremony, which will be held on South Pine Avenue in front of the Convention Center as part of the festivities surrounding the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Admission to the ceremony is free.
Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets Promises Plenty of Action!
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, will have plenty of action for the entire family.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., This FREE Event at The Pike Outlets will have plenty of fun for the whole family including motorcycle stunt shows, pit stop competitions, car displays, live music, food, beer garden & more!
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Along with the Verizon IndyCar Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge, and SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks will run on the world-famous 11-turn, 1.97-mile street circuit encompassing the Pike at Rainbow Harbor, Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.
Ozomatli Headlines the Fiesta Friday Concert!
Popular Latin/Hip Hop band Ozomatli will headline the April 13 Fiesta Friday Concert at the 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, officials announced.
The Fiesta Friday Concert will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. on the plaza in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center adjacent to the Long Beach Convention Center and is free to Friday race ticket holders. Space at the plaza is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1995, Ozomatli features a wide variety of musical styles, including salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, rap and others. Its six current members have been with the band since their self-titled debut album in 1998: Wil-Dog Abers, Raul Pacheco, Justin “El Niño” Poree, Asdrubal Sierra, Ulises Bella and Jiro Yamaguchi.
The band has released seven studio albums in total and played all over the world, including China, Tunisia, Jordan and Burma. Since 2011, Ozomatli has also served as the in-house band for stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias’ TV show, Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution.
“The Grand Prix of Long Beach is a long-time tradition that Ozomatli is happy to be a part of,” said Pacheco. “There is nothing like the close up roar of high-performance race cars against the beautiful downtown skyline. With the 20th anniversary of our debut record right around the corner, we’ll be bringing a little somethin’ new and a little somethin’ old to our performance. No doubt, we’ll all be dancing!”
The group has found a way to represent Los Angeles’ eclectic culture through music that appeals to the local community and the world beyond. Ozomatli’s success is exemplified in an impressive variety of genres and they have created one of the most exciting, captivating and flat-out fun live shows touring today. They continue to harness their musical instincts by conceiving new concepts and forging new sounds that keep fans on their toes and the world dancing.
The Cult Headlines Saturday's Rock N' Roar Concert
Legendary rock band The Cult will headline the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach’s Rock-N-Roar Concert on Saturday night, April 14.
Free to race ticket holders, the show will begin at 6 p.m. after the close of daytime racing activities.
The Cult have recorded 10 albums comprising many hit songs including “She Sells Sanctuary,” “Wild Flower” and “Fire Woman,” and their latest album, “Hidden City,” was released in 2016. The band’s current lineup includes Ian Astbury (vocals) and Billy Duffy (lead guitar), as well as Grant Fitzpatrick (bass guitar), Damon Fox (keyboards) and John Tempesta (drums).
“We are looking forward to playing for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach fans,” said Duffy, “performing at this historic street race is a real honor for The Cult.”
The show will take place on the plaza in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center adjacent to the Long Beach Convention Center and is free to Saturday race ticket holders. Space at the plaza is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
OTHER GRAND PRIX RELATED HAPPENINGS
Grand Prix Fixe Dinner - April 13-15 at Michael's on Naples
Shoreline Village Grand Prix Experience - April 13-15 at Shoreline Village
Tap Takeover & Happy Hour Specials - April 13-15 at Parkers' Lighthouse
Grand Prix Happy Hour - April 15 at The Federal