The Long Beach circuit is a track located in Long Beach, California and has been a race venue for fast and exciting car racing events for over 40 years. It has become a staple in the racing community and is home to numerous world-class racing series.
Nearest track of a similar category is Las Vegas (377 kilometers away).
The Long Beach Grand Prix circuit was the first street course ever to be raced on by the IndyCar Series.
The original Long Beach Grand Prix course was originally 2.02 miles long, but was eventually shortened to its current 1.97 mile length in 1977.
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is the longest-running major street race in North America, having run every year since 1975.
NASCAR has also raced on the Long Beach street circuit between 1984 and 1988.
The circuit has undergone two major redesigns over the years, the first in 1977 and the second in 2001.
The 2001 redesign is credited with helping to create the current “spectacular and exciting” Long Beach circuit, which was then further improved upon later with the addition of a dual-track configuration.
Long Beach is the most expensive Grand Prix to run, with an annual budget of more than $15 million.
There are twelve turns on the Long Beach circuit, including a chicane that was added in 1997 to slow Formula One cars down for safety reasons.
The track is made up of a mixture of concrete, asphalt and rubberized concrete.
The Long Beach race has become a popular venue for celebrity and star racing drivers, including Mario Andretti, who won the 1977 Long Beach Grand Prix.