Hear those race cars roaring? If you live anywhere in the 562 area, then you will—for three days straight. It's time again for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and all weekend long, thousands of racing fans flock to Shoreline Village and the Convention Center, spilling out across Long Beach, clogging up intersections and local bars—as far as we're concerned, this marks the official start of summer. There's the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge, celebrity races, the IZOD IndyCar Series, the American Le Mans Series Race, family activities, a live concert from Bret Michaels, and enough cheap beer to float the Queen Mary. So come watch cars zip around the track at break-neck speeds, get that first sunburn of the year, and revel in the sweet smell of burning rubber.
April 19-21, 2013