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For the first time ever, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is opening up its track to the public on Thursday, April 18, from 2 to 4 pm. The community is invited to walk, bike, roller skate or even push a stroller along the course where the world's best Indy Car drivers scream over 180 mph. No motorized vehicles or animals are allowed.
"This free 'Grand Prix-View' is a wonderful opportunity for the public to get in some fun exercise while enjoying the perspective seen by only a few of the world’s most elite drivers," Mayor Bob Foster said.
For the first time since the race began here in 1975, the community is allowed to join the drivers as they themselves get a more intimate understanding of the course. People can travel at their own pace while experiencing up close the tire tracks, sights and all 11 turns of one of the most famous street courses in the world.
"On Thursday, it's the people’s track," said Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, who represents the 2nd District. “This 'Grand Prix-View’ event is yet another great experience for residents and workers, and helps us showcase our exciting and beautiful Downtown.”
The two entrance points for the public to access the track are at:
- Pine Avenue and Seaside Way
- Seaside Way and Linden Avenue.
The event will promote a healthy, active lifestyle, and will travel in the same direction as the 2-mile race. Parking is available at The Pike Parking Structure, 65 S. Cedar Ave.
For more information, call 562.570.3150.
( Grand Prix Route Map )
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