Construction begins on Acura Grand Prix race track in downtown Long Beach


LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) – After a year off, the Acura Grand Prix takes place this fall on the streets of downtown Long Beach.

“The track never gets bigger, but I would say the big stands certainly do,” said Andrew Myorga of the International Union of Workers of North America.

For eight weeks, some downtown streets will be transformed into an 11-turn racing circuit.

“Remember this will be our 46th iteration of this race. We’ve been doing this since 1975 and I can tell you that the landscape this event takes place has changed dramatically during this time,” said Jim Michaelian, who is the President and CEO of the Long Beach Grand Prix Association.

Last year, the race was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It normally takes place in April, but this year it will take place from September 24-26.

“Obviously, we’re going to be aware of what’s going on with regard to the pandemic. We’re going to be working with the Long Beach Department of Health and other health officials to make sure we have a safe environment. here, ”added Michaelian.

The race draws people from all over and officials say they expect more than 180,000 people in September.

A big event needs a lot of manpower, which is why up to 15 workers are outside, sometimes seven days a week, building the race track and the grandstands.

“It can take 10 to 12 hours a day due to the limited time we have to build the track. It really fluctuates in our lineup because we really only have eight weeks to do it,” Myorga explained.

You can expect to see a hundred drivers in the heart of downtown Long Beach this fall.

All ticket and race details are available on the Grand Prix website,

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