Grand Prix to Host Round of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2013) – Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials today announced that the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 11-13, 2014, will host the third round of the newly entitled TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
The series, which announced its full 2014 schedule today, is the result of a merger between the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) - a Saturday afternoon racing mainstay at the Grand Prix from 2007-13 and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, which raced here in 2006.
The new series joins a racing lineup that includes the IndyCar Series, Indy Lights, Pirelli World Challenge and Super Drift Challenge, with more racing events to be announced shortly.
The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will be a highlight of Saturday's racing activities, and the Long Beach event will feature the series' P Class and GTLM-Class cars.
The P (Prototype) Class includes the ALMS P2, Delta Wing and Rolex Series Daytona Prototypes, while the GTLM Class features all ALMS GT- specification cars. Both classes will include a new-and-improved Leader Light system and color-coded car number panels, allowing fans to easily distinguish between classes and identify class leaders.
"We're extremely pleased to offer our fans what is now, without a doubt, the very best sports car racing in the nation," said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. "And having the two classes, representing the best of the Prototype and GT cars, will make it very easy for our fans to follow."
The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship has also inked a five-year, multi-media contract with FOX Sports for complete television coverage of its races on road and street circuits throughout North America, beginning with the Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 25-26.
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach’s festival of family entertainment will also include free Friday Tecate Light and Saturday night concerts and the Lifestyle Expo with a Family Fun Zone that includes racing simulators, kids’ racing cars, computer games and action sports. Also in the Expo will be the ever-growing Green Power Prix-View, featuring the latest in environmentally conscious products for the car and home. Add to that multiple driver autograph sessions, the popular Food Truck Experience, Sunday’s Mothers Exotic Car Paddock, and it’s a weekend packed full of activity.
Tickets, which range in price from $28 for Friday general admission to $135 for a three-day ticket that includes admission and a reserved seat in grandstand upper rows, will go on sale Oct. 21.
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