The track for the annual Long Beach Grand Prix is now being built.

Construction continues Tuesday in downtown as crews make preparations for the annual Grand Prix of Long Beach, which was canceled last year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

🏁 Why it matters:

The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was one of the first sporting events upended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike previous years, this year's race was moved to September and will potentially decide the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

  • According to SportsCar 365, the almost 2-mile, 11-circuit track, along with 14 massive grandstands and 2,400 concrete blocks will take 53 days to complete.

  • Dwight Tanaka, Grand Prix Director of Operations, and the LIUNA and Grand Prix Operations said it would take staff about 33,000 hours to build the safety system, which includes 14 million-plus pounds of concrete blocks, four miles of fencing, and 17,000 tires.

  • The Grand Prix of Long Beach traditionally occurs in April, was rescheduled to Sept 24-26 and will now serve as the season finale.

🏎 Drivers, start your engines: The Long Beach Grand Prix is North America's longest-running major street race. It began as a Formula 5000 race in 1975 and was upgraded to a Formula One race in 1976.

  • Andretti Autosport racer Alexander Rossi won the Grand Prix in 2018 and 2019.

  • In 2020 Willy T. Ribbs and Oriol Servia were inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame.

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