CHAMPCAR/CART: Toyota continues sponsorship of Long Beach event

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach continues with long-term support from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2002) - With the 29th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach just five months away, the crown jewel of the Championship...

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach continues with long-term support from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2002) - With the 29th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach just five months away, the crown jewel of the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) series will continue to thrill Southern California fans with the strong support of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

Toyota has been a sponsor of the event since its inception in 1975 as a Formula 5000 race, and the company has been title sponsor of the Formula One and CART races since 1980. The 29-year partnership is the longest- running active professional sporting event sponsorship arrangement in the United States.

In 2000, Toyota signed a contract that renewed its sponsorship of the Grand Prix through 2005.

"Toyota is proud of the role it has played in making the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach the world-class event that it is today," said Les Unger, national motorsports manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "We look forward to working with the Grand Prix Association to grow the event to be even better over the next few years."

The 2003 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will include the 27th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, a world-renowned event featuring top Hollywood celebrities battling professional drivers in identically prepared Toyota Celicas. Toyota will also continue to be the title sponsor and spec-engine supplier to the Toyota Atlantic Championship Series, which will also be a featured race at the seaside circuit.

"We are delighted to continue our long-standing affiliation with our title sponsor, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.," said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, Inc. "The longevity of this association and the contribution they have made not only to this event but also to the City of Long Beach is unparalleled and we will continue to explore new and exciting ways in which to further enhance this relationship in the years to come."

Ticket prices for the April 11-13 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach range from $40 for a Sunday-only general admission ticket to $108 for a three-day ticket that includes Saturday and Sunday reserved seating in upper levels of the grandstands. Pre-paid parking packages are available and can be purchased when ordering tickets through the Grand Prix ticket office.

Credit card orders for the 2003 event can be placed by calling the ticket hotline toll-free at (888) 82-SPEED. Copies of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach ticket brochure can also be obtained by calling the ticket hotline. The ticket brochure includes a circuit map with grandstand and parking locations as well as ticket prices and a ticket order form.

Handicapped seating, Bosch CART Garage passes, super photo tickets and hospitality club packages are also available.

For updated Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach ticket information, news or announcements of special race week activities, visit www.longbeachgp.com.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is owned and operated by Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, Inc., a subsidiary of Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD). Dover Motorsports, Inc. is a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. Its subsidiaries operate seven tracks (four permanent facilities and three temporary circuits) in six states and promote events under the auspices of the sport's four premier sanctioning bodies - NASCAR, CART, IRL and NHRA. The company owns and operates Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del.; Nashville Superspeedway in Nashville, Tenn.; Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo., and Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn. It also organizes and promotes the Shell Grand Prix of Denver, Colo., and the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida.

-TGPLB-

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar , Road racing
Drivers Jim Michaelian