Start your engines! On April 11-13, Long Beach will host the 2014 Indy car series Grand Prix. The 40th edition of the Long Beach Grand Prix will offer spectacular racing events over the weekend, including racing, family fun, and live concerts.
Those in attendance will be able to experience the Indy Car Series from Honda and Chevrolet driven cars by famous Indy car drivers Marc Andretti, the son of the legendary Mario Andretti, and Helio Casttroneves.
Racing fans will also witness The Celebrity Race, a ten-lap charity race featuring Hollywood movie and television stars. Celebrities such as American Sprinter and Olympian Carmelita Jeter, actor Adrien Brody and model actress Tricia Helfer will take to the track for the charity race to benefit the Miller Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Along with this will be the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
The experience at the Long Beach Grand Prix also features various showcase. The Lifestyle Expo will have more than 150 displays showcasing products for entertainment, automotive, recreation and travel. The Green Power Prix – View will display cutting edge technology such as hybrid, electric and biodiesel cars. Another showcase is the “Mothers Exotic Car Paddock” , where cars from companies such as Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Lotus will be displaying the newest in high-tech exotic cars.
Not only will you experience everything from cars and racing, but later in the evening, you will be able to enjoy some live performances. The Tecate Light’s Fiesta Friday concert will have performances by the latin-based band called “Kinky” from Monterrey, Mexico. The Saturday performance will have Bad Company’s Paul Rogers, famously known for selling multi-platinum albums with hits like “Shooting Star” and “Can’t Get Enough” through the band.
In addition, the The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will offer an array of great food. Fans will we able to choose their meals from Food Trucks that will offer gourmet food, McManis Wine Bars created by the McManis Vineyards and Club Patron, who will be serving the Tequila drinks over the weekend.
If you’re looking to have some additional family fun, then you won’t want to miss the Family Fun Zone. This is a section where you can experience all sorts of things like racing simulators, rock climbing walls, video games, action sports and go-kart racing.