|Race boss Jim Michaelian expects a bigger crowd for Acura GP of Long Beach|
UPDATETicket sales for this weekend's Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach are tracking to be up slightly from last year, when there were a reported 185,000 attendees over three days, according to event President & CEO Jim Michaelian.
Michaelian earlier this week said he was expecting about 55,000 fans Friday and then 65,000 on Saturday for the IMSA race, and another 65,000 on Sunday for the NTT IndyCar Series race.
He credited new title sponsor Acura with helping ticket sales by running a local TV campaign in recent weeks promoting the race.
Acura will have an Acura owners-only hospitality area and eight NSX models to serve as pace cars. The race has a 44-year streak of no rain on its Sunday IndyCar race day, Michaelian said. With forecasts hovering around 0% for race time Sunday, the event appears primed to extend the streak to 45. Adam Stern/SBD
04/08/19 Ticket sales for this weekend's Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach are tracking up around 1% versus last year, when there was a reported 185K attendees over three days, per event CEO Jim Michaelian.
Michaelian expects about 55K fans on Friday and then 65K on Saturday and Sunday.
Michaelian credited new title sponsor Acura with helping ticket sales by running a local TV ad campaign in L.A. in recent weeks promoting the race.
Acura will also have an Acura owners-only hospitality area at the GP Long Beach and eight NSX models will serve as pace car for the races. Adam Stern/SBD Tweet