Race Queens Get On The Grid And Podium During April IndyCar Race
The search for the next Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is underway, and all models and promotional girls in Southern California should take note.
The Miss Grand Prix is holding open auditions on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. It’s at the Grand Prix offices at 3000 Pacific Ave., in Long Beach (exit Pacific off the 405 South and the building is on the left after approximately a mile).
What exactly is Miss Long Beach Grand Prix, what does she do and what is involved in it?
Miss Grand Prix is a superstar, a celebrity, for the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the largest multi-day event in Southern California. The Grand Prix, which is contested on the city streets of downtown Long Beach, takes place April 19-21. This is the 39th annual event and it features the Toyota Pro-Celebrity race and the Izod IndyCar series.
Miss Grand Prix gets on the grid for both of those events and is also on the podium for the “champagne spray” at the end of the IndyCar race. That’s the “money shot” and the photos are seen all over the world.
This is no ordinary modeling assignment, for it involves three days of on-track activities, appearances and sponsor parties. The girls wear grid suits and get up close to the stars and drivers of the weekend. In other words, you can’t buy this ticket.
The open auditions are to chose the girls who will then be invited to take part in the actual competition. These preliminary rounds take place in Southern California bars in front of a panel of judges and involve a swimwear and After-5 judging. From these events, 16-20 girls then go go the finals, which take place the night before the race as part of the Thursday Thunder on Pine block party.