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DRIFTING Returns to LBGP in 2007

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  • DRIFTING Returns to LBGP in 2007


    Tickets for the 33rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach officially go on sale Friday, Oct. 6.

    That sets the stage for April 13-15, 2007, three days of non-stop GO at the ocean's edge that will be filled with free concerts, Lifestyle Expo, the Tecate Miss Grand Prix beauty pageant, autograph sessions and - always - the best racing in California!

    Feature billing for Grand Prix weekend goes to the cars and stars of the Champ Car World Series, including: Sebastien Bourdais, twice a winner at Long Beach and two-time series champion; A. J. Allmendinger, who is chasing Bourdais right down to the wire for the 2006 crown; Paul Tracy, four-time winner on the famed seaside racing circuit; Bruno Junqueira, Justin Wilson, Katherine Legge and the rest of the Champ Car hot shoes.

    A pack of 20-plus television, film and sports celebrities will again be going fender-to-fender in the 31st Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, a 10-lap race for charity that is always a fan favorite.

    The enormously popular "Drifting" competition will be back again, with drivers smoking their tires and sliding on-the-edge through corners to wow the more than 175,000 fans who annually make the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach their "Official Spring Brake."

    And, they'll enjoy the Long Beach debut of the American Le Mans Series, featuring close racing from a wide variety of sports car makes and engines. More racing series will be announced shortly.

    "Along with the usual enjoyable things to do and see in the great city of Long Beach, we've expanded our menu of activities to make the weekend exciting for all race attendees," said Jim Michaelian, CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. "With the addition of the American Le Mans Series - plus more surprises we'll be announcing soon - it underscores our continuing goal of giving our fans the best motorsports experience possible."
    Every race ticket holder can enjoy admittance to these free happenings - among others! - on race weekend:

    The Lifestyle Expo, with a special Kid's Fun Zone and the latest high-tech products and services, race cars, games and simulators and extreme sports demonstrations;

    Tecate's annual "Fiesta Friday Concert" which features the hottest Latin bands such as past performers "Conjunto Primavera" and "El Tri;"

    Saturday night "Rock-N-Roar" Concert, which in the past has starred such hot groups as "Third Eye Blind," "Everclear," "Pennywise" and "Goo Goo Dolls;"

    The Tecate Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach pageant, immediately following the Rock-N-Roar Concert;

    Driver autograph sessions.

    In addition, fans can test their race driver potential on a public go-kart track that, for a small fee, offers instruction and hot laps.

    The 1.97-mile, 11-turn race circuit on the downtown streets of Long Beach winds around and past the Aquarium of the Pacific, Pike at Rainbow Harbor and the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Sixteen grandstands lining the circuit include reserved seating, limited general admission seating and various club and entertainment package locations.
    Ticket prices for the 33rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach range from $20 for Friday general admission up to $120 for a three-day ticket that includes Saturday and Sunday reserved seats in upper levels of the grandstands. Pre-paid parking packages are also available when ordering through the Grand Prix Ticket Office.

    Credit card orders will be accepted starting Friday, Oct. 6 by calling the toll-free ticket hotline at (888) 82-SPEED or visiting the official Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Web site at

    A colorful ticket brochure - which includes circuit map, grandstand and parking locations, ticket prices and order form - can also be obtained by calling the ticket hotline. Handicapped seating, Bosch Champ Car Garage passes, super photo tickets and a variety of hospitality club packages are also available.