LONG BEACH (CBS) — Nearly 65,000 people are expected to attend the 36th annual Pro/Celebrity Race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Gates opened about 7 a.m. on Saturday for Day 2 of the three-day race. The event began with drivers making practice runs around the 2-mile track.
Organizers say they are expecting a weekend total of 170,000 attendees, CBS2’s Mike Dinow reported. The Long Beach Grand Prix has been held for 38 years.
Dinow spoke with Denise Abbot of Toyota Grand Prix who said attendees, “can expected a lot of action. A lot of fun.”
“The celebrity pro race will be starting at 11:40 a.m. You get to see Adrien Brody and Eddie Cibrian. You’re gonna be able to go into the Lifestyle Expo where you can go into the IndyCar Fan Village and drive some simulators,” Abbot said.
Brody Jenner, LeAnnRimes(aka Mrs. Cibrian) and comedian and radio/TV personality Adam Carolla were among the stars who attended Day 1 of the race.
(UPDATE Saturday evening: Carolla won the race finishing .676 of a second faster than “CSI: NY” star Hill Harper.)
The featured event — the IndyCar race — is scheduled for Sunday.