What to know about the 2022 Long Beach Grand Prix – NBC Los Angeles
What there is to know
- The 2022 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is scheduled for April 8-10.
- Five different types of races will delight fans over the three days of the event.
- The headlining competition of the INDYCAR series is scheduled for Sunday.
The green flag is about to drop during a race weekend at the 2022 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Five types of racing series representing a wide range of competition, including Sunday’s headlining INDYCAR series and Saturday’s thrilling IMSA sports car race, will take place on the 11-turn urban course for the weekend. end of the Grand Prix, from April 8 to 10.
A fixture since 1975, the pandemic has put a damper on race weekends in 2020. The 2021 race took place in late September, meaning just over six months have passed since the checkered flag fell on Shoreline Drive.
Here’s what to know about this year’s racing festival.
What types of race cars will be at the 2022 Long Beach Grand Prix?
Five different types of racing series await fans at the three-day event, scheduled for April 8-10. Here’s a quick guide to what’s on the right track.
NTT INDYCAR Series
It is the long-running flagship event of the Long Beach Grand Prix. The thrilling and highly competitive series features six-time series champion Scott Dixon and previous GPLB winner and defending series champion Alex Palou. An exciting qualifying session is scheduled for Saturday before Sunday’s main event.
Colton Herta won last year’s INDYCAR series race.
These powerful and light cars will reach around 185 mph on the long descent of Shoreline Drive. Watch the video below to take a record-breaking lap around the Long Beach urban course with series star and four-time Indy 500 champion Hélio Castroneves.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
You know it’s a great race weekend when this world-class series isn’t the headliner. IMSA offers two classes of the most advanced racing cars on the market – one class for racing prototypes, another for production cars like Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Acura, Corvette and more. Qualifying is on Friday for the 100-mile street course shootout on Saturday.
The Whelen Engineering Racing team of Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr won the 2021 race.
Super Drift Challenge
Here’s a fan favorite. It’s not about how fast you move down the track, it’s about how you do it. Drivers slide in a controlled drift around the street circuit, leaving a cloud of smoke at every turn. Qualifying and the main competition take place on Friday and Saturday evenings.
SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks
They may look out of place on the streets of Long Beach, but these powerful trucks are entertaining. The SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Series features high-flying truck racing and ramp jumping on Saturday and Sunday.
Porsche Carrera Cup North America
More than two dozen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup drivers will be on track for two 45-minute races on Saturday and Sunday. Each car is identical, so it’s up to the skill of these up-and-coming drivers and their teams.
IMSA GTP Historical Challenge
Historic prototype sports cars from the 1980s and 1990s will be on track Saturday and Sunday. Specially designed racing cars from Ford, Jaguar, Mazda, Nissan, Lola and Toyota are part of the rolling museum on wheels.
What is the schedule for the Long Beach Grand Prix?
friday april 8
7:30 a.m. Spectator doors open
07:45 – 08:25 Porsche Carrera Cup (PCC) Test #1
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. IMSA Training #1
10:30 – 10:50 IMSA GTP Challenge (GTP) Historic Training #1
11:05 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. PCC Training #2
12:40 – 1:00 PM Stadium SUPER Trucks (SST) Practice #1
1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. IMSA Practice #2
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. INDYCAR Practice #1
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PCC qualifying
4:55 – 5:55 PM INDYCAR Autograph Session (INDYCAR Paddock – free for all spectators)
5:10 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. IMSA Qualifiers
6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Super Drift Training
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Competition Formula D Super Drift Challenge #1
saturday april 9
7:30 a.m. Spectator doors open
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. INDYCAR Practice #2
9:55 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. HMSA Qualifying
10:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. IMSA Series Pit Installation
10:45 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Porsche Carrera Cup Race #1
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. IMSA WeatherTech Championship Autograph Session (IMSA Paddock – free for all spectators)
12:05 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. INDYCAR & FIRESTONE FAST 6 qualifying
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Start of the IMSA pre-race
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Departure of the IMSA Sportscar Grand Prix from Long Beach (100 min)
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Stadium SUPER Trucks Race #1
5:15 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. Historic Race IMSA GTP Challenge #1
6:00 p.m. Acura and ASM Global Present Saturday Concert Featuring Royal Machines with Special Guests (Terrace Plaza in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center)
6:00 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. Super Drift Training
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Formula D Super Drift Challenge #2
sunday april 10
7:30 a.m. Spectator doors open
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. INDYCAR warm-up
10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Historic Race IMSA GTP Challenge #2
11:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Acura NSX Hot Laps
11:25 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Mothers’ Exotic Car Parade
11:45 a.m. INDYCAR pre-race
12:05 PM INDYCARS at Grille
12:29 “Drivers to your cars”
12:38 “Pilots start your engines
12:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ACURA LONG BEACH GRAND PRIX (2022 NTT IndyCar Series Race #3 – 85 laps)
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stadium SUPER Trucks Race #2
4:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Porsche Carrera Cup Race #2
How do I get tickets for the Long Beach Grand Prix?
There are several ticket options. You can buy tickets at the track or pre-order here. If you want to see the IndyCar paddock, you will also need to purchase a ticket for that.
Where is the best place to sit on the track?
Each part of the track has its own appeal. Drivers work their way through the 1.9-mile, 11-turn track where a mistake often means contact with tire barriers or the unforgiving walls that line the course.
The grand stands on Shoreline Drive offer a view of the fastest part of the track and pit lane, where races can be won and lost in moments. Other seating areas are near sharp corners where drivers fight for position. Turn 1 at the end of the main straight and the hairpin into Shoreline Drive are potential pinch points for chaos. Watch the drivers accelerate into Turn 6 before a short acceleration to the back straight. Turn 10 is another great place to watch cars on the edge of corners.
Where to park for the Long Beach Grand Prix?
So you plan to drive. Be prepared for the heavy traffic that comes and goes on race weekends. There are several reserved parking areas near the track. Click here for a map of parking options. You will get a parking pass which must be displayed. There are also several city-owned lots in the downtown area.
What is the best way to get to Long Beach?
There is a stop for the A (blue) subway line a few blocks from the entrance to the track. It’s a great option for avoiding traffic on highways and streets. Click here for information on Line A and other transit options.
Here are the options if you leave the car at home
What is the weather forecast for the Grand Prix weekend?
Isn’t it always sunny in Long Beach? Check here for forecast updates.
Are there any COVID health rules?
There are not any. The state lifted vaccine requirements for indoor mega-events, like those inside the Long Beach Convention Center, on April 1. Mask protocols have also been removed, so there are no COVID rules at this year’s event.
What items can I bring to the Long Beach Grand Prix?
Here is a list of items that fans are not allowed to bring onto the track.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Glass bottles and cans
- Stadium seats
- Bikes and skateboards
- Skates and rollerblades
- Pets (except service animals)
- Ladders and stepladders
- large umbrellas
- Garden furniture
- Coolers over 14″
- RC drones/planes
- electric scooters/electric bicycles/electric trikes