Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 Grand Prix of Long Beach

March 20th, 2017 by

2017 Grand Prix of Long Beach

2017 Grand Prix of Long Beach Dates Times & Information

Spring is here, which means it won’t be much longer before the roar of Indy Cars fill the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Track, and we cannot wait. To help prepare you for this year’s event, we thought it would be helpful to provide you with all the information that you need to know about the dates and times of the event, along with other important things to know about such as tickets, parking, and directions.

This year, the Grand Prix of Long Beach will be taking place from Friday, April 7 to Sunday April 9, with six unique races being spread throughout the weekend. Though the IndyCar race is the one that draws the largest crowd, there will also be a drift challenge race, super truck race and a Can-Am challenge with 1000-plus horsepower vehicles that will hit the streets of Long Beach for a one-of-a-kind throwback race.

Tickets are available for all three of the days, with the final IndyCar race closing out the event on Sunday, but if you are unable to make it on Sunday, you will be sure to appreciate that there will be practices on both Friday and Saturday, as well as a qualifying race on Saturday that will allow you to see the Indy Cars in action. If racing isn’t exactly your thing, there is still plenty that you can get involved in. With concerts, a lifestyle expo, family fun zone and plenty of delicious food, there is something to love for everyone.

To help you plan your weekend, here is the schedule for all three days of the Grand Prix of Long Beach:

Friday, April 7

7:00 a.m.  Gates Open

7:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.  IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Practice

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 1

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Can-Am Challenge Practice

12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.  Stadium Super Trucks Practice

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  INDYCAR Practice 2

3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.  Can-Am Qualifying

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Pirelli World Challenge Practice

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  INDYCAR All-Driver Autograph Session (INDYCAR Paddock – Free to all spectators)

4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.  IMSA Qualifying

6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.  Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge #1 (Turns 9-10-11)

6:45 p.m.  Tecate Light Fiesta Friday Concert Starring Moderatto (Concert Stage)

Saturday, April 8

7:00 a.m.  Gates Open

8:45 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. World Challenge Practice

9:20 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  World Challenge Qualifying

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  INDYCAR Practice 3

12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.  Can-Am Challenge Race

12:30 p.m.  IMSA Pre-Race Ceremonies

1:05 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix (Round 3 of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – 100 min.)

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  INDYCAR Qualifying & Firestone Fast 6

5:05 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.  Stadium Super Trucks Race #1

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge #2 (Turns 9-10-11)

6:00 p.m. Rock-N-Roar Concert: SMG Presents Kings of Chaos Starring Billy Idol, Billy Gibbons & Chester Bennington (Concert Stage)

Sunday, April 9

7:00 a.m. Gates open

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. INDYCAR Warm-Up

9:35 a.m. World Challenge to Grid

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Pirelli World Challenge Race

12:00 p.m. – 12:10 p.m. Mothers Exotic Car Parade

12:30 p.m. INDYCAR Pre-Race Ceremonies

12:50 p.m. INDYCARS to grid

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Race #2 of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series – 85 laps)

4:05 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Stadium Super Trucks Race #2


2017 Grand Prix of Long Beach


Grand Prix of Long Beach Location, Directions & Parking

If you are not from Long Beach, you may have a more difficult time finding the track, but if you are in the downtown area, you can follow the signs that are posted. The address for the event, if you want to consult your smartphone is 300 East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. There are several parking lots and garages north of Ocean Boulevard if you do plan to drive to the event and park there. Public transit is also optional.

Any questions about the Grand Prix of Long Beach can likely be answered by visiting the website for the event, which can be found at www.gplb.com. There, you will find more information on ticket prices, as well as more information on the types of races that will be taking place and the racers that will be taking part in them. You can also find the shop on the website so that you can get any merchandise, even if you aren’t able to make it. We highly suggest that you do try to make it, however, as this is an awesome event.

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