GP of Long Beach "green power" news

"GREEN" WILL MEAN MORE THAN JUST "GO" AT THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 17, 2008) -- American motorsports is poised to take a giant leap into the future April 18-20 at the 34th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long ...

"GREEN" WILL MEAN MORE THAN JUST "GO" AT THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 17, 2008) -- American motorsports is poised to take a giant leap into the future April 18-20 at the 34th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

With the debut of "Green Power Prix-View" and an expanded Lifestyle and Alternative Energy Expo, the Toyota Grand Prix weekend will be the first major auto racing event to focus on innovations in alternative energy as they apply not only to everyday life, but to the world of fast cars as well.

Green Power Prix View will feature extensive, weekend-long displays of alternative energy vehicles, including the Toyota "Highway to the Future," as well as on-circuit activities featuring everything from hybrids to electric power to robotic vehicles.

The robotic vehicles will include the 1-2 finishers in the recent Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Urban Challenge in Victorville, CA, which attracted more than 30 entrants, as well as the Toyota Prius that finished sixth.

The first-place vehicle from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA won $2 million, while the runner-up entry from Stanford University in California took home $1 million. The Prius was entered by the Ben Franklin Racing Team.

The DARPA contest required the robotic vehicles to navigate traffic circles, avoid moving obstacles and merge into lanes...all the while obeying California's traffic laws!

In addition, race attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in an alternative energy vehicle ride/drive program, slated for 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, April 20 near turns 9 and 10 on the east side of the Grand Prix circuit.

And, all weekend long, the Lifestyle and Alternative Energy Expo will highlight renewable energy sources, water and energy conservation, green building and healthy lifestyles for inside AND outside the home. The Expo is open race weekend from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday and, like all in-circuit Green Power events, is free with a race ticket.

The Expo's host - the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center -- will be doing its part, too, generating more than 725 kilowatts of power daily from rooftop solar panels...more than 25% of the building's energy requirements.

"Green Power" will be a featured part of the weekend's six racing series ON the track, as well.

The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U. S. Department of Energy and SAE International to incorporate "green racing" into its 2008 season, with all series cars competing on alternative fuels.

For example, the ALMS starting grid at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon will include Corvette Racing, powered by E85, a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Corvette Racing won its seventh consecutive GT1 manufacturers and team championship in 2007.

The defending ALMS LMP1 class champions, Audi Sport North America, will have their four drivers wheeling their biodiesel-powered Audi R10 in search of a second straight class win on the fabled 1.97-mile Long Beach street circuit. The R10's fuel is typically a synthetic derivative of oils found in various plant life.

Around the circuit, Grand Prix management will be placing specialized bins to collect recyclable materials such as aluminum cans, plastic and cardboard. In conjunction with Safety-Kleen, the Grand Prix will recycle oil and petroleum waste from race cars.

And, thousands of the more than 180,000 expected race fans will shun their automobiles to take advantage of Metrolink and the Metro Blue Line, which provide fast, convenient service right to the gates of the Grand Prix from virtually anywhere in Southern California.

The 34th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will showcase six racing series - Champ Cars, the 32nd Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race and EZ Lube Team Drift Challenge, plus ALMS, Imperial Capital Bank Champ Car Atlantic and SPEED World Challenge races.

The fan-favorite Tecate Light Cool Zone will present its Fiesta Friday Concert and Saturday night Rock-N-Roar Concert (featuring the hit group "Pennywise"), followed by the Tecate Light Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pageant. All three Tecate Light Cool Zone events are free to race ticketholders.

Race fans will also be able to try their hand at the latest in computer games or turn some hot laps in karts, and will enjoy extreme sports, motorcycle, bike and skateboard demonstrations.

For tickets or information about the 34th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Green Power Prix-View or the Lifestyle and Alternative Energy Expo, call toll-free at 888-82-SPEED, or visit www.gplb.com.

-credit: -TGPLB-

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