Chris Pook, founder of the Long Beach Grand Prix, pays a visit for an episode of Catching Up With to discuss his new heavyweight book, ‘Chris Pook & The History Of The Toyota GP Of Long Beach’ written by Gordon Kirby, and available at, to discuss his origins, the efforts to launch the race in 1976 with the help of Dan Gurney, choosing F5000 as the first series for the event, the acquisition and loss of Formula 1 at Long Beach, and the rise of CART and IndyCar’s biggest stars in the 1980s and 1990s on the world-famous street circuit.


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