CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach names Grand Marshal

Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill Will Serve as Grand Marshal for 30th Anniversary Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 9, 2004) - City of Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill will help get the Champ Cars under way as Grand ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach names Grand Marshal

Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill Will Serve as Grand Marshal for 30th Anniversary Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 9, 2004) - City of Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill will help get the Champ Cars under way as Grand Marshal, saying the most famous words in racing - "Gentlemen, start your engines!" - at the 30th Anniversary Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 18.

The popular Mayor O'Neill, who won a third consecutive Mayoral term in 2002 as a write-in candidate, is presently chair of the US Conference of Mayors Advisory Board and will assume the presidency of the USCM in June 2005. She has had a strong presence at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the past ten years as Mayor.

She has led the city to a nationally recognized urban renaissance that began after the devastating economic losses of the early 1990s caused by aerospace downsizing and closure of several Navy facilities. Mayor O'Neill has been a strong proponent of education, economic development and jobs during her terms in office and served as president of the League of California Cities in 2002.

"We are absolutely delighted to have Mayor O'Neill as the Grand Marshal for our race," said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. "She has been unparalleled in her support of this city and our event and it is most fitting that we honor her in this manner. And the fact that we are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year makes this even more appropriate."

"The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has always been one of the highlights of our year. I am thrilled to be asked to be the Grand Marshal this year," the Mayor said.

Tickets for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, taking place April 16-18, can be ordered via credit card by using the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 82-SPEED. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.longbeachgp.com, at the ticket office at 430 East First Street in Long Beach, between Elm and Linden Streets in downtown Long Beach or at Ticketmaster locations throughout Southern California, including all Robinsons-May, Tower Records and Wherehouse stores.

Ticket prices for the three-day event range from $30 for a Friday/Saturday-only general admission ticket to $110 for a three-day ticket, which includes Saturday and Sunday reserved seating on upper levels of the grandstands. Limited pre-paid parking packages are available and can be purchased when ordering tickets.

Handicapped seating, Bosch Champ Car Garage passes, hospitality club packages and super photo tickets are also available for purchase.

For up-to-date ticket information, descriptions of the various club ticket packages, or for announcements of special Grand Prix event activities, visit the official Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Web site at www.longbeachgp.com.

-TGPLB-

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