Long Beach set for IndyCar deal extension
9 August 2017 – The Long Beach City Council has voted to renew its agreement with the Grand Prix Association to continue hosting IndyCar events in the future.
The current contract was due to expire at the end of 2018, with the city council having hired an independent consultant to analyse the best option for the future, in which Formula 1 was evaluated.
The Long Beach Grand Prix, founded in 1975, was a Formula 1 sanctioned event from 1976 to 1983, before CART/Champ Car (1984-2007) and IndyCar (2008-present) took over.
In a vote on Tuesday evening, the City Council "unanimously" authorised a new long-term agreement to continue holding IndyCar events and its support series.
"We want to thank the City staff for the meticulous way in which they evaluated the various options that were submitted," said Jim Michaelian, President and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach.
Next year's Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place from April 13-15.