The 2023 Acura Grand Prix in Long Beach – scheduled for April 14-16 – will be the NTT IndyCar Series themed, as always. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Super Drift Challenge, Robby Gordon’s SPEED/UTV Stadium Super Trucks and the Porsche Carrera Cup North America will once again precede the IndyCar main event.
And now, the historic F1 Challenge will see Formula 1 return as well.
While Formula 1 hasn’t run at Long Beach in decades, it remains the largest type of racing internationally. Like IndyCar, Formula 1 features single-seater, open-wheel vehicles. But Formula 1 – which features race cars from Mercedes and Ferrari, among other manufacturers – allows more flexibility in car designs and hosts competitions across five continents. IndyCar racing takes place in North America.
The Grand Prix originally emerged as the F1 Challenge in 1976. It ran for eight years and saw a star-studded list of winners – including Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piqué, Clay Rigazzoni and Gilles Villeneuve.
The historic challenge, as its name suggests, will feature cars from a bygone era.
Andretti’s John Player Lotus – who won the challenge in 1977 – is expected to be in the field, according to a Grand Prix press release. Other popular F1 cars are also expected to participate, including Andrea de Cesaris’ 1982 Alfa Romeo and Keke Rosberg’s Williams FW08.
“It would be great to see these amazing machines again on the streets of Long Beach,” Jim Michaelian, President and CEO of the Long Beach Grand Prix Association, said in the announcement. “For those of you who were here during those early years, it’s going to be very nostalgic and for those of you who haven’t, you’ll get a taste of what Formula One was like at the time.”
The statement said the event would be sanctioned by the Historic Motorsports Association.
The F1 Challenge will include two 20-minute races, running on Saturday and Sunday 15-16 April.
Grand Prix ticket prices vary. Enthusiasts can expect a cost of $38 for a general admission ticket on Friday. Three-day tickets cost $175. Prepaid parking packages and other hospitality packages will also be available for purchase starting November 28.
Fans who attended the Acura Grand Prix at Long Beach in 2022 can renew ticket orders for next year starting Monday, October 24.
More information about the Grand Prix is available at gplb.com.