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Long Beach ticket office opening Monday
Starting Monday, residents and visitors to the City of Long Beach will have an even handier place to purchase tickets to the April 15-17 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach:  right in the heart of the city!

The Grand Prix downtown ticket office, located at 300 E. Seaside Way in Long Beach (near the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center box office) will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A variety of great ticket options are available for the six-race weekend, featuring the cars and stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, such as  Danica Patrick, Helio Castroneves, Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon and defending race champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.  The weekend also includes: the popular Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race; the technologically advanced sports cars of the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach race; Firestone Indy Lights; Team Drift Challenge and the Pirelli World Challenge Presented by Stop Tech. 

The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will again boast a star-studded lineup that includes film and television actor William Fichtner, musician Kevin Jonas and UFC Champion Tito Ortiz tangling with professional drivers such as Formula Drift champion Kenshiro Gushi, USAC midget car series champion Kody Swanson and TV star Frankie Muniz in a fender-to-fender, 10-lap dash for charity.

In addition to hot racing, fans can enjoy the Tecate Light Fiesta Friday Concert with two great Hispanic bands, “Moderatto” and “Fobia.”  On Saturday, the Tecate Light Rock-N-Roar Concert Presented by KLOS at 6:30 p.m. features classic rockers “JOHN KAY & STEPPENWOLF.”

Both concerts, held on the Convention Center outdoor stage, are free to race ticket holders.

The weekend-long Lifestyle Expo in the Convention Center – free to all ticket holders – includes the all-new aerial thrills of a Zipline ride, BMX and skateboard exhibitions, rock-climbing wall, a Family Fun Zone filled with electric car rides and computer games and the unique “Green Power Prix-View,” highlighting renewable energy sources and a host of energy tips for inside AND outside the home.

The famed 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 hospitality club ticket packages.

Tickets for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach can be purchased from the Grand Prix ticket office by calling toll-free at (888) 82-SPEED, or you can select your seats online and print your tickets at home for no additional charge by visiting gplb.com. A ticket brochure – which includes circuit map, grandstand and parking locations, ticket prices and order form – can be obtained online or by calling the ticket hotline.

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