By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer 

After a couple of years of uneasiness with COVID-19 test, shots, ID’s, mask restrictions and the world going crazy, the one thing that’s back where it belongs is the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. It’s been canceled pushed back and postponed.  

The 2021 version took place September when the leaves were turning brown. Colton Herta of Andretti Sports took the Checkered flag.  

This year’s normality of April saw the crowds reach a three-day attendance total that exceed 185,000.   

Tatiana Calderon was the only female driver the Dallara-Chevrolet. The Rookie from Bogata, Columbia finished in 16th place. She has competed in 28 countries. 

Fans got to enjoy a concert by the ROYAL MACHINE musical group, drift racing, Super Trucks and 100-minute sports-car race. 

“It feels good to be back,” said Victor Gomez who came with his wife and three children from Pomona. “We didn’t make it last year because of COVID, but we are making up for it. We got a hotel nearby and were doing all three days.”  

There were several vendors including Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in San Pedro. In 2021 it was selected by Newsweek as one of the World’s Best Hospitals.  

It’s a mission driven organization, that provides comprehensive medical care where each patient is treated holistically. It has a dedication to the mind, body, and spirit of every individual they treat. It assists patients and their families with high-quality medical care that serves their specific needs. 

Super Realtor Sherry Joseph was one of the most enthusiastic people at the event. She stated, “What’s not to love here, there’s energy, you’re close to the beach, there’s an ocean breeze. It’s just a great time to be at the Grand Prix.”