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Fight for Long Beach roars along

Updated: April 9, 2005, 12:41 AM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- No fanfare was necessary when the Champ Cars took to the streets Friday morning to begin practicing for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Street racing is nothing new for the Champ Car World Series; nor is it a novelty for Long Beach, which has played host to the "Roar by the Shore" since 1975.

Champ Car racing and Long Beach have benefited from a productive partnership since 1984, and nothing appeared amiss under cloudless skies on Friday. Untold thousands of fans ...

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