IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach to move to Denver

GATEWAY, Colorado (CNN) — The United States will host the 2020 IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach race, it was announced Friday. It is one of several races scheduled for the Toyota Grand Prix…

IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach to move to Denver

GATEWAY, Colorado (CNN) — The United States will host the 2020 IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach race, it was announced Friday.

It is one of several races scheduled for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach from April 27-29, according to a news release.

“I can’t think of a better host for our 25th running of the race than the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach,” said Chuck Klausner, IndyCar President of Competition. “This race is beloved by the community, its officials, event organizers and most importantly by the drivers and their families who take pride in racing on one of the West Coast’s most beautiful venues.”

New developments

“IndyCar and the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach reached a preliminary agreement to become a unified partnership,” according to a news release from the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The announcement came less than a month after officials denied IndyCar’s request to make improvements to the course.

There has been enough uncertainty for the race, though, with new CEO Mark Miles saying in February that the event would play host to just the one race through the 2020 season. The contract between IndyCar and Long Beach expires after the 2021 event.

“The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has an outstanding team,” said John Mollenkopf, president and CEO of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. “We have delivered some of the most successful and exciting races in the sport and we look forward to working closely with IndyCar to successfully continue that tradition.”

Last year, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was the 11th most attended major racing event in the United States. Overall, 38,099 fans watched the race.

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