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A Viewer's Guide / Grand Prix of Long Beach

Race Facts

April 01, 1998

WHAT: The 24th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is round three of the 1998 19-race CART FedEx Championship Series international tour.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday.

WHERE: The downtown streets of Long Beach surrounding the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Start/finish line is located on Shoreline Drive.

THE CIRCUIT: 1.59 miles, eight turns, 20 grandstands, nine Diamond Vision big screen boards.

TELEVISION: ESPN, Sunday, 1 p.m.

RADIO: XTRA 690

COMMUNITY EVENTS:

Today--Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball, at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Tracy Des Combes at (562) 490-4509.

Thursday--Digital Thunder Prixview, at the Long Beach Convention Center from 5-8 p.m. For more information, contact Martin Bannon at (562) 490-4510.

Friday--SMG-Grand Prix Monte Carlo Night at the Sheraton Hotel Long Beach at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Tracy Des Combes at (562) 490-4509.

TICKETS: Tickets are on sale at the Grand Prix ticket office located at 430 E. First Street (near the corner of First Street and Linden Avenue) and at all California TicketMaster locations, including Tower Records/Video, Blockbuster Music, Robinson-May stores and Ritmo Latino. For ticket information and credit card orders, please call (562) 436-9953. California residents can call toll-free at (800) 752-9524.

Schedule

FRIDAY

6 a.m.: Facility opens

7 a.m.--4:30 p.m.: Technical inspection

8--8:30 a.m.: Atlantic practice

8:45--9:25 a.m.: Indy Lights practice

9:35--10:10 a.m.: Pro/celebrity practice

10:30 a.m.--noon: CART practice

12:15--12:45 p.m.: PPG pace cars

1--1:30 p.m.: Indy Lights qualifying

1:45--2:15 p.m.: Pro/celebrity qualifying

2:30--3 p.m.: CART qualifying--Group 1

3:15--3:45 p.m.: CART qualifying--Group 2

4--4:30 p.m.: PPG pace cars

4:45--5:15 p.m.: Atlantic qualifying

5:30--6 p.m.: Trans-Am practice

SATURDAY

6 a.m.: Facility opens

7 a.m.--4:30 p.m.: Technical inspection

8--8:40 a.m.: Indy Lights practice

9--10:15 a.m.: CART practice

10:30--11 a.m.: PPG pace cars

11:15--11:45 a.m.: Indy Lights qualifying

Noon--12:30 p.m.: Atlantic qualifying

12:45--1:15 p.m.: CART qualifying--Group 1

1:30--2 p.m.: CART qualifying--Group 2

2:15--3 p.m.: Toyota pro/celebrity race

3:15--3:45 p.m.: PPG pace cars

4--5 p.m.: Kool/Toyota Atlantic race

4:15 p.m.: CART drivers autograph session

5:15--6 p.m.: Trans-Am qualifying

SUNDAY

6 a.m.: Facility opens

8--8:15 a.m.: Trans-Am warmup

8:30--8:45 a.m.: Indy Lights warmup

9--9:30 a.m.: CART warmup

9:45--10:15 a.m.: PPG pace cars

10:30 a.m.: PPG--Dayton Indy Lights race

11:45 a.m.--12:15 p.m.: PPG pace cars

12:15 p.m.: Grid CART cars

1--3 p.m. :Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

3:45--4:45 p.m.: NTB Trans-Am race

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