|Mike Conway took the win in 2011|
Get ready for turbocharged excitement for the whole family! Tickets for the 38th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, set to run April 13-15, 2012, go on sale today at 9 a.m.
Ticket prices remain unchanged from the 2011 Grand Prix. The 2012 event will again feature the IZOD IndyCar SeriesÂ®, with great drivers such as three-time series champ Dario Franchitti, Long Beach winners Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mike Conway, Will Power, Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal expected to return to battle wheel-to-wheel on the famed 1.97-mile, 11-turn seaside street circuit. The 2012 IndyCar season will also see the introduction of the all-new Dallara IndyCar powered by 2.2-liter, turbocharged V-6 engines from Honda, Chevrolet and Lotus.
The 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will scorch the downtown Long Beach streets with continuous action from six racing series. On Saturday, April 14, the finest sports cars in North America will take center stage in the Tequila PatrÂ¢n American Le Mans Series and the fan-favorite Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, in which film, television and sports stars will take on pro drivers in identically prepared Scion tCs. On Sunday, four races will be on tap including the IndyCars, Indy Lights, Team Drifting and the Pirelli World Challenge.
“We have just concluded our ticket renewal period and are delighted that even in this economic climate, our loyal fans have renewed their tickets at an even stronger pace than for our 2011 event," said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach.
“It’s a testament to the fact that, as the number one street race in America combined with all that the City of Long Beach has to offer, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach continues to be the best family entertainment value in Southern California."
Race weekend’s festival of family entertainment includes free Friday and Saturday night Tecate Light concerts and the Lifestyle Expo with an expanded Family Fun Zone with racing simulators, computer games and action sports. Also in the expo will be the ever-growing Green Power Prix-View, featuring the latest in environmentally conscious products for the car and home.
Ticket prices for the three-day event range from $26 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $130 for a three-day ticket that includes Sat./Sun. reserved seating in grandstand upper levels. Pre-paid parking packages are also available, along with handicapped seating, IndyCar Paddock passes, Super Photo tickets and a wide variety of Hospitality Club packages including the exciting Vista Club – featuring a nearly 360-degree view of the race circuit – located high atop the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.
Fans can select and pay for their 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach seats, parking and paddock passes online at gplb.com. Ticket orders can also be placed by calling the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 82-SPEED. Gplb.com also features the latest Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach news, downloadable ticket brochure and racetrack information, photos and ongoing announcements of special race week activities. A printed ticket brochure that includes a circuit map, ticket prices, order form and other information can be obtained by calling the hotline.
Fans can also follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB and on Twitter @ToyotaGPLB