By CBSLA Staff

LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – The famous Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach held a media day Tuesday ahead of its much-anticipated return following a two-and-a-half-year layoff.

Media day for the Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach. Sept. 14, 2021. (CBSLA)

The popular three-day event was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was then postponed from April to September in the hopes that it could have full-capacity crowds.

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It will now take place Sept. 24-26. All attendees will have to show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter. They will also have to wear masks both indoors and outdoors when not eating or drinking.

For Tuesday’s media day, the race and pace cars rolled out onto the street course featuring the likes of driving champions Colton Herta, Mario Farnbacher and Amir Bentatou.

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The 1.97-mile street race circuit runs through downtown Long Beach. The event is expected to draw 185,000 fans. It includes five races, headlined by the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on Sept. 26. It also features a Lifestyle Expo and Family Fun Zone.

The first ever Long Beach Grand Prix was held in 1975. Acura has been sponsoring the event since 2019.

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