There’s no shame, we all do it. We all pretend we’re racing lap 500 every time we take Shoreline Drive this time of year with all of the prep for the Toyota Grand Prix happening. Luck for you, Beach Streets is back with the fifth annual Grand Prix View to walk, bike, roller skate, or even push a stroller on the same track where the world’s best Indy Car drivers will rocket by at over 180 mph the following week. It all goes down Tuesday, March 28 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. …totally worth taking a long lunch for.
“The Grand Prix View is a great opportunity to exercise, socialize with friends and coworkers, and experience the twists and turns of the race track that will be used by some of the best race car drivers in the world,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
Unlike the drivers of the Toyota Grand Prix, participants of the Grand Prix View can travel the track at their own pace, checking out all the sights of one of the most famous street courses in the world. The Grand Prix View will cover 1.5 miles of the course, and travel in the same direction as the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which starts the following week and draws a crowd of nearly 170,000 spectators.
“Downtown Long Beach is the most exciting place to be when the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach comes to town,” said Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. “The Grand Prix View is a wonderful way to check out the race track up close and personal.”
Track access points will be at Hart Place and Seaside Way, just south of Ocean Boulevard. Free event parking is available at the Terrace Theatre Parking Structure. But no racecars, minivans, or Prius’ allowed on this day – no motorized vehicles are allowed.
For more information, including a map showing parking and entrance points, visit www.beachstreets.com