The racing on the streets of Long Beach might have been a bit on the bland side, but a couple of events leading up to what became a processional showed the reason why the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is looked forward to by all participants involved.
The 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was more than a collection of racing events – as seems customary, it was a “happening” of the highest order.
For 39 years, Grand Prix Association of Long Beach president and CEO Jim Michaelian had a partner that he could depend on to sponsor the Grand Prix. When Toyota moved its headquarters to Plano, Texas, the writing was on the wall as first, the company removed its popular Pro/Celebrity race and then its overall sponsorship.
Will Power commanded the second Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis with the win after leading 65 of the 82 lap race.
Jean-Pierre was the winner of the 1972 Monaco Grand Prix and proved his staying power with an impressive 84 world championship starts