Verizon IndyCar Series Daily News Brief – The April 3rd Edition

Three more years in the LBC

In 1975, Chris Pook, a young travel agent turned race promoter hosted an F5000 race in hopes of turning around the fortunes of downtrodden downtown Long Beach.  One F5000 race,  eight Formula 1 races, and 30 IndyCar style races later the iconic event will be celebrating it’s 40th anniversary when the Verizon IndyCar Series hits shoreline drive on April 11, 2014.

Long Beach’s current contract is with IndyCar friendly promoters Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerry Forsythe and runs through the 2015 event.  Recent reports had the Long Beach City council considering putting the race out for bid, and original promoter Pook, along with Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone have expressed interest in bringing Formula 1 back to Long Beach.

However, good news (if you are an IndyCar fan) first surfaced last night when the Long Beach Press Telegram ran a story stating that the Toyota Grand of Long Beach has received a 3 year extension with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach.  This was later confirmed when the Grand Prix Assoication of Long Beach issued a press release  explaining that they and been informed of the extension and that final approval of the amendment will go before the City Council in open session in the next few weeks.

We think this is a wise decision by the City Council,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association. “It affords the Grand Prix the opportunity to continue to conduct the #1 street race in America while allowing the City to explore another alternative. In the end we are confident that the City will conclude that the partnership it has had with the Grand Prix Association is the most beneficial from every perspective and we will continue to conduct the event in Long Beach for many more years to come.”

Deals, deals, deals at The Mile:

If you are looking at attending the ABC Supply Company Milwaukee, and you really should, two recently announced ticket deals might be of tempting to you.

Seats in the Honda H-BLOCK are only $29.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids and they include:

  • 100-level grandstand seats
  • exclusive Honda gear
  • a chance to win more prizes

The House of Harley / Milwaukee INDYFEST Ride To The Mile is an organized motorcycle ride (leaving House of Harley at 10:45am) to the race.  The $99.00 cost includes:

  • general admission and paddock passes
  • a food voucher for a brat, beer and water
  • exclusive infield parking to display your bike
  • commemorative lanyard
  • kickstand puck
  • a $10 donation to Racing For Kids

You can get your discounted tickets here –> Purchase your Honda H-BLOCK and House of Harley / Milwaukee INDYFEST Ride To The Mile Tickets


WISH for OUR HEROES, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and Indiana National Guard are teaming up to help send veterans and active duty soldiers to any of the races at IMS.  There are four ways to help out:

  1. Text to donate: By texting the word ‘America’ to 20222, a $10 donation will automatically be deducted from the sender’s telephone bill.
  2. Contribute funds: Contribute $5 or more toward the purchase of a 2014 IMS event ticket for an active-duty service member or veteran.
  3. Purchase tickets: Purchase a 2014 IMS event ticket for an active-duty service member or veteran.
  4. Donate tickets: Donate extra or unused 2014 IMS event tickets to an active-duty service member or veteran.

If you are interested in donating, please go to the WISH for OUR HEROES website.  

Best summer job… EVER!

Are you a high school or college student looking for a part-time or summer job?  Do you know a student looking for a part-time or summer job in the Indianapolis area?  Have you ever wanted to work at 16th & Georgetown?  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is currently hiring part-time and race-season employees.  Positions include:

  • Ticket Customer Service Representative
  • Group/Ticket Sales Representative
  •  Professional Mascot
  • Warehouse Associate
  • Official Trackside Gift Shop Set Up / Sales Associate
  • Retail Team Member
  • Museum Host/Hostess:
  • Tour Bus Driver:

More info is available here –> Indianapolis Motor Speedway Available Seasonal Jobs

#IndyCar tweet of the day:

Excited IndyCar drivers can be infectious:

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Kids that are IndyCar fans warm this old man’s heart…


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