Shortly after 9AM on an overcast Thursday morning in Long Beach, an email arrived. After 44 years, Toyota Motor North America has withdrawn its title sponsorship of the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
On Sunday morning before the 85-lap INDYCAR race, a number of celebrities had the chance to ride with Andretti around the Long Beach 1.968-mile, 11-corner street circuit. The final ride went to an older gent named Terry “Piggy” Malone.
Street-course races tend to be a snore or a bore, it seems, but the 44th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach had little of that.
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This year signals the end of the line for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Long Beach Grand Prix.
The new Chevrolet Corvette C7.R race teams entered the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (formerly the American LeMans Series) with the hopes of continuing the legacy of domination.