2010 Grand Prix race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach returns Friday April 15th through Sunday April 17th. This is a street race that draws over 170,000 fans to experience the Toyota Pro Celebrity on Saturday, The Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series on Saturday afternoon, The Firestone Indy Lights on Sunday along with team drifting and the Pirelli World Championship all wrapped around the magic of the IZOD Indycar Series on Sunday afternoon. The Indycar race is the third this year and when it arrives in Long Beach it will be the biggest race of the year next to the INDY 500. What makes this year’s race so special is that the field is very strong with champion Dario Franchitti, Ryan Hunter-Reay last year’s winner, Paul Tracy, Tony Kanaan, Will Power, Helio Castroneves and F1 driver and past champion Sabastien Bourdais. Take all these drivers and mix in a new restart rule that binds all cars closer together in a side by side restart making the thrill of turn one race start every time. The streets of Long Beach makes for a special race track because frankly it is a street track with little or no room for error. The best drivers in the world, the best street race in America and possibly better than racing the streets of Monaco because of greater track visibility. For auto fans there are a couple of things offered on the west coast that you must do. Every August is Auto week in Monterey and every April is the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. There is something in Long Beach for everyone from the energized track fans and car culturists to the person who just enjoys a robust and well-planed event. In fact Action Zip Lines of Big Bear has set up an indoor zip line at the lifestyle expo rounding out some of the off track weekend action.

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