CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach opens ticket office

DOWNTOWN TICKET OFFICE NOW OPEN FOR 31st ANNUAL TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 7, 2005) - Tickets for the 31st Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 8-10, are now available for purchase in downtown Long ...

DOWNTOWN TICKET OFFICE NOW OPEN FOR 31st ANNUAL TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 7, 2005) - Tickets for the 31st Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 8-10, are now available for purchase in downtown Long Beach.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach's downtown ticket office, located at 430 East First Street in Long Beach (between Elm and Linden) is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Race posters and merchandise - including shirts, hats and jackets - are also available for purchase.

Leading the high-speed assault on the city's streets will be the cars and stars of the Champ Car World Series, led by defending Long Beach winner Paul Tracy, 2004 series titleholder Sebastien Bourdais, Jimmy Vasser, Bruno Junqueira and the return to racing of 2003 series champion Cristiano da Matta.

The action-packed weekend also includes: the Imperial Capital Bank Challenge for the Toyota Atlantic Championship, spotlighting tomorrow's racing greats; the all-muscle-car Trans-Am Series and - "street legal" for the first time! - the Inaugural Long Beach Drifting Challenge, the hottest new motorsport in the the world.

And, the fan favorite Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race returns for a 29th year with a host of media, entertainment and sports celebrities tangling in an always-action-packed 10-lap dash for charity.

In addition to top-notch racing, spectators of all ages will enjoy Tecate's Fiesta Friday Concert at 5:30, featuring "Conjunto Primavera," the leader of the norteno/romantic genre.

On Saturday, the internationally known rock group "Pennywise" performs beginning at 4:30, followed by the Tecate Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pageant.

Both concerts and the Pageant will be held on the Convention Center outdoor stage and are free to race ticket holders.

Fans can also take pleasant between-races "pit stops" by visiting the popular Automobile Club of Southern California Lifestyle Expo, an exhibition that includes the latest high-tech products and services, racecars, games and simulators PLUS wild-wheeling FreestyleMX motocross action in the arena. Admission to the Expo is free to race ticket holders.

The race circuit, which includes the downtown streets of Long Beach surrounding the Long Beach Entertainment and Convention Center, is 1.97 miles in length and includes 11 turns. Grandstands lining the circuit include reserved seating, limited general admission seats, and seating for various club ticket packages.

Ticket prices for the three-day event 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.

In addition to the downtown walk-up service, 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 www.longbeachgp.com, or at Ticketmaster locations throughout Southern California, including all Robinsons-May, Tower Records and Wherehouse stores.

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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The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is operated by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. DVD subsidiaries operate five tracks (four permanent facilities and one temporary circuit) in four states, and present more than 500 motorsports events each year. This includes 16 major, national events which operate under the auspices of four of the premier sanctioning bodies in the U.S. - NASCAR, NHRA, IRL and Champ Car. Dover Motorsports, Inc. also owns and operates Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del.; Nashville Superspeedway complex near 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 Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais , Cristiano da Matta