The Acura Grand Prix of Long Brach which was scheduled to take place from April 16 to 18 2021, has been moved to the end of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series schedule from September 24-26 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. AcuraGrand Prix of Long Beach Association President and CEO Jim Michaelian commented saying:
We are very grateful to all of our fans, sponsors and exhibitors for their extraordinary loyalty and support over the past year. “We want all of our attendees to fully experience all of the joy and excitement of the event in a safe and welcoming environment and we believe that this move to a fall date will afford us that opportunity. We want to thank all those who were of assistance in facilitating this rescheduling and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the streets of Long Beach in September.”
Penske Entertainment Corporation President and CEO Mark Miles commented saying:
“It is important to have Long Beach rescheduled to continue the history and tradition for one of the series’ hallmark events in one of the nation’s premier media markets. “Further, it’s a tremendous opportunity to wrap up the season with three-straight iconic venues for what we believe will be our most exciting season yet. As we did during the 2020 season, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and maintain flexibility across our schedule. We are committed to an action-packed and exhilarating 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES.”
The IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship have also confirmed that their event, the West Coast Swing will take place on September 25 2021, President of IMSA John Doonan commented saying:
“The West Coast audience is extremely valuable to all of our stakeholders, and this necessary shift provides the best opportunity to serve our many IMSA race fans in California. “Likewise, it is important to our WeatherTech Championship teams to have both California races back-to-back on the schedule. We’re grateful to our partners at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and all involved for their flexibility.”
Thanks to everyone at IMSA for their help in making this transition of the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach to the fall,” . “We want to conduct the event when we have the best opportunity to provide our guests with all of the attractive features of the Grand Prix in a safe and inviting environment. That will certainly include the Saturday IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with three classes battling it out in a 100-minute shootout.