CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach adds special event sponsor

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2005) - Adding to the week-long festival atmosphere surrounding the April 8-10 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Vault350, Long Beach's new entertainment hot spot, has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Grand...

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2005) - Adding to the week-long festival atmosphere surrounding the April 8-10 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Vault350, Long Beach's new entertainment hot spot, has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Grand Prix. The venue is planning major live concert events with internationally known acts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights of Grand Prix week.

The concerts will take place later in the evenings. On Friday and Saturday nights, the shows will start after the Tecate Fiesta Friday and Rock-N-Roar concerts in front of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center have ended. Thursday night's concert will be presented as the "grand finale" to the annual Tecate Thursday Thunder on Pine street festival event on Pine Avenue between Broadway and 4th streets in downtown Long Beach.

The headlining acts for all three concerts will be announced soon.

"What an honor to be in a partnership with California's most distinguished, successful and longest-running Grand Prix event," said Mitchell Stewart, owner of Vault350. "Like the Grand Prix we pride ourselves on presenting the best entertainment in Southern California."

Some of the world-class performers who have appeared at the Vault350 include B.B. King, Chris Issak, Joe Walsh, Leon Russell, Marilyn Manson, Keith Sweat, Cheap Trick, Three Dog Night, the B-52s, Sinbad, Merle Haggard and Little Feat.

The Vault350 is an upscale yet intimate concert venue, located in a historic 1920s, renovated bank building. Inside, Vault350 offers 28,000 square feet on three levels with a mezzanine and VIP Lounge overlooking the giant stage. The 110,000 watt, state-of-the-art sound system is considered by many audiophiles and engineers to be the finest in Southern California. There are two 50-foot projection screens on either side of the stage for "larger than life" close-ups that greatly heighten the sense of intimacy.

"In a short period of time, the Vault 350 has had a major impact on the entertainment scene in downtown Long Beach," said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. "We are looking forward to working with Mitchell and his team in adding to the fun and musical experience that our many fans can enjoy during race week."

For more information on Vault350, visit vault350.com or call toll-free, (888) 80-VAULT.

Tickets for the 31st Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which will run April 8-10, 2005, are on sale now. The Champ Car World Series will again be the headline racing event. Tickets can be ordered via credit card by using the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 82-SPEED. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at longbeachgp.com, in person at the Grand Prix ticket office (3000 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 90806).

Ticket prices range from $32 for a Friday/Saturday-only general admission ticket to $114 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 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 five tracks (four permanent facilities and one temporary circuit) in four states and promote events under the auspices of the sport's four premier sanctioning bodies - NASCAR, Champ Car, 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.

-TGPLB-

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar , Trans-Am
Drivers Jim Michaelian