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Security Tight at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — Thousands of fans turned out to watch drivers race through the streets of Long Beach in the 39th annual Toyota Grand Prix.

From exotic cars to trucks flying off ramps, there was something for everyone at the weekend event.

Takuma Sato took the checkered flag on Sunday after a wild and exciting race.

But the need for speed wasn’t the only thing on the minds of race fans and organizers.

The Grand Prix decided to step up security in the wake of the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon last week.

The city received no threats, but added measures were taken as a precaution.

Uniformed officers and K-9s roamed the grounds, and all bags were searched upon entering.

“We had a very robust security plan in place because of the nature of the event from the beginning,” explained Jim Michaelian, CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach.

“But we’ve obviously enhanced it as time has gone along, and so far it’s been a very safe and hopefully enjoyable atmosphere for everybody.”

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