What to Know About the 2022 Long Beach Grand Prix – Los Angeles

The 2022 Acura Grand Prix at Long Beach is set to end with the green flag.

Five racing series will compete on the street course, which features 11 turns.

The 2020 race was stopped by the pandemic in 2020, which has been a fixture of the event since 1975. The 2021 race took place in late September. That means just over six months had passed since the checkered flag was placed on Shoreline Drive.  

Here are some facts about this year’s Festival of Racing.

What type of race car will compete at the 2022 Grand Prix of Long Beach

The three-day event will feature five different racing series. It is scheduled for April 8-10. Here’s a quick guide to what’s on track.

NTT INDYCAR Series

This is the Grand Prix of Long Beach’s longest-running headline event. The series is highly competitive and features Scott Dixon (six-time series winner), and Alex Palou (defending series champion). A thrilling qualifying session is scheduled for Saturday before Sunday’s main event.

Colton Herta wins The INDYCAR Series race last year.  

The powerful, lightweight cars can reach speeds of around 185 mph down Shoreline Drive. Watch the video below to take a record-setting lap around the Long Beach street course with series star and four-time Indy 500 champ Hélio Castroneves.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

You know it’s a big race weekend when this world-class series isn’t the headliner. IMSA features two classes of the most advanced race cars around — one class for prototype racer, another for production-based cars like Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Acura, Corvette and more. Qualifying will take place on Friday, for Saturday’s 100-mile street-course shootout. 

Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani are the Whelen Engineering Racing Team of Felipe Nasr In the 2021 race, won.

LONG BEACH (CA) – September 24: A prototype car in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series is following a production-based Mercedes-Benz. It will be followed by a prototype driver on Friday, September 24, 2021. (Photo by Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press Telegram via Getty Images

Super Drift Challenge

Here’s a fan favorite. It’s not about how fast you get around the track, but how you do it. The drivers slide around the street circuit in a controlled drift, leaving behind a trail of smoke at each corner. Friday and Saturday night are the Qualifying and Main Competition nights. 

Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge qualifying is pictured.


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Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge qualifiers at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach CA. Friday, April 15, 2016, (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press Telegram via Getty Images

SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks

Although they may seem oddly placed on Long Beach’s streets, these powerful trucks are quite entertaining. SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks features high-flying trucks racing, ramp jumping, and other activities on Saturday and Sunday.

Stadium Super Trucks


John Bosma/Toyota Grand Prix Long Beach

Stadium Super Trucks take off at the Grand Prix of Long Beach

Porsche Carrera Cup North America

On Saturday and Sunday, more than 20 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup drivers will be racing on the track in two 45-minute races. Every car is identical, so it’s down to the skill of these up-and-coming drivers and their teams. 

Historic IMSA GTP Challenge

Saturday and Sunday will feature historic prototype sports cars from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Part of the rolling museum is a collection of purpose-built racecars by Ford, Jaguar Mazda, Nissan Lola and Toyota. 

What is the Grand Prix of Long Beach schedule and what are its details?

Friday, April 8,

7:30 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
7:45 a.m. – 8:25 AM Porsche Carrera Cup (PCC) Practice #1
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 AM IMSA Practice #1
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 AM Historic IMSA GTP Challenge (GTP) Practice #1
11:05 a.m. – 11:35 AM PCC Practice #2
12:40 p.m. – 1:00 PM Stadium SUPER Trucks (SST) Practice #1
1:15 p.m. – 3:00 PM IMSA Practice #2
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 PM INDYCAR Practice #1
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 PM PCC Qualifying
4:55 p.m. – 5:55 PM INDYCAR Autograph Session (INDYCAR Paddock – free to all spectators)
5:10 p.m. – 5:55 PM IMSA Qualifying
6:30 p.m. – 6:50 PM Super Drift Practice
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 PM Formula D Super Drift Challenge Competition #1

Saturday, April 9

7:30 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 AM INDYCAR Practice #2
9:55 a.m. – 10:15 AM HMSA Qualifying
10:20 a.m. – 10:35 AM IMSA Series Pit Set Up
10:45 a.m. – 11:25 AM Porsche Carrera Cup Race #1
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 AM IMSA WeatherTech Championship Autograph Session (IMSA Paddock – free to all spectators)
12:05 p.m. – 1:20 PM INDYCAR Qualifying & FIRESTONE FAST 6
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 PM Commence IMSA Pre-Race
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 PM Start of IMSA Sportscar Grand Prix of Long Beach (100 min)
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 PM Stadium SUPER Trucks Race #1
5:15 p.m. – 5:35 PM Historic IMSA GTP Challenge Race #1
6:00 p.m. Acura & ASM Global Present Saturday Music Starring Royal Machines w/special Guests (Terrace Plaza, in front of Long Beach Performing Arts Center).
6:00 p.m. – 6:20 PM Super Drift Practice
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 PM Formula D Super Drift Challenge Competition #2

Sunday, April 10, 2010

7:30 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 AM INDYCAR Warm Up
10:45 a.m. – 11:05 AM Historic IMSA GTP Challenge Race #2
11:10 a.m. – 11:20 AM Acura NSX Hot Laps
11:25 a.m. – 11:40 AM Mothers Exotic Car Parade
11:45 AM INDYCAR PRE-RACE
12:05 p.m.
12:29 p.m. “Drivers To Your Cars”
12:38 p.m. “Drivers Start Your Engines
12:45 p.m. – 3:00 PM ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH (Race #3 of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series – 85 Laps)
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 PM Stadium SUPER Trucks Race #2
4:20 p.m. – 5:00 PM Porsche Carrera Cup Race #2

How do I obtain tickets for the Grand Prix of Long Beach

There are many ticket options. Tickets can be purchased at the track, or online. You can pre-order now. If you’d like to see the IndyCar paddock, you’ll need to buy a ticket for that, too. 

What to Know About the 2022 Long Beach Grand Prix – Los Angeles

This map shows Grand Prix of Long Beach circuit. Click to expand

Which is the best spot to be at the track’s edge?

Each section of the track is unique. The track is 1.9 miles long and 11 turns. Drivers must navigate the track carefully as they may make mistakes that could result in contact with the tire barriers or unforgiving walls. 

Shoreline Drive’s grand stands provide a view of the fastest part of the track and pit lane, where races can be won and lost in moments. Some seating areas are located near tight corners, where drivers compete for position. There are two potential points of contention: Turn 1, at the end, and the hairpin that leads onto Shoreline Drive. You can see drivers speeding through Turn 6 before taking a quick turn down the back straight. Another great spot to observe cars at the limit is Turn 10. 

Parking for the Grand Prix of Long Beach:

You’re going to drive. You should be prepared for heavy traffic on race weekend. Near the track are many reserved parking spaces. Click here for a map of parking options. A parking pass will be issued to you. In the downtown area, there are several city-owned spaces.

Which is the best way to reach Long Beach?

There’s a Metro A (Blue) Line stop just a few blocks from the track entrance. It’s a great option to avoid traffic on freeways and streets. Click here for A Line information and other public transit options. 

These are some options for those who leave the car at home.

What’s the weather outlook for grand prix weekend?

Long Beach isn’t always sunny? Get the latest forecast information here.

Is there a COVID health rule?

There is none. The state has lifted vaccine requirements indoor mega-events such as those held at the Long Beach Convention Center on April 1. Mask protocols also have been scrapped, so there are not COVID rules at this year’s event. 

What items are allowed to be brought to the Grand Prix of Long Beach

Here’s a list that fans cannot bring to the track:

  • Beverages containing alcohol
  • Glass bottles and cans
  • Stadium seats
  • Skateboards and bikes
  • Rollerblades and skateboarding
  • Fireworks
  • Pets (except service dogs)
  • Step stools and ladders
  • Large umbrellas
  • Lawn furniture
  • Banners/signs
  • Ice chests larger than 14″
  • Drones/RC aircraft
  • Powered scooters/eBikes/eTrikes

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