Fast, Airborne and Sideways: What to Know About the Cars and Trucks of Long Beach Grand Prix Weekend

The Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend is best known for its feature event, Sunday's IndyCar series race. But that's just one of the series that makes up one of the most diverse weekends on the motorsports calendar.

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Drift cars, Stadium Super Trucks and sports cars add to the action at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
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This is the most familiar type of car at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Featured in Sunday's main event, the IndyCar competition features cars with a heavy dose of aerodynamic style. In this photo, Scott Dixon of New Zealand and driver of the Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda makes a turn during the IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 21, 2013.
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The field roars down Shoreline Drive during the IndyCar race.
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The International Motorsports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech Sportscar Championship event is basically several races in one featuring different classes of race cars on the track at the same time. Pictured here, an example from the 2016 Prototype field. The Prototype cars are designed from the ground up as race cars in contrast to production-based racers.
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One of the most competitive sports car classes, production-based models from BMW, Porsche, Corvette and Ferrari battle on Shoreline Drive during the 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The IMSA race scheduled for Saturday afternoon is the third race of the season after two endurance events -- the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. In contrast, Long Beach will be a flat-out sprint. Keep track of the action by watching for the illuminated numbers on the sides of the cars -- you'll be able to tell that car's position in its class.
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The Pirelli World Challenge race on Sunday morning also will feature a large field of production cars-turned-racers. Porsche, Audi, McLaren and Bentley are just some of the cars that compete in the Pirelli World Challenge series.
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Here's where things take a turn -- and a flying leap. In addition to IndyCar and sports car racing, the weekend features these Stadium Super Trucks. Ramps are set up along the Long Beach course, sending the trucks airborne in a sight like no other during the weekend.
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The Stadium Super Trucks are built for whatever off-road duty is thrown at them, but they can make themselves at home on the streets of Long Beach, too.
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The Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge is in turns 9, 10 and 11 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The objective is to put the car into a controlled power-slide and impress the judges.
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A well executed drift means the driver got as close as possible to markers set up on the turns. It's a test of car control that will be on display at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
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