CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach Grand Prix news 2004-09-22

Tickets Now on Sale for the 31st Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2004) - It's never to early to starting thinking about the Rites of Spring! Specifically, Southern California's "Official Spring Brake," the...

Tickets Now on Sale for the 31st Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2004) - It's never to early to starting thinking about the Rites of Spring!

Specifically, Southern California's "Official Spring Brake," the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Tickets for the 31st Annual edition of America's premier street race, April 8-10, 2005 are now on sale.

The 2005 Grand Prix will again feature the cars and stars of the CART Champ Car World Series, expected to be led by four-time Long Beach winner Paul Tracy, Southern California favorite Michel Jourdain Jr., Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira.

"Following up on our very successful 30th anniversary celebration, we are already making plans to include several features at next year's race that will make it even more attractive," said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. "With the new stability of Champ Car and the added development in downtown Long Beach, the 31st edition of the Grand Prix should be something special."

Also scheduled for the action-packed weekend is the always-entertaining Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, now in its 29th year, as well as the Toyota Atlantic Championship showcasing young driving talent. There will be additional races announced in the coming weeks.

As always, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will feature much more than top-notch racing. There will once again be a variety of family-oriented activities throughout the weekend, including the Automobile Club of Southern California Lifestyle Expo, free to all race ticket holders. Every year the Lifestyle Expo features the latest high-tech products and services, racecars, games, and simulators. For the younger crowd, extreme sports demonstrations will return, as will the Kids' Fun Zone. Evening activities include the Tecate Fiesta Friday concert - featuring the hottest Latin bands - and Saturday Rock-N-Roar concert featuring internationally known acts like Third Eye Blind, Everclear and the Goo Goo Dolls in the past.

For the sixth consecutive year, the 1.97-mile, 11-turn race circuit configuration on the downtown streets of Long Beach encompassing the Aquarium of the Pacific, Pike at Rainbow Harbor and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is unchanged. Nineteen grandstands line the circuit, which include reserved seats, 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 general admission ticket to $114 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 2005 event can be placed by calling the ticket hotline toll-free at (888) 82-SPEED. A ticket brochure for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 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 Champ Car Garage passes, super photo tickets and several 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais , Jim Michaelian , Michel Jourdain