29TH Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach to once again feature Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2002) - The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach announced today that it will once again host a round of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup during its three-day race weekend, April 11-13.
It's the sixth consecutive year - and 12th overall - that America's longest-running road racing series has come to the famed seaside circuit. The Trans-Am race will compliment an action-packed weekend schedule that includes the third round of CART's Bridgestone Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, the 27th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, the second round of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship and the Historic Grand Prix featuring vintage Formula One cars.
"Needless to say, we are delighted to have the Trans Am back as one of the premier events on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend," said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. "Traditionally they have provided some of the best racing at Long Beach and I know our fans look forward to their annual slugfest in the streets as they conclude the racing program on Sunday afternoon."
The 2003 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup features sports cars such as the Jaguar XKR, Chevrolet Corvette, Panoz Esperante, Dodge Viper and Ford Mustang. Its slam-bang style always makes for exciting racing, and features a schedule that includes 11 North American dates with one tentative event yet to be finalized. Each race will be telecast on FOX's SPEED Channel, with air dates and times to be determined.
Boris Said is the series' defending champion, having clinched the title with a victory at the Grand Prix Americas in Miami last October. Last year's Trans-Am event at Long Beach was one of the most memorable in the series' long history, as Paul Gentilozzi won a thriller that saw Said and Justin Bell also take turns leading on the final lap.
"The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is such a great venue, and Los Angeles is a key market that is so vital to our marketing partners," said John Clagett, executive director of the Trans-Am Series. "We are delighted to be returning to Long Beach and you can count on the Trans-Am Series to bring exciting, good to the last lap, V-8 thundering, racing action to the streets of Long Beach."
The Trans-Am race is tentatively scheduled to follow the featured CART race on Sunday afternoon, April 13. There likely will be Trans-Am practice on Friday followed by qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup will be racing at three Dover Motorsports, Inc. facilities in 2003. In addition to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Trans-Am muscle cars will open their season on the streets at the inaugural Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Feb. 21-23, and run later in the year at the Shell Grand Prix of Denver, August 29-31.
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Ticket prices for the 29th Annual 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. The Company owns and operates Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del.; Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn.; Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo., and Memphis Motorsports Park near Memphis, Tenn.; organizes and promotes the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in California, Shell Grand Prix of Denver in Colorado and the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida.