Since 1975, racecars have been speeding around the fast but narrow streets of downtown Long Beach, California. Starting as a Formula 5000 event, the Grand Prix has hosted Formula One, IndyCar, Stadium Super Trucks, Trans Am, American Le Mans Series, IMSA, World Challenge, Formula Drift, Formula E, and countless celebrities, famous teams, and legendary drivers. It’s also North America’s longest continuously-running major street race.
Be sure to join us for the 45th running of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend, April 12-14, 2019. Since we’re a primary sponsor of this legendary event, you’ll be seeing plenty of us around the circuit. So if you’re looking for things to do, be sure to stop by our booth in the Lifestyle Expo, where we’ll be handing out some free swag to our fans!
And you’ve definitely got to check out our outdoor kart track located on the top floor of the parking garage in the Welcome Plaza. We always get the itch to race when watching the pros out on circuit, and with our on-site track you won’t have to go far to scratch that racing itch. This outdoor track’s only around these three days of the year and is the perfect way for racers 4’10” or taller to experience the same adrenaline rush the pros are experiencing right near you! And with a race purchase, you’ll receive a free souvenir headsock to take home.
Plus, we’ll have an exclusive VIP Lounge at the outdoor track JUST for current K1 Speed members! Simply show your K1 Speed membership card, and you’ll get access. We’re going to have a live DJ, complimentary RedBull and waters, and K1 Speed swag!*
Don’t be a stranger during the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach – come visit and say hello! We love meeting with all of our fans and we can’t wait to bring a little K1 to your weekend.
Grand Prix of Long Beach Facts:
K1 Speed became an official sponsor and the Official Go-Kart Track Operator of the Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2017.
Al Unser, Jr. is the most winning driver at the GPLB (six wins).
Team Penske and Newman/Haas are tied with most wins as a team at the LBGP with six wins each.
The most winning drivers during the Pro/Celebrity race, that was held for 40 years, was Dan Gurney as a pro with four wins, and Alfonso Ribeiro as a celebrity with four wins.
The Formula One record for the lowest ever starting position for a race winner goes to John Watson during the 1983 event, who started from 23rd position.
Toyota had sponsored the Grand Prix of Long Beach since its inception, and had been a title sponsor since 1980, which is believed to be the longest continuously-running sports sponsorship in the United States. This is the first year that Toyota will not be the title sponsor, with Acura picking the title sponsor baton up.
Every Grand Prix of Long Beach since 1978 has been announced by the same announcer, Bruce Flanders.
The first event drew 30,000 fans. Today, the event pulls in more than 200,000 fans from all over the world.
A multitude of drivers can claim the GP of Long Beach as their first IndyCar win, including: Michael Andretti, Paul Tracy, Juan Pablo Montoya, Mike Conway and Takuma Sato.
Michael Andretti scored both his first IndyCar win (1986) and last IndyCar win (2002) at Long Beach.
In 2005, Katherine Legge won the Atlantic Championship support race at Long Beach, becoming the first female driver to win a feeder series open-wheel race in North America.
*Complimentary beverages and swag while supplies last.