Grand Prix of Long Beach news 2010-04-09

FILM STAR & TV PRODUCER MARK WAHLBERG TAKES ON NEW ROLE: GRAND MARSHAL OF IZOD INDYCAR SERIES RACE AT 36th ANNUAL TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 9, 2010) -- Mark Wahlberg, Oscar nominated actor ("The Departed") and...

FILM STAR & TV PRODUCER MARK WAHLBERG TAKES ON NEW ROLE: GRAND MARSHAL OF IZOD INDYCAR SERIES RACE AT 36th ANNUAL TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 9, 2010) -- Mark Wahlberg, Oscar nominated actor ("The Departed") and Emmy award-nominated producer ("Entourage") who has starred in and produced a wide variety of films and TV shows, is adding the role of Grand Marshal of the 36th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach to his resume.

The Boston native will give the famed command, "Drivers, start your engines" at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 18 for the start of the IZOD IndyCar Series race, headlining the six-race Grand Prix weekend schedule April 16-18.

Wahlberg got his first big screen role in Penny Marshall's 1994 "Renaissance Man," and he followed that with audience- and critic-pleasing roles in films such as "Boogie Nights," "The Perfect Storm" and "The Departed."

Wahlberg's upcoming projects include "The Fighter" and "The Other Guys," both 2010 releases.

Tickets for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, featuring six races including the IZOD IndyCar and American Le Mans series, start at $25. Tickets can be purchased from the Grand Prix ticket office by calling toll-free at (888) 82-SPEED, Ticketmaster or by visiting www.gplb.com. Children 12 and under admitted FREE.

A ticket brochure - which includes circuit map, grandstand and parking locations, ticket prices and order form - can be obtained by calling the ticket hotline. Pre-paid parking packages are also available when ordering through the Grand Prix Ticket Office. Handicapped seating, IZOD IndyCar Paddock passes, Super Photo tickets and a variety of hospitality club packages are also available.

-source: -TGPLB-

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