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Long Beach future? It’s up for an extension meeting – again – Tuesday night

Apr 21, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

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So, before this year’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the City of Long Beach confirmed a proposal with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach – the group run and operated by GPALB President/CEO Jim Michaelian – for three further years to host the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2015 through to 2018.

Come Tuesday night, there’s a chance to extend that contract length in a Long Beach City Council meeting. And that’s rather important.

Here’s the Facebook post spelling it out, and asking for fans’ support. And the tweet from the event is below:

As it stands now, the race could be opened for bidding after the 2018 race, and given the overtones made by Chris Pook and the group trying to get Formula One back to the streets of Long Beach, it’s something they’re keen on.

Judging by the crowd numbers – reported by the Long Beach Press-Telegram at nearly 180,000 fans for the race weekend – the fans want it to stay as an IndyCar weekend. So do the Andretti Autosport drivers.

We’re not sure yet if the City Council will have a decision reached tomorrow night, but this will be interesting to watch.

  1. Jeff - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    Replace the Long Beach GP with an oval race and I’d be happy.

    • testover6370 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      I want more ovals, but not at the expense of Long Beach. That’s one street circuit that deserves to stay on the schedule. The rest of the street circuits? Yeah I wouldn’t mind seeing them go (though Detroit is oddly growing on me) but Long Beach is an institution and a great event.

      • indycarseries500 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Agree…except swap Detroit with St. Pete

      • crunge4461 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Toronto is a pretty amazing street race….seems like Toronto is always a great race….that race has a lot of U.S. racing history too

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