Long Beach future? It’s up for an extension meeting – again – Tuesday night

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So, before this year’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the City of Long Beach confirmed a proposal with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach – the group run and operated by GPALB President/CEO Jim Michaelian – for three further years to host the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2015 through to 2018.

Come Tuesday night, there’s a chance to extend that contract length in a Long Beach City Council meeting. And that’s rather important.

Here’s the Facebook post spelling it out, and asking for fans’ support. And the tweet from the event is below:

As it stands now, the race could be opened for bidding after the 2018 race, and given the overtones made by Chris Pook and the group trying to get Formula One back to the streets of Long Beach, it’s something they’re keen on.

Judging by the crowd numbers – reported by the Long Beach Press-Telegram at nearly 180,000 fans for the race weekend – the fans want it to stay as an IndyCar weekend. So do the Andretti Autosport drivers.

We’re not sure yet if the City Council will have a decision reached tomorrow night, but this will be interesting to watch.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool