LANCASTER – The fourth annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix is still 106 days away. But that didn’t stop city officials and VIPs from getting behind the wheel Wednesday for practices races at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in preparation for the signature event.
“The VIPs are our sponsors and our partners that we have with the city, it’s anybody from Round Table Pizza to our signature sponsor Lancaster Honda,” said Ronda Perez, Parks, Recreation and Arts director. “It’s just an opportunity for them to come out, get a feel for the cart and get them really excited about what’s going to happen in September.”
From Friday, Sept. 14 to Sunday, Sept. 16 the Grand Prix roars into Lancaster for the fourth straight year. The race grows in popularity each year, and this year is no exception, Perez said.
“We’re bringing additional professional racers in [and] we’re going to have night racing again this year,” she said. “It’s a three-day event, so it also is accompanied by a street festival, entertainment, stages, music, food, vendors… it’s gets bigger and better each year and we’re really excited about it.”
“We expect about 40,000 if not more this year,” said Council Member Sandra Johnson, adding that hotels and restaurants will fill up during the Grand Prix weekend.
“It’s just going to bring economy overall to our community with this exciting event,” Johnson continued.
There is still time to partner with the city to become a sponsor of the 4th Annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix. Contact the Parks, Recreation and Arts Department at 661-723-6077 for details.
Perez said the city will be holding another practice run later this summer for any additional VIPs interested in helping to sponsor the event. For more information on the fourth annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, visit www.streetsoflancaster.com.