32nd ANNUAL TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH PRESS LUNCHEON QUOTES LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2005) - The following are selected quotes from Tuesday's kickoff luncheon for the 32nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which will run...
32nd ANNUAL TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH PRESS LUNCHEON QUOTES
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2005) - The following are selected quotes from Tuesday's kickoff luncheon for the 32nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which will run April 7-9, 2006. The luncheon took place at Gladstone's Restaurant in downtown Long Beach.
PAUL NEWMAN, actor/race car driver/Champ Car team owner (by phone): "We'll be glad to be kicking off the season by returning to Long Beach April 7-9. The people of Long Beach have always supported Champ Cars. They've helped make the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach the real crown jewel of the Champ Car series. We hope to provide even more excitement in 2006."
KEVIN KALKHOVEN, co-owner of the Champ Car World Series and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach: "We're looking forward to another great race here in the streets of Long Beach. There are some three-car teams in the works so there's a possibility of some fairly large starting fields next year. I would be remiss in not recognizing the fantastic support of Toyota through the years, and we certainly look forward to many enjoyable and productive years to come with Toyota, Lexus and Scion here in Long Beach."
LES UNGER, National Motorsports Manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.: "We recently were very pleased to announce a five-year extension, through 2010, as title sponsor of the race. And, we've taken the opportunity to involve not just the Toyota Division, but the Lexus and Scion Divisions, too. This year, the Scion tC will be the official race car of our 30th Anniversary Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, and we're also pleased that Lexus is heavily involved in the debut of the Daytona Prototypes on the streets of Long Beach."
SCOTT PRUETT, 2004 Daytona Prototype Series champion (with co-driver Max Papis) driving a Lexus-powered Ganassi Racing Riley: "I've been coming here since I was 16 years old, so the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is a mainstay race for me. We're really looking forward to the debut of the Daytona Prototypes here on the streets. With a 30-plus car field running a 90-minute race - we normally run 2-1/2 hours - plus a driver change, it should make it REALLY exciting. I'm sure we'll be hitting 185 mph on Shoreline."
(In response to a question about whether he'll be back in a Champ Car cockpit in April): "No, I want to stick with sports cars. I'm having lots of fun, and my days in Champ Cars are over."
JIM MICHAELIAN, CEO, Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, LLC: "I'd like first to acknowledge the extraordinary relationship we've enjoyed with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and the Toyota Dealers of Southern California over the years. They've been a sponsor of the race for 31 years, 26 years of which have been as the title sponsor, and we look forward to five more years - at least! - of Toyota involvement. I'm also pleased we could incorporate not only the Toyota brand, but also Lexus and Scion products in the 2006 race."