There's a lot going on at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and it can be confusing. You can get the overview of what's going on in my Long Beach Grand Prix Guide, but here are a few more tips from Grand Prix insiders to help you get the most out of your race experience.
Free Long Beach Grand Prix Tickets
Free general admission tickets for Friday's qualifying races are available through a variety of sponsors.
Check with Toyota dealers near you and other sponsors to see if they have free tickets. A test drive may be required. There are occasionally also advance discount tickets available through Goldstar.
If you're going general admission on Sunday, there is no seating, just standing room. Sunday is the only day you really need a reserved seat if you want to sit down. There is a raised platform for handicapped guests in wheelchairs and scooters with general admission tickets, with one helper seat per wheelchair or scooter.
Best General Admission Seats
Grandstand 7 at turn 6 has the best views of all the general admission seating areas. You can see more different spots on the track from here so you see more of the race. Grandstands 5 and 6 are good too, but you don't have the cars in view all the way up Pine Avenue the way you do from 7. Check the Grand Prix Circuit Map.
Sunday Only Seating is Not Only for Sunday
Grandstands marked Sunday Only are reserved for General Admission ticket holders who have Sunday Only tickets – on Sunday.
On Friday and Saturday, any General Admission ticket holder can sit there whether you have a Friday or Saturday Only ticket or a 3-day ticket.
If you're a photo buff who's more concerned with getting great track shots than having a place to sit, the 3-day Super Photo Ticket for $290 gets you access to 4 exclusive shooting zones with clear track views – marked with a green star on the Grand Prix Circuit Map - as well as IndyCar paddock access and limited pit access.
What you might not have is a seat. These are NOT the same areas where the media photographers will be set up. Check the website for Super Photo Ticket Restrictions.
If money is no object, the $925 3-day Pit Lane Club gets you a reserved seat in an elevated canopy above the Pit Lane with closed circuit TV monitors, full open bar and continental breakfast all three days, snacks Friday, fine dining Saturday and Sunday, a souvenir package and one parking pass for every two tickets. You also get Bosch Champ Car Garage access and limited Pit access at posted times. There is a limit 8 per group.
Sometimes it's hard to tell from the descriptions and even from the Circuit Map, what the view will look like from any given seating area. To help you figure out where you want to sit, I wandered around and took photos from different grandstands, from the Super Photo stands and from trackside bars and restaurants. They wouldn't let me into the suites, but I'll show you what they look like in the Long Beach Grand Prix Seating Gallery
For more Grand Prix Resources, visit my Long Beach Grand Prix Guide or go straight to the Grand Prix Schedule.
This information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check with venues for the most current information.