LONG BEACH (CNS) – Qualifying for the Acura Grand Prix IndyCar race will take place from Long Beach on Saturday, along with the conclusion of the drift competition and a concert by hard rock supergroup Kings of Chaos.
The IMSA SportsCar, Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup and Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks races will also take place on Saturday.
Mexican Pato O’Ward set the fastest practice time among IndyCar drivers on Friday, completing a lap of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn road course around the Long Beach Convention Center in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet in one minute and 6, 6999 seconds, 106.219 km/h.
Qualifying will be shown on the Peacock streaming service from 12:05 p.m
The Historic F1 Challenge race, featuring Formula One cars from the 1970s and 1980s, including many that raced at Long Beach when it was part of the Formula One circuit from 1976 to 1983, will run from 11:20am to 11:00am :40 am The Historic F1 Challenge race takes place on Sunday from 10:45 am to 11:05 am.
The 100-minute Long Beach IMSA SportsCar Grand Prix will be held from 2pm to 4pm, featuring what is reputedly “the world’s most advanced, exotic sports car”.
A Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks race begins at 4:30 p.m. The 600-horsepower V-8 engine truck series was founded by former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Robby Gordon, who also drives in the series, and will start from pole.
Gordon’s 15-year-old son Max will start third in the field of 12 drivers. The younger Gordon has been racing since he was 8 years old. He was second in the Driver Series points standings in 2022, three places ahead of his father.
The race will be streamed on the series’ Facebook and YouTube pages.
A second truck race will take place on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
From 5:15 p.m. to 5:55 p.m., a Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup race will take place, with drivers driving identically prepared, street-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. A second race of the Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup takes place on Sunday from 4:20 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The final round of the two-round Formula Drift Super Drift Challenge takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. American Matt Field was the winner of Friday’s first round after qualifying 27th.
In drifting, drivers intentionally maneuver their cars into controlled sideways slides at high speed through a marked course, with a panel of judges determining the winner based on execution and style.
The Kings of Chaos concert takes place in the plaza in front of the Long Beach Convention Center’s Terrace Theater at 6:30 p.m. and is free for Saturday race ticket holders. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
The band’s proposed line-up consists of vocalists Corey Taylor, Lzzy Hale, Rome and Corey Glover, guitarists Gilby Clarke, Billy Duffy, Vernon Reid, Brent Woods, bass guitarist James LoMenzo and drummer Matt Sorum.
The 48th edition of the Grand Prix ends on Sunday. NBC coverage of the IndyCar race is scheduled to begin at noon, with the 85-lap race scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m