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.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.