CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach schedule released

SCHEDULE SET FOR AMBITIOUS SIX-RACE WEEKEND AT 32nd ANNUAL TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH LONG BEACH, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2006) -- For the first time ever, six races - capped by the season opener for the 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car...

SCHEDULE SET FOR AMBITIOUS SIX-RACE WEEKEND AT 32nd ANNUAL TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2006) -- For the first time ever, six races - capped by the season opener for the 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford - will highlight the 32nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend, April 7-9.

The ambitious schedule includes the debut of two racing series on the city streets. The hard-charging Daytona Prototypes, part of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, will stage a 90-minute race at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon. That race follows the 12:15 start of the 30th Anniversary Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, always a crowd favorite.

The other new addition, the SPEED World Challenge GT, wraps up racing activities at 4 p.m. Sunday, following the Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Series Race (10:35 a.m.) and the Champ Car Race (1 p.m.).

In addition, the hit series of 2005 - Drifting - will take to the track for their special brand of speed at 5:05 p.m. Friday, 3:10 p.m. Saturday and 3:20 p.m. Sunday.

The weekend schedule also includes the popular Lifestyle Expo, Tecate Fiesta Friday Concert, Saturday Rock-N-Roar Concert and Tecate Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach pageant. All of these weekend in-circuit events are FREE to race ticket holders.

Tickets for the 32nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach can be purchased from the Grand Prix ticket office by calling the toll-free ticket hotline at (888) 82-SPEED. A handy ticket brochure - which includes circuit map, grandstand and parking locations, ticket prices and order form - can be obtained by calling the ticket hotline. Tickets are also available online at longbeachgp.com or ticketmaster.com.

Ticket prices for the Grand Prix range from $35 for Friday/Saturday general admission up to $115 for a three-day ticket that includes Saturday and Sunday reserved seats in upper levels of the grandstands. Pre-paid parking packages are also available when ordering through the Grand Prix Ticket Office. Handicapped seating, Bosch Champ Car Garage passes, super photo tickets and a variety of hospitality club packages are also available.

<pre> The complete weekend schedule (subject to change):

Friday, April 7 Gates open 7 a.m. Lifestyle Expo opens 8 a.m. Rolex Series practice 8 a.m. Atlantic Series practice 9 a.m. Champ Car practice 10 a.m. Toyota Pro/Celebrity practice 11:30 a.m. Atlantic Series Qualifying 1:20 p.m. Champ Car Qualifying 2:05 p.m. Toyota Pro/Celebrity Qualifying 3:15 p.m. Rolex Series Qualifying 3:55 p.m. Driver autograph session 4 p.m. (Champ Car paddock) Drifting Challenge 5:05 p.m. SPEED GT practice 5:35 p.m. Tecate "Fiesta Friday" Concert 6 p.m. (approx.) (Concert stage)

Saturday, April 8 Gates open 7 a.m. Lifestyle Expo opens 8 a.m. Rolex Series practice 8 a.m. SPEED GT practice 8:30 a.m. Atlantic practice 9:45 a.m. Champ Car practice 10:30 am. TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY RACE (l0 laps) 12:15 p.m. Atlantic Qualifying 1:15 p.m. Champ Car Qualifying 2 p.m. Drifting Challenge 3:10 p.m. ROLEX SERIES RACE (90 Min.) 4 p.m. "Rock-N-Roar" Concert 5:30 p.m. (approx.) (concert stage) Tecate Miss Toyota Grand Prix pageant (following concert)

Sunday, April 9 Gates open 7 a.m. Lifestyle Expo opens 8 a.m. SPEED GT Qualifying 8 a.m. Atlantic Series warm-up 8:35 a.m. Champ Car warm-up 9 a.m. IMPERIAL CAPITAL BANK 10:35 a.m. ATLANTIC SERIES RACE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH 1 p.m. CHAMP CAR RACE Drifting Challenge 3:20 p.m. SPEED GT RACE 4 p.m.

-TGPLB-

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