Long Beach, Calif. (April 11, 2019) The 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is this weekend in the heart of downtown Long Beach. Valencia, CA native, Colton Herta will race in front of his home crowd in the #88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda-powered Indy car. The red and white colors of popular Mexican fast food company King Taco, long-time sponsors of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, will be proudly shown as the #88 charges along the 1.968-mile temporary street course.
“As a kid, I’ve always enjoyed going to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race,” said Colton Herta. “And now it’s awesome that I finally get to have a true home race! Long Beach has always been a key venue for the NTT IndyCar Series because it draws such big crowds. I’m ready to get and to build up momentum again in the #88 King Taco Indy car.”
A Herta family tradition is to enjoy “victory tacos” after a race win, but King Taco is taking the victory taco celebration further. If Colton Herta wins the 2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, anyone who attended the race can enjoy a free taco. Fans can bring their ticket stub into any participating King Taco location in Southern California and present it at the time of ordering to receive a free “Victory Taco” until April 30, 2019.
Opening practice begins Friday, April 12, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Live coverage from the streets of Long Beach can be found on the NBC Gold App and continues through each practice and qualifying session of the race weekend. Race day coverage will be live on the NBC Sports Network at 4:00 p.m. ET.
About Harding Steinbrenner Racing
Indianapolis based Harding Steinbrenner Racing is led by Indianapolis businessman Mike Harding and George Michael Steinbrenner IV. Brian Barnhart is team president, and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. serves the team as executive consultant. Harding Steinbrenner will compete on a full-time basis in the 2019 IndyCar Series with Colton Herta, driver of the #88 Honda-powered Indy car.
About King Taco
For more than 40 years, King Taco has been recognized as a leader in Mexican Fast Food Service. Its consistency and commitment to provide only the best in authentic Mexican food has allowed the company to expand in Los Angeles County. Quality, service, cleanliness and value are hallmarks for its successful image and reputation, and King Taco returns to the Grand Prix of Long Beach to satisfy the appetites of fans during race weekend.
About Southern California Acura Dealers
The Southern California Acura Dealers is an automobile association of twenty Acura dealers serving the cities of Covina, Tustin, Costa Mesa, Temecula, Montclair, Cathedral City, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Alhambra, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Glendale, Cerritos, Riverside, Torrance, Mission Viejo, Sherman Oaks, Anaheim and Valencia.
About CrowdStrike Racing
CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity technology company, is the leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection. Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform offers instant visibility and protection across the enterprise and prevents attacks on endpoints on or off the network. CrowdStrike Falcon deploys in minutes to deliver actionable intelligence and real-time protection from Day One. It seamlessly unifies next-generation AV with best-in-class endpoint detection and response, backed by 24/7 managed hunting. Its cloud infrastructure and single-agent architecture take away complexity and add scalability, manageability, and speed.
About Colton Herta
Colton Herta began racing go-karts at the age of four. At 12, he turned to cars and promptly won the Pacific F1600 Series championship and finished second in the Skip Barber Summer Series. At 16 years old, the Valencia, California, native quickly impressed by winning the second race of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship 2017 season. That year he also led the series with seven pole positions, set five new track records and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Most recently, Herta became the youngest winner in NTT IndyCar Series history after winning the INDYCAR Classic. He has also won the 2019 Rolex 24 Hours IMSA race with the Rahal Letterman Racing team and placed second in the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires