CHAMPCAR/CART: LBGP Start/Finish remains forever

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Start/Finish Line To Become Permanent Fixture On Shoreline Drive LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 1, 2004) - The famous Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach start/finish line, which has seen drivers like Andretti, ...

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Start/Finish Line To Become Permanent Fixture On Shoreline Drive

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 1, 2004) - The famous Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach start/finish line, which has seen drivers like Andretti, Unser, Zanardi and Tracy cross it first in previous Grands Prix, will become a permanent part of Long Beach's Shoreline Drive before next Tuesday's Toyota Pro/Celebrity Press Day.

The start/finish line will be painted with a special checkered-flag pattern with the words "Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach" written facing both directions in the eastbound lanes of Shoreline Drive. The design will be unveiled during a brief ceremony at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

"We wanted to commemorate the point where the field of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach hopefuls can make their dreams of winning this race come true," said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. "For three days, crossing this line first is the goal of every driver on the track. And for the other 362 days of the year, it will serve as a reminder of the excitement of Grand Prix in downtown Long Beach."

Tickets for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, taking place April 16-18, can be ordered via credit card by using the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 82-SPEED. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.longbeachgp.com, at the ticket office at 430 East First Street in Long Beach, between Elm and Linden Streets in downtown Long Beach or at Ticketmaster locations throughout Southern California, including all Robinsons-May, Tower Records and Wherehouse stores.

Ticket prices for the three-day event range from $30 for a Friday/Saturday-only general admission ticket to $110 for a three-day ticket, which includes Saturday and Sunday reserved seating on upper levels of the grandstands. Limited pre-paid parking packages are available and can be purchased when ordering tickets.

Handicapped seating, Bosch Champ Car Garage passes, hospitality club packages and super photo tickets are also available for purchase.

For up-to-date ticket information, descriptions of the various club ticket packages, or for announcements of special Grand Prix event activities, visit the official Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Web site at www.longbeachgp.com.

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar , Trans-Am , Vintage
Drivers Jim Michaelian