(LONG BEACH, CA) – Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to extend the municipality’s association with the IndyCar Series by approving the running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach until 2023. The current agreement was to run out after the 2018 edition of the race.
Agenda item 17-1098 included a report from Administration recommending the extension of “an Amended and Restated Agreement with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach” as an economic development initiative.
“I think this is a great opportunity for the City to have this amazing event that we all love and enjoy so much,” said Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia. “It’s great for economic development and to bring visitors into the City. To Jim and the team, thank you for working with us to come up with a new contract that I think is good for everyone.”
Despite rumours of feelers from F1, the commitment to the IndyCar race, scheduled for April 13 through 15 in the coming season, left no doubt about the direction being favoured by the city.
The agreement between the city and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach allows organizers to fulfill their agreement with IndyCar to host the annual race.
“We’re looking forward with great enthusiasm to the continuation of this extraordinary partnership between the city of Long Beach and the Grand Prix Association,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “Together we will continue to deliver the first-class, fan-friendly race event that we can all be proud of.”
IndyCar has been running in Long Beach since 1984. At the 2017 running of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Canadian James Hinchcliffe logged his first IndyCar win since returning from a life-threatening injury in Indianapolis, two years prior.