The Long Beach Street Circuit is a temporary street circuit in Long Beach, California. The first race held was a Formula 5000 event in 1975, as a shakedown for a Formula One event, starting the following spring. There were a total of eight F1 races held before rising costs caused the management to switch to Indianapolis-style cars in 1984. The Indycars have been a fixture ever since. In 2015, the circuit also joined the Formula E series.
In 1973, when the City of Long Beach was planning a billion-dollar redevelopment for the downtown core, British expatriate and travel agent Christopher Pook had an idea. He felt that Long Beach would never come out of the shadow of nearby Los Angeles without a unique and world-famous event, and what could be a better event than a Formula One race that emulated the Monaco Grand Prix. He eventually met former driver and constructor Dan Gurney, who lived in the area, and loved the idea. The two of them nursed the project through many financial and bureaucratic hurdles.
Circuit Layouts Edit
The circuit has always been a clockwise loop around the Long Beach sports arena and convention hall, the latter acting as the paddock. The original circuit used the section of Ocean Avenue, between Pine and Linden, for the grid start/finish line. Ocean is a divided 6-lane street, so the track used the westbound (north) side, and the pits were on the eastbound (south) side. A 90-degree right onto Linden took the cars sharply downhill a block to the 90 left on Seaside Way and the flat area of the circuit. A gentler right-hand bend took the cars through the parking lot of the arena and through a longer, sweeping left onto Shoreline Drive. Shoreline is another divided 6-lane road, with the course following it northeast, almost back to Ocean.
After a 180 degree right hairpin, the cars headed down the back straight, which was a bit of a misnomer, as a series of gentle bends turns the track more than 100 degrees to the right along it's 3/4 mile long length. At the intersection of Shoreline and Pacific, another 180 right sent the cars back to Pine, where the cars turned north. A quick right/left jog had the cars in another parking lot until reaching Seaside again, where a left/right jog puts the cars on the sharp uphill back to Ocean. A sweeping right past pit in and the cars are down the front straight again.
The following is a list of Formula One World Championship events held at the Long Beach circuit:
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