Grand Prix tickets for 2010 on sale
by John Canalis
LONG BEACH - Though minds may be on the marathon, tickets to another big event, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, go on sale today.
The recession may benefit race fans. Grand Prix tickets are unchanged for the second consecutive year.
Prices for the April 16-18 event range from $25 for a Friday general admission ticket to $125 for a three-day ticket that includes Saturday and Sunday reserved seating in grandstand upper levels. The 36th annual installment of the main race is April 18, a Sunday.
"We have again held the line on ticket prices and, despite the economic downturn, our ticket renewals for 2010 have been very strong," said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach.
Dario Franchitti, who won Long Beach in 2009, is slated to return to the 1.97-mile circuit through downtown Long Beach. Drivers Danica Patrick, Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves are also expected to return.
Film star Keanu Reeves, who won the celebrity race last year, plans to compete in the 2010 event as well. The other competing celebrities have not been announced.
In addition to the celebrity and main races, events from six racing series, including Drifting, Le Mans Series and Indy Light, will take place.
There will also be Friday and Saturday night concerts, a lifestyle expo, a green power event and a kids zone.
Events will take place around the Shoreline Drive circuit, in the Long Beach
Convention Center, along Pine Avenue and in other locations.
Prepaid parking packages are available, along with handicapped seating and other amenities.
Credit-card orders for race-related events will be accepted at 888-82-SPEED and www.gplb.com.