Miss Long Beach GP!
Details and Photos Of The Beautiful Race Team
The newly-crowned Miss Grand Prix girls on stage after winning.
About the only thing cooler than being a driver at the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is being Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Just like the drivers, Miss Grand Prix is on the podium, she's on the grid and, on occasion, even in race (or at least pace) cars. It's as behind-the-scenes as anyone can get at this huge annual event.
The Miss Grand Prix girls get on – and above – the track for three fun days.
The climax for the Miss GP girls is the champagne bath in Victory Circle.
Photo: Jack Fleming
Some of the 2013 Finalists with 2012 winner Stephani Constanza.
Miss Grand Prix 2010 Jessica Hamel on the grid for the IndyCar race.
This is an annual competition open to girls in the Southern California area who have a finely-tuned body and a turbocharged personality.
The 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is April 19-21 and the Tecate Light Miss Grand Prix, first runner-up and second runner-up are chosen during a Thursday block party in downtown Long Beach as part of the "Thursday Thunder on Pine," which takes place on Thursday, April 18.
2013 Pageant Winners
The 2013 Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach girls are:
1.) Lorin Hartwell of North Hollywood
2.) Emily Esparza of Hollywood
3.) Maggie Lane, Venice (she's a trained opera singer, by the way)
The girls won in front of a thousand fans on Pine Ave., on Thursday night, then celebrated at a Long Beach club. Their first day on the track involved interviews, a pace car ride, waving the starter's flag to start the IndyCar practice, meeting drivers, touring the pits and paddock and topping if off with a sponsor party.
Before the girls get to the race track, they must qualify for the finals. And four preliminary pageants, free open to the pubic to attend, are being held in Hermosa Beach and Long Beach. The dates and venues are (all times 9-10:30 p.m.):
• Thursday, March 14 – American Junkie, Hermosa Beach (4 finalists chosen)
• Thursday, March 28 – Legend's, Belmont Shore Long Beach (5 finalists chosen)
• Thursday, April 4 – Mai Tai Bar, Long Beach Pike (contestants competing for the final five spots)
To enter this contest visit its Facebook Fan Page.
Girls who want to enter, contact Loriann Valencia at: email@example.com
Miss Grand Prix 2012
The 2012 Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is Stephani Costanza, 24, of Burbank. She was crowned before a a large and enthusiastic crowd in a lively finals contest. The other girls who made up the 2012 court are Adriana Davalos, 23, of Studio City and Kristina Morrison, 26, of Fullerton.
The Miss Grand Prix girls get to go all over the track.
Miss Grand Prix Anastassia with celebrity Keanu Reeves.
Ashley Labady and Sofia Alvarez with Helio Castroneves and Ryan Brisco.
Thursday Thunder on Pine involves extreme sports demonstrations and even IndyCar pit stop competitions. The event is free and open to the public. The event runs from 6-11 p.m. The Miss Grand Prix finals take place at 9 p.m.
Girls compete in After-5 and swimwear and also go through an interview process.
Preliminary contests take place in Long Beach and Hermosa Beach bars.
The finals take place before thousands on Pine Ave.
Just hours after being crowned Miss GP, Alyssa Meeks goes on KABC TV-7.
The Miss Grand Prix girls have it made on the weekend. For instance, sometimes, the first duty as Miss Grand Prix is to appear live on KABC TV'-7's Morning News with Garth Kemp of KABC TV-7 to help him do the weather from the track.
All the girls get VIP treatment all weekend, including getting a pace car ride and being on the podium for the end of the Indy Car race.