PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

3/18/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:03182019
Subject:
Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power to be Inducted into Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame
Contact:
Kevin Lee
562.570.6811
Kevin.Lee@longbeach.gov
Public Affairs Officer
City Manager's Office
Chris Esslinger
562.490.4514
cesslinger@gpalb.com
Director of Communications
Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

For Immediate Release 

Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power to be Inducted into Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame 

Two multiple Grand Prix of Long Beach winners—Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power— will be inducted on Thursday, April 11, at 11 a.m., into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame, a City of Long Beach and Grand Prix Association of Long Beach joint project.

The public is invited to attend the 14th annual Walk of Fame induction ceremony, which will be held on South Pine Avenue in front of the Convention Center as part of the festivities surrounding the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Admission to the ceremony is free.

"Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power have truly earned their place on the Motorsports Walk of Fame," said Mayor Robert Garcia, who will be presenting medallions to the honorees. "It is a privilege to welcome them back to Long Beach and honor them for all of their outstanding achievements in the racing world."

Both drivers have had tremendous success on the streets of Long Beach.

Sebastien Bourdais won three consecutive races (2005-07) and has earned two additional podium finishes and two pole positions. In his career to date, he has logged 37 race victories and had a string of four consecutive Champ Car championships (2004-2007).

Will Power is a two-time Long Beach winner (2008, 2012) and has also scored three pole positions and five additional podium finishes, including second place last year behind race winner Alexander Rossi. The defending Indianapolis 500 champion, he has 35 career wins to date and was the 2014 IndyCar Series champion.

The upcoming Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will mark each driver’s 13th appearance in the 45th annual race.

“This is the first time we’ve inducted active Indy Car drivers into the Walk of Fame,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “But I can’t think of two more deserving drivers. They have performed at a high level here for many years and we look forward to even more success in the future.”

The Walk of Fame medallions include renditions of the racers' Long Beach-winning cars, as well as their major achievements in motorsports. For more information, the public can visit http://lbmotorsportswof.com/.

The induction ceremony kicks off the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend, which brings more than 180,000 people to Downtown Long Beach. For more information, those interested can visit gplb.com, call (888) 827-7333, or follow the race on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @GPLongBeach, Instagram @GPLongBeach and YouTube @GPLongBeach. 

About tfe City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach

The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach owns and operates the annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach IndyCar race, which attracts more than 180,000 attendees over its three-day weekend. The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach also owns GPALB Special Events, offering high-quality structures, bleacher rentals, event operation management and design. For more information, visit gplb.com.