Welcome to the inaugural Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach announced this week that Acura has entered into a multi-year agreement to be the new presenting title sponsor of the Long Beach Grand Prix.

The 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will be held April 12-14.

Like its longtime time sponsor predecessor, Toyota,  Acura is based in Torrance along with its parent company, American Honda.

Acura was launched by Honda in 1986 as its first luxury car line.

Last year, Acura made a successful return to the IMSA Weather Tech SportsCar Championship with two entries prepared by Penske Racing.

Honda won its first Long Beach Grand Prix in 1996, with Jimmy Vasser.

It has won six of the last 10, including Alexander Rossi last April.

Hamlin Looks For Fast Start in The Clash

Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are the only multiple winners in the 20-driver field for Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona that drops the flag on the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Hamlin especially wants the checkered flag, after the first winless season of his Cup career.

“Obviously, it wasn’t up to our expectations,” said Hamlin, the 2016 Daytona 500 winner. “But sometimes in sports, you have those years when things don’t go your way, or you don’t perform up the level you know you’re capable.

“So you re-set and re-focus, and you move on.”

Only six times has the  Clash winner gone on the next week to win the Daytona 500. Hamlin was the most recent, in 2016.

Sunday’s field includes all 2018 Busch Pole winners. Five drivers in the field have made five-or-fewer starts at  Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona 500 pole qualifying will precede The Clash  Sunday on FOX Sports.

Tomac Wins At San Diego, Takes Points Lead

The podium and the points leaders were identical after last week’s muddy Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series stop at PETCO Park in San Diego.

Veteran Eli Tomac snapped the run of first-time winners on an all-veteran podium. Marvin Musquin of Corona was second, with Ken Roczen third.

Tomac also jumped to the top of the the points standings, with 106. Musquin and Roczen are tied for second place with 102, and Cooper Webb is fourth with 98.

The series wrapped up its West Coast portion, and now heads to Minneapolis.

Feld Motorsports, the Series’ parent company, said it is investigating a drying agent used on the track which damaged some bikes and left several drivers with severe skin irritation.

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