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The Long Beach Grand Prix, celebrating its 35th year, is the longest-running major "street" race held on the continent. It started in 1975 as a Formula 5000 race on the streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif., and became a Formula One event the following year. From 1984 to 2008 it was a CART/Champ Car event.
The 2008 race was the last race for Champ Cars as the series merged with the Indy Racing League and is now an event on the IRL calendar.
Several series took part in the event making for plenty of action for all kinds of racecars including IndyCar, Firestone Indy Lights, and team drifting, but we’re most interested in the SPEED GT Challenge, where Vipers held their own against the other manufacturers.