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For the Formula One race, see United States Grand Prix West.
Long Beach Street Circuit
Long Beach
Location Long Beach, California
Active from N/A - present
Major events IRL Izod IndyCar Series
Long Beach Grand Prix
American Le Mans Series
Grand Prix of Long Beach
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.968 mi (3.167 km)
Turns 11
Lap record 1:06.886 (Sébastien Bourdais, Newman-Haas Racing, 2006, Champ Car World Series)

Template:Infobox Indycar race The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is an open-wheel race held on a street circuit in Long Beach, California. Christopher Pook is the founder and promoter which began as a vision while working at a travel agency in downtown Long Beach. It was the premier circuit in the Champ Car from 1996, and was the first event in the World Series each year from 2004. The 2008 race was the last race for Champ Cars as the series merged with the Indy Racing League,[1][2] and is now an event on the Izod IndyCar Series calendar.

The Long Beach Grand Prix in April is the single largest event in the city of Long Beach. Attendance for the weekend regularly reaches or exceeds 200,000 people.

The Long Beach Grand Prix is the longest running major "street" race held on the North American continent. It started in 1975 as a Formula 5000 race on the streets of downtown, and became a Formula One event the following year. From 1984 to 2008 it was a CART/Champ Car event. Other popular events during the Grand Prix week include a Firestone Indy Lights race, an American Le Mans Series race, and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.

The Long Beach Grand Prix has been announced since 1978 by Bruce Flanders (and his assorted guest announcers) and is frequently a fan favorite.

CircuitEdit

The current race circuit is a 1.968-mile (3.167 km) temporary road course carved out of the city streets surrounding the Convention Center of Long Beach, California. It is particularly noted for its last section, which sees a hairpin turn followed by a long, slightly curved front straightaway which runs the length of Shoreline Drive. The circuit is situated on the Long Beach waterfront, and is lined with palm trees (especially along the front straightaway), making for a scenic track.

EventsEdit

Although the Izod IndyCar Series race is the main event, a number of other races are also held. On April 8, 2006, the Grand-Am Daytona Prototypes took to the streets, replacing the suspended Trans-Am Series. Beginning in 2007, the American Le Mans Series replaced Grand-Am. Other races include Indy Lights (which replaced the Atlantic Championship in 2009) and the popular Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. Additionally, a week of fairs, music, and promotional activities is held.

2008 and the Long Beach/Motegi "split weekend"Edit

During negotiations which led to the merging of the Champ Car World Series and the IRL IndyCar Series, a problem came in the form of a scheduling conflict between the Champ Car race scheduled at Long Beach and the IndyCar race held at Twin Ring Motegi the same weekend. Honda, who owns the Motegi complex and also supplies equipment to the IndyCar Series, could not change their scheduled race date of April 19. Likewise, Long Beach could not change their race weekend (with the Champ Car race scheduled for April 20), such change being a difficult task considering the civil and infrastructural preparations required for a temporary street circuit.

However, all problems were resolved when the two open wheel series agreed to merge in February 2008. Tony George (president of the Indy Racing League), with Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerald Forsythe (the former co-owners of Champ Car) planned an unprecedented "split weekend" of races at Twin Ring Motegi and Long Beach. This compromise allowed all IRL drivers to race in Japan, while ex-Champ Car drivers raced at Long Beach. Both races counted towards the 2008 IndyCar Series Championship. The Long Beach Grand Prix allowed all Champ Car drivers to race with their turbocharged Panoz-Cosworth Champ Cars that would have been used had the merger not taken place. Long Beach/Motegi was the only split weekend of the 2008 IndyCar Series.

DriftingEdit

Beginning in 2005 the event included a demonstration by participants in the Formula D drifting series, in which participants engage in controlled slides, moving their cars sideways across the track.

WinnersEdit

Season Date Winning Driver Chassis Engine Team Report
Formula 5000
1975 September 28 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brian Redman Lola Chevrolet Report
Formula 1
1976 March 28 20px-Flag of Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 312T2 Ferrari Scuderia Ferrari Report
1977 April 3 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lotus 78 Ford Cosworth Team Lotus Report
1978 April 2 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 312T3 Ferrari Scuderia Ferrari Report
1979 April 8 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 312T4B Ferrari Scuderia Ferrari Report
1980 March 30 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Brabham BT49 Ford Cosworth Brabham Report
1981 March 15 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Williams FW07B Ford Cosworth Williams Report
1982 April 4 22px-Flag of Austria Niki Lauda McLaren MP4/1B Ford Cosworth McLaren Report
1983 March 27 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson McLaren MP4/1C Ford Cosworth McLaren Report
CART/Champ Car
1984 March 31 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lola Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
1985 April 14 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lola Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
1986 April 13 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti March Cosworth Kraco Racing Report
1987 April 5 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Newman/Haas Racing Report
1988 April 17 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. March Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles Racing Report
1989 April 16 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles Racing Report
1990 April 22 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles/Kraco Racing Report
1991 April 14 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles/Kraco Racing Report
1992 April 12 USAflagsmall Danny Sullivan Galmer Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles/Kraco Racing Report
1993 April 18 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor Penske Racing Report
1994 April 17 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. Penske Ilmor Penske Racing Report
1995 April 9 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. Penske Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor Penske Racing Report
1996 April 14 USAflagsmall Jimmy Vasser Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Report
1997 April 13 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Report
1998 April 5 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Report
1999 April 18 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Report
2000 April 16 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy Reynard Honda Team Green Report
2001 April 8 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Reynard Honda Penske Racing Report
2002 April 14 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Reynard Honda Team Green Report
2003 April 13 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy Lola Ford-Cosworth Forsythe Racing Report
2004 April 18 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy Lola Ford-Cosworth Forsythe Racing Report
2005 April 10 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
2006 April 9 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
2007 April 15 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais Panoz Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
2008 April 20 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Panoz Cosworth KV Racing Report
IRL IndyCar Series
2009 April 19 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Dallara Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Report
2010 April 18 USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara Honda Andretti Autosport Report
2011 April 17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway Dallara Honda Andretti Autosport Report
2012 April 15 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Dallara Chevrolet Penske Racing Report

Atlantics/Indy LightsEdit

Season Date Driver
Atlantic Championship history
1989 West April 16 Flag-of-japansmall Hiro Matsushita
1990 West April 21 USAflagsmall Mark Dismore
1991 April 14 USAflagsmall Jimmy Vasser
1992 April 10 USAflagsmall Mark Dismore
1993 April 17 25px-Canadaflag Claude Bourbonnais
1994 April 17 USAflagsmall Richie Hearn
1995 April 17 25px-Canadaflag David Empringham
1996 April 13 USAflagsmall Case Montgomery
1997 April 12 25px-Canadaflag Alex Tagliani
1998 April 4 USAflagsmall Memo Gidley
1999 April 17 25px-Canadaflag Alex Tagliani
2000 April 15 USAflagsmall Buddy Rice
2001 April 8 25px-Canadaflag David Rutledge
2002 April 14 25px-Canadaflag Michael Valiante
2003 April 13 USAflagsmall A. J. Allmendinger
2004 April 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
2005 April 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge
2006 April 9 Flag of Germany Andreas Wirth
2007 April 15 25px-Brazilflag Raphael Matos
2008 April 20 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro
Season Date Driver
Indy Lights history
1989 April 16 22px-Flag of Ireland Tommy Byrne
1990 April 22 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy
1991 April 14 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Eric Bachelart
1992 April 12 22px-Flag of France Franck Freon
1993 April 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Steve Robertson
1994 April 17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Steve Robertson
1995 April 9 25px-Canadaflag Greg Moore
1996 April 14 25px-Canadaflag David Empringham
1997 April 13 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves
1998 April 5 25px-Brazilflag Cristiano da Matta
1999 April 18 22px-Flag of Austria Philipp Peter
2000 April 16 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon
2001 April 8 USAflagsmall Townsend Bell
2002-2008: No races held
2009 April 19 USAflagsmall J. R. Hildebrand
2010 April 18 25px-Canadaflag James Hinchcliffe

American Le Mans Series / Grand-Am / IMSAEdit

IMSA GT Championship
Year GTO GTU Report
1990 USAflagsmall Dorsey Schroeder
Mercury Cougar
|| USAflagsmall John Finger
Mazda MX-6 || || || report
1991 25px-Newzealand flag Steve Millen
Nissan 300ZX
|| USAflagsmall John Fergus
Dodge Daytona || || || report
Rolex Sports Car Series
Year DP Report
2006 USAflagsmall Scott Pruett
25px-Mexicoflag Luis Díaz
Riley Mk XX-Lexus
|| || || || report
American Le Mans Series
Year LMP1 LMP2 GT1 GT2 Report
2007 22px-Flag of Italy Rinaldo Capello
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI
22px-Flag of France Romain Dumas
Flag of Germany Timo Bernhard
Porsche RS Spyder
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
25px-Monacoflag Olivier Beretta
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R
22px-Flag of Finland Mika Salo
25px-Brazilflag Jaime Melo
Ferrari F430GT
report
2008 Flag of Germany Marco Werner
Flag of Germany Lucas Luhr
Audi R10 TDI
USAflagsmall Scott Sharp
25px-AustraliaFLAG David Brabham
Acura ARX-01b
USAflagsmall Johnny O'Connell
22px-Flag of Denmark Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R
Flag of Germany Dominik Farnbacher
Flag of Germany Dirk Müller
Ferrari F430GT
report
2009 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran
22px-Flag of France Simon Pagenaud
Acura ARX-02a
25px-Mexicoflag Adrián Fernández
25px-Mexicoflag Luis Díaz
Acura ARX-01b
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
25px-Monacoflag Olivier Beretta
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R
USAflagsmall Patrick Long
Flag of Germany Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR
report
Year LMP LMPC GT GTC Report
2010 25px-AustraliaFLAG David Brabham
22px-Flag of France Simon Pagenaud
HPD ARX-01c
USAflagsmall Elton Julian
USAflagsmall Gunnar Jeannette
Oreca FLM09/Chevrolet
USAflagsmall Patrick Long
Flag of Germany Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR
25px-Mexicoflag Juan González
USAflagsmall Butch Leitzinger
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
report
  • Overall winners in bold
LBGP05

2005 Long Beach Grand Prix, showing turn 10 and the Long Beach skyline.

Television historyEdit

CART Champ Car & IRL IndyCar races

Season Date US TV channel Lap-by-lap Driver Analyst(s) Pit Reporters
1984 March 31 NBC Paul Page Johnny Rutherford Gary Gerould & Bruce Jenner
1985 April 14 NBC Paul Page Bobby Unser Gary Gerould & Bruce Jenner
1986 April 13 NBC Paul Page Unknown Gary Gerould & Bruce Jenner
1987 April 5 NBC Paul Page Jackie Stewart Gary Gerould & Bruce Jenner
1988 April 17 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1989 April 16 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1990 April 22 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1991 April 14 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1992 April 12 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1993 April 18 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1994 April 17 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1995 April 9 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1996 April 14 ABC Paul Page Danny Sullivan Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1997 April 13 ABC Bob Varsha Danny Sullivan Gary Gerould & Jon Beekhuis
1998 April 5 ESPN Bob Varsha Danny Sullivan Gary Gerould & Jon Beekhuis
1999 April 18 ABC Paul Page Parker Johnstone Gary Gerould & Jon Beekhuis
2000 April 16 ESPN Paul Page Parker Johnstone Gary Gerould & Jon Beekhuis
2001 April 8 ABC Paul Page Parker Johnstone Gary Gerould & Jon Beekhuis
2002 April 14 Fox Bob Varsha Tommy Kendall Unknown
2003 April 13 Speed Bob Varsha Tommy Kendall Unknown
2004 April 18 Spike TV Bob Jenkins Tommy Kendall Derek Daly, Jon Beekhuis, & Chris McClure
2005 April 10 NBC Rick Benjamin Derek Daly Bill Stephens, Jon Beekhuis, Cameron Steele, & Michelle Biesner
2006 April 9 NBC Rick Benjamin Derek Daly Bill Stephens, Jon Beekhuis, Cameron Steele, & Michelle Biesner
2007 April 15 NBC Bill Weber Jon Beekhuis & Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Marty Snider & Dave Burns
2008 April 20 ESPN2 Marty Reid Scott Goodyear Jack Arute, Jamie Little, Vince Welch, & Brienne Pedigo
2009 April 19 Versus Bob Jenkins Jon Beekhuis & Robbie Buhl Jack Arute, Robbie Floyd, & Lindy Thackston
2010 April 18 Versus Bob Jenkins Jon Beekhuis & Robbie Buhl Jack Arute, Robbie Floyd, & Lindy Thackston

ReferencesEdit

  1. Morales, Robert (February 27, 2008). "Champ Car finale to roar into L.B.". The Long Beach Press-Telegram. http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_8387289. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  2. Steven Cole Smith (2007-11-06). "Champ Car schedule "stable" for 2008". www.autoweek.com. http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071106/FREE/71106009/1015/FREE. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 

External linksEdit

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