Apr 8, 2012
Where else can you watch Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody compete on the same racing circuit as IZOD IndyCar Series drivers?
The answer of course is the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which will be held for the 38th year on April 13-15. Brody and several other actors and musicians will contest the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race against the likes of professional drivers including Firestone Indy Lights competitor Bryan Clauson.
That event is part of the on-track action that features the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights races. Last year, Mike Conway won the IZOD IndyCar Series race.
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There’s much more, including a concert by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, a Family Fun Zone in the Long Beach Convention Center, autograph sessions with IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights drivers and the popular Tecate Thunder on Pine free to the public (6:30-9:30 p.m. on Pine Ave.) April 12 that features IZOD IndyCar Series pit stop demonstrations, freestyle motocross, live music, a car show, driver autograph sessions and the finals of the 2012 Tecate Light Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach pageant on the outdoor stage.
New this year are the Go-Kart Charity Race-off and "Roar at Belmont Shore" on April 11. Both are free to the public.
The Go-Kart Charity Race-off (2-9 p.m.at Alamitos Bay Landing, 109 N. Marina Drive) will feature Grand Prix drivers -- including IZOD IndyCar drivers Graham Rahal and Ed Carpenter - and pit crews going wheel-to-wheel to set fast lap time for charity, plus live music and driver autograph sessions. In addition, fans attending the event will be able to test their skills in those same go-karts.
The event will benefit the Graham Rahal Foundation, Alex's Lemonade Stand and the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.
The "Roar at Belmont Shore," held in association with the Belmont Shore Business Association, takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. on Second Street, between Corona and Covina, in Belmont Shore. The event includes live music, racing simulators, car displays, driver autograph sessions and Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach tickets and race gear giveaways.
Check out the event’s official website HERE for more weekend information and to purchase tickets.
Indianapolis 500 winner Parnelli Jones, who competed eight times in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, will be the grand marshal for the April 15 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.Also on race day, recording artist Taylor Dayne will sing the national anthem.