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Grand Prix of Long Beach

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For the Formula One race, see United States Grand Prix West.
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Long Beach
Location Long Beach, California, USA
Active from N/A - present
Major events IRL Izod IndyCar Series
Long Beach Grand Prix
American Le Mans Series
Grand Prix of Long Beach
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.968 mi (3.167 km)
Turns 11
Lap record 1:06.886 (Sébastien Bourdais, Newman-Haas Racing, 2006, Champ Car World Series)

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The Long Beach Grand Prix in April is the single largest event in the city of Long Beach. Attendance for the weekend regularly reaches or exceeds 200,000 people.

The Long Beach Grand Prix is the longest running major "street" race held on the North American continent. It started in 1975 as a Formula 5000 race on the streets of downtown, and became a Formula One event the following year. From 1984 to 2008 it was a CART/Champ Car event. Other popular events during the Grand Prix week include a Firestone Indy Lights race, an American Le Mans Series race, and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.

The Long Beach Grand Prix has been announced since 1978 by Bruce Flanders (and his assorted guest announcers) and is frequently a fan favorite.

Circuit

The current race circuit is a 1.968-mile (3.167 km) temporary road course carved out of the city streets surrounding the Convention Center of Long Beach, California. It is particularly noted for its last section, which sees a hairpin turn followed by a long, slightly curved front straightaway which runs the length of Shoreline Drive. The circuit is situated on the Long Beach waterfront, and is lined with palm trees (especially along the front straightaway), making for a scenic track.

Events

Although the Izod IndyCar Series race is the main event, a number of other races are also held. On April 8, 2006, the Grand-Am Daytona Prototypes took to the streets, replacing the suspended Trans-Am Series. Beginning in 2007, the American Le Mans Series replaced Grand-Am. Other races include Indy Lights (which replaced the Atlantic Championship in 2009) and the popular Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. Additionally, a week of fairs, music, and promotional activities is held.

2008 and the Long Beach/Motegi "split weekend"

During negotiations which led to the merging of the Champ Car World Series and the IRL IndyCar Series, a problem came in the form of a scheduling conflict between the Champ Car race scheduled at Long Beach and the IndyCar race held at Twin Ring Motegi the same weekend. Honda, who owns the Motegi complex and also supplies equipment to the IndyCar Series, could not change their scheduled race date of April 19. Likewise, Long Beach could not change their race weekend (with the Champ Car race scheduled for April 20), such change being a difficult task considering the civil and infrastructural preparations required for a temporary street circuit.

However, all problems were resolved when the two open wheel series agreed to merge in February 2008. Tony George (president of the Indy Racing League), with Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerald Forsythe (the former co-owners of Champ Car) planned an unprecedented "split weekend" of races at Twin Ring Motegi and Long Beach. This compromise allowed all IRL drivers to race in Japan, while ex-Champ Car drivers raced at Long Beach. Both races counted towards the 2008 IndyCar Series Championship. The Long Beach Grand Prix allowed all Champ Car drivers to race with their turbocharged Panoz-Cosworth Champ Cars that would have been used had the merger not taken place. Long Beach/Motegi was the only split weekend of the 2008 IndyCar Series.

Drifting

Beginning in 2005 the event included a demonstration by participants in the Formula D drifting series, in which participants engage in controlled slides, moving their cars sideways across the track.

Winners

Season Date Winning Driver Chassis Engine Team Report
Formula 5000
1975 September 28 Template:Country flagicon Brian Redman Lola Chevrolet Report
Formula 1
1976 March 28 Template:Country flagicon Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 312T2 Ferrari Scuderia Ferrari Report
1977 April 3 Template:Country flagicon Mario Andretti Lotus 78 Ford Cosworth Team Lotus Report
1978 April 2 Template:Country flagicon Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 312T3 Ferrari Scuderia Ferrari Report
1979 April 8 Template:Country flagicon Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 312T4B Ferrari Scuderia Ferrari Report
1980 March 30 Template:Country flagicon Nelson Piquet Brabham BT49 Ford Cosworth Brabham Report
1981 March 15 Template:Country flagicon Alan Jones Williams FW07B Ford Cosworth Williams Report
1982 April 4 Template:Country flagicon Niki Lauda McLaren MP4/1B Ford Cosworth McLaren Report
1983 March 27 Template:Country flagicon John Watson McLaren MP4/1C Ford Cosworth McLaren Report
CART/Champ Car
1984 March 31 Template:Country flagicon Mario Andretti Lola Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
1985 April 14 Template:Country flagicon Mario Andretti Lola Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
1986 April 13 Template:Country flagicon Michael Andretti March Cosworth Kraco Racing Report
1987 April 5 Template:Country flagicon Mario Andretti Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Newman/Haas Racing Report
1988 April 17 Template:Country flagicon Al Unser, Jr. March Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles Racing Report
1989 April 16 Template:Country flagicon Al Unser, Jr. Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles Racing Report
1990 April 22 Template:Country flagicon Al Unser, Jr. Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles/Kraco Racing Report
1991 April 14 Template:Country flagicon Al Unser, Jr. Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles/Kraco Racing Report
1992 April 12 Template:Country flagicon Danny Sullivan Galmer Chevrolet-Ilmor Galles/Kraco Racing Report
1993 April 18 Template:Country flagicon Paul Tracy Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor Penske Racing Report
1994 April 17 Template:Country flagicon Al Unser, Jr. Penske Ilmor Penske Racing Report
1995 April 9 Template:Country flagicon Al Unser, Jr. Penske Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor Penske Racing Report
1996 April 14 Template:Country flagicon Jimmy Vasser Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Report
1997 April 13 Template:Country flagicon Alex Zanardi Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Report
1998 April 5 Template:Country flagicon Alex Zanardi Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Report
1999 April 18 Template:Country flagicon Juan Pablo Montoya Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Report
2000 April 16 Template:Country flagicon Paul Tracy Reynard Honda Team Green Report
2001 April 8 Template:Country flagicon Hélio Castroneves Reynard Honda Penske Racing Report
2002 April 14 Template:Country flagicon Michael Andretti Reynard Honda Team Green Report
2003 April 13 Template:Country flagicon Paul Tracy Lola Ford-Cosworth Forsythe Racing Report
2004 April 18 Template:Country flagicon Paul Tracy Lola Ford-Cosworth Forsythe Racing Report
2005 April 10 Template:Country flagicon Sébastien Bourdais Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
2006 April 9 Template:Country flagicon Sébastien Bourdais Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
2007 April 15 Template:Country flagicon Sébastien Bourdais Panoz Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
2008 April 20 Template:Country flagicon Will Power Panoz Cosworth KV Racing Report
IRL IndyCar Series
2009 April 19 Template:Country flagicon Dario Franchitti Dallara Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Report
2010 April 18 Template:Country flagicon Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara Honda Andretti Autosport Report

Atlantics/Indy Lights

Season Date Driver
Atlantic Championship history
1989 West April 16 Template:Country flagicon Hiro Matsushita
1990 West April 21 Template:Country flagicon Mark Dismore
1991 April 14 Template:Country flagicon Jimmy Vasser
1992 April 10 Template:Country flagicon Mark Dismore
1993 April 17 Template:Country flagicon Claude Bourbonnais
1994 April 17 Template:Country flagicon Richie Hearn
1995 April 17 Template:Country flagicon David Empringham
1996 April 13 Template:Country flagicon Case Montgomery
1997 April 12 Template:Country flagicon Alex Tagliani
1998 April 4 Template:Country flagicon Memo Gidley
1999 April 17 Template:Country flagicon Alex Tagliani
2000 April 15 Template:Country flagicon Buddy Rice
2001 April 8 Template:Country flagicon David Rutledge
2002 April 14 Template:Country flagicon Michael Valiante
2003 April 13 Template:Country flagicon A. J. Allmendinger
2004 April 18 Template:Country flagicon Ryan Dalziel
2005 April 10 Template:Country flagicon Katherine Legge
2006 April 9 Template:Country flagicon Andreas Wirth
2007 April 15 Template:Country flagicon Raphael Matos
2008 April 20 Template:Country flagicon Simona de Silvestro
Season Date Driver
Indy Lights history
1989 April 16 Template:Country flagicon Tommy Byrne
1990 April 22 Template:Country flagicon Paul Tracy
1991 April 14 Template:Country flagicon Eric Bachelart
1992 April 12 Template:Country flagicon Franck Freon
1993 April 18 Template:Country flagicon Steve Robertson
1994 April 17 Template:Country flagicon Steve Robertson
1995 April 9 Template:Country flagicon Greg Moore
1996 April 14 Template:Country flagicon David Empringham
1997 April 13 Template:Country flagicon Hélio Castroneves
1998 April 5 Template:Country flagicon Cristiano da Matta
1999 April 18 Template:Country flagicon Philipp Peter
2000 April 16 Template:Country flagicon Scott Dixon
2001 April 8 Template:Country flagicon Townsend Bell
2002-2008: No races held
2009 April 19 Template:Country flagicon J. R. Hildebrand
2010 April 18 Template:Country flagicon James Hinchcliffe

American Le Mans Series / Grand-Am / IMSA

IMSA GT Championship
Year GTO GTU Report
1990 Template:Country flagicon Dorsey Schroeder
Mercury Cougar
Template:Country flagicon John Finger
Mazda MX-6
report
1991 Template:Country flagicon Steve Millen
Nissan 300ZX
Template:Country flagicon John Fergus
Dodge Daytona
report
Rolex Sports Car Series
Year DP Report
2006 Template:Country flagicon Scott Pruett
Template:Country flagicon Luis Díaz
Riley Mk XX-Lexus
report
American Le Mans Series
Year LMP1 LMP2 GT1 GT2 Report
2007 Template:Country flagicon Rinaldo Capello
Template:Country flagicon Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI
Template:Country flagicon Romain Dumas
Template:Country flagicon Timo Bernhard
Porsche RS Spyder
Template:Country flagicon Oliver Gavin
Template:Country flagicon Olivier Beretta
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R
Template:Country flagicon Mika Salo
Template:Country flagicon Jaime Melo
Ferrari F430GT
report
2008 Template:Country flagicon Marco Werner
Template:Country flagicon Lucas Luhr
Audi R10 TDI
Template:Country flagicon Scott Sharp
Template:Country flagicon David Brabham
Acura ARX-01b
Template:Country flagicon Johnny O'Connell
Template:Country flagicon Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R
Template:Country flagicon Dominik Farnbacher
Template:Country flagicon Dirk Müller
Ferrari F430GT
report
2009 Template:Country flagicon Gil de Ferran
Template:Country flagicon Simon Pagenaud
Acura ARX-02a
Template:Country flagicon Adrián Fernández
Template:Country flagicon Luis Díaz
Acura ARX-01b
Template:Country flagicon Oliver Gavin
Template:Country flagicon Olivier Beretta
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R
Template:Country flagicon Patrick Long
Template:Country flagicon Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR
report
Year LMP LMPC GT GTC Report
2010 Template:Country flagicon David Brabham
Template:Country flagicon Simon Pagenaud
HPD ARX-01c
Template:Country flagicon Elton Julian
Template:Country flagicon Gunnar Jeannette
Oreca FLM09/Chevrolet
Template:Country flagicon Patrick Long
Template:Country flagicon Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR
Template:Country flagicon Juan González
Template:Country flagicon Butch Leitzinger
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
report
  • Overall winners in bold
2005 Long Beach Grand Prix, showing turn 10 and the Long Beach skyline.

Television history

CART Champ Car & IRL IndyCar races

Season Date US TV channel Lap-by-lap Driver Analyst(s) Pit Reporters
1984 March 31 NBC Paul Page Johnny Rutherford Gary Gerould & Bruce Jenner
1985 April 14 NBC Paul Page Bobby Unser Gary Gerould & Bruce Jenner
1986 April 13 NBC Paul Page Unknown Gary Gerould & Bruce Jenner
1987 April 5 NBC Paul Page Jackie Stewart Gary Gerould & Bruce Jenner
1988 April 17 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1989 April 16 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1990 April 22 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1991 April 14 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1992 April 12 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1993 April 18 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1994 April 17 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1995 April 9 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser & Sam Posey Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1996 April 14 ABC Paul Page Danny Sullivan Jack Arute & Gary Gerould
1997 April 13 ABC Bob Varsha Danny Sullivan Gary Gerould & Jon Beekhuis
1998 April 5 ESPN Bob Varsha Danny Sullivan Gary Gerould & Jon Beekhuis
1999 April 18 ABC Paul Page Parker Johnstone Gary Gerould & Jon Beekhuis
2000 April 16 ESPN Paul Page Parker Johnstone Gary Gerould & Jon Beekhuis
2001 April 8 ABC Paul Page Parker Johnstone Gary Gerould & Jon Beekhuis
2002 April 14 Fox Bob Varsha Tommy Kendall Unknown
2003 April 13 Speed Bob Varsha Tommy Kendall Unknown
2004 April 18 Spike TV Bob Jenkins Tommy Kendall Derek Daly, Jon Beekhuis, & Chris McClure
2005 April 10 NBC Rick Benjamin Derek Daly Bill Stephens, Jon Beekhuis, Cameron Steele, & Michelle Biesner
2006 April 9 NBC Rick Benjamin Derek Daly Bill Stephens, Jon Beekhuis, Cameron Steele, & Michelle Biesner
2007 April 15 NBC Bill Weber Jon Beekhuis & Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Marty Snider & Dave Burns
2008 April 20 ESPN2 Marty Reid Scott Goodyear Jack Arute, Jamie Little, Vince Welch, & Brienne Pedigo
2009 April 19 Versus Bob Jenkins Jon Beekhuis & Robbie Buhl Jack Arute, Robbie Floyd, & Lindy Thackston
2010 April 18 Versus Bob Jenkins Jon Beekhuis & Robbie Buhl Jack Arute, Robbie Floyd, & Lindy Thackston

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