Long Beach Grand Prix Guide 2017

Track and race activities of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

USA, IndyCar racing car on track (blurred motion)
••• Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Rick Graves / Getty Images

Every year a couple hundred thousand race fans descend on Long Beach, California for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The three days of racing around the streets of Downtown Long Beach include the IndyCar Series, the Super Drift Challenge, the World Challenge, so there is constant action on this street course for all three days. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is back with two classes of the most advanced, exotic sports cars on the planet.

The SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks Race is also back again this year.

New this year is the retro Can-Am Challenge Race which will showcase vintage race cars from the golden age of Can-Am Racing (1966-74). Cars from makers like McLaren, Lola, Shadow and more were driven by the likes of Jim Hall, Mark Donohue, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney and Phil Hill!

There's also the Thunder Thursday kick-off party in Downtown Long Beach which has a new location this year, and the traditional pre-race Roar at the Shore street party in Belmont Shore on Wednesday. 

In addition to what takes place on the track, there are driver autograph sessions, demonstrations, vendors, a Family Fun Zone and the Long Beach Grand Prix Lifestyle Expo all three days inside the Long Beach Sports Arena.

Friday is warm-up day, which makes it a great bargain. You still get to experience all the different cars on the track.

The first Super Trucks Race, the Can-Am Challenge and the Drift Challenge finals are on Saturday. The World Challenge, part 2 of the Super Trucks Race and the official Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach IndyCar Race all take place on Sunday. 

I've put together the most important information to help plan your trip to the Long Beach Grand Prix, including race details and general information about visiting Long Beach.

Basic Info:

April 6-9, 2017, see schedule for exact hours.
Where: Pine Avenue, Shoreline Drive and Seaside Way in Long Beach, at the end of the 710 freeway. Circuit Map
Cost: 1-day general admission $32-$87, 3-day from $95 adult, see the Official Website for more prices and information. Check Goldstar.com for discount tickets.
Super Photo Ticket: $290 includes 3-day access to photo stands, paddocks and limited pit access 

Grand Prix Resources:

Long Beach Grand Prix Schedule
Grand Prix Insider - Insider tips on the best deals and best seats
The Grand Prix Seating Gallery - to take the guesswork out of it, I took photos to show you what the track view from different seating areas look like from grandstands to Pit Suites to restaurants.
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Home Page

Grand Prix Photo Galleries

Long Beach Grand Prix Race Photos - Pictures of fast cars.
Long Beach Grand Prix Fun Photos - Lifestyle Expo, car paddocks, drivers, pre-show, etc.

Long Beach Resources:

Things to Do in Long Beach
Long Beach Downtown Hotels
Long Beach Downtown Dining
Long Beach Downtown Nightlife
Long Beach Shopping
Queen Mary Visitors Guide