2015 LEGP Postponed!Aug 17th, 2015
Lake Elsinore Grand Prix Postponed
Storm nixes this year's race in light of California's severe drought
LAKE ELSINORE, CA - Lake Elsinore Grand Prix race organizers Storm Events and Podium Productions regret to announce the postponement of the Lake Elsinore Grand Prix this November. The postponement is due to California's severe drought conditions. Both parties plan to continue the race in November 2016.
With the state of California reaching historical drought conditions, the Governor of California has declared a "State of Emergency" that does not allow for the purchase of water through the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD). Because of mandatory statewide water restrictions, EVMWD must abide by the governor's executive order and cannot supply the amount of water needed to build and maintain the race track.
The Lake Elsinore Grand Prix is a 7.2 mile off- road race which starts and finishes at The Diamond stadium, wraps around the city of Lake Elsinore and features 2 days of racing in different classifications of dirt bikes, as well as four -wheelers, side by sides and UTV's.
"We understand this historic race is very important to the race community and know they will be disappointed with the decision to suspend the race in November," Storm President Dave Oster said. "But after much consultation with the city of Lake Elsinore and Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, we feel this is the right thing to do in light of what is happening with our water supply throughout California. We want this race to continue, and with the right conditions we look forward to the 47th running of the Lake Elsinore Grand Prix in 2016."
The race has a 46-year old history and was made famous by Bruce Brown's film On Any Sunday, which featured 1970's movie star and race enthusiast Steve McQueen, as well as racing icon Malcolm Smith.
"We are heartbroken over not being able to host the LEGP," Heather Sebastian, owner of Podium Productions, said. "We've exhausted every option possible to make it happen but we have a legal and moral obligation to postpone this year's event. We are already working on new concepts for course changes, classes and entertainment for next year, and with Mother Nature's cooperation the 2016 LEGP will be the best year yet."
Both Storm Events and Podium productions will be available to answer questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The Storm can also be reached at 951-245-4487. For further inquiries about the drought's impact on the race and the community, Greg Morrison from the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District can be contacted via telephone at 951-326-0922.