VRRROOM with a View: The Acura Grand Prix Returns to Long Beach
The deafening roar of engines will shake Long Beach’s palm trees as the No. 1 street race in the United States — the 47th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach — sends powerful cars careening down scenic Shoreline Drive at 185 miles per hour. The much-anticipated annual weekend offers a variety of beachside racing events that’ll be gone in a blink of an eye. Here’s some of the action happening Friday through Sunday, April 8-10.
The gates officially open at the Acura Grand Prix starting at 7:30 a.m., making way for a weekend expected to draw 180,000 spectators. Various race practices and qualifying races dominate the day’s activities. Other highlights:
- The Lifestyle Expo opens inside the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and offers weekend-long informational and retail exhibits, plus a Family Fun Zone with interactive games and children-sized racecars, as well as a Green Power Prix-View focused on alternative energy vehicles.
- There’s plenty of food and drink around the 1.97-mile racecourse starting on Friday and throughout the weekend, including a sensational gourmet Food Truck Experience behind Grandstand 31, south of the front straightaway near Shoreline Drive.
- Burning rubber will fill the air starting with a 6:30 p.m. practice and 7 p.m. start for the fan-favorite Formula D Super Drift Challenge Competition #1 with the finest drivers from the Formula Drift series.
High-octane competitions on the track continue Saturday with some of the following events, plus a nighttime concert:
- A preeminent one-make racing series, the Porsche Carrera Cup Race #1 will feature 30 to 35 Porsche racecars on the track starting at 10:45 a.m., with a fierce 45-minute race.
- The finest sports cars will be in the lineup for the two-hour IMSA SportsCar Championship starting at 2 p.m. Two classes of the most advanced, exotic cars on the planet will engage in the 100-minute shootout.
- Robby Gordon’s Stadium SUPER Trucks Race #1 series showcases powerful, high-flying tracks performing wild ramp jumps at 4:30 p.m.
- The Historic IMSA GTP Challenge #1 at 5:15 p.m., celebrates the legacy of classic racecars with prototypes from the 1980s and 1990s lighting up the track with famous marques such as Ford, Jaguar, Mazda, Nissan, Lola and Toyota.
- Drift fans will get another day of the popular motorsport with a 6 p.m. practice and 6:30 p.m. start to Formula D Super Drift Challenge Competition #2.
- And at 6 p.m., the legendary hard-rock band Royal Machines — with Billy Morrison, Chris Chaney, Dave Navarro, Donovan Leitch, Josh Freese, Mark McGrath and special guests — are the stars on stage in a concert presented by Acura and ASM Global in front of the Long Beach Terrace Theater.
On the final day at the races, the main event heats up the 1.97-mile, 11-turn track along with the finales of several other competitions.
- The morning warms up at 10:45 a.m. with the Historic IMSA GTP Challenge Race #2 featuring incredible racing machines from bygone eras.
- Then, at 12:45 p.m. the 85-lap third race of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series is the showstopper of the weekend with an international field of world-class drivers, including turbocharged cars and stars like six-time series champion Scott Dixon, Long Beach winners Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta, and defending series champ Alex Palou.
- There’s more excitement planned for the afternoon as well, with a 3:30 p.m. Stadium SUPER Trucks Race #2 as the drivers engage in thrilling side-by-side action.
- And, the finale to the weekend is the Porsche Carrera Cup Race #2 with identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars putting all the pressure on the talents of their up-and-coming drivers.