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The stars are out in force for the Vegas Grand Prix, with David Beckham arriving trackside for Saturday night’s race alongside a host of famous names.
Beckham was hosting a race night party alongside Shaquille O’Neal and the two made an arrival together in Vegas around three hours before the race began.
Usain Bolt, the fastest man on two feet, was also pictured arriving in Vegas for the penultimate race of the season.
Gordon Ramsay – a big Formula One fan – was also making an early arrival to the track and there were also a couple of notable influencers making an appearance.
David Beckham and Shaquille O’Neal poses ahead of their race night party in Las Vegas
Beckham brought his son Cruz with him to Vegas and they got a father and son picture
Influencers Veronika Rajek (left) and Alix Earle were also heading to the track for the race
Usain Bolt , the fastest man on two feet, was also in Vegas to watch the race on Saturday
Gordon Ramsay and his daughter Holly pictured arriving by the track on the Vegas strip
Veronika Rajek left little to the imagination in her purple outfit that defied the cool 52 Fahrenheit temperatures around the track in hours leading up the start.
Alix Earle, the TikTok star who is dating NFL and Miami Dolphins player Braxton Berrios, was also sharing pictures from around the track.
For race organizers, there was a huge weight of expectation on Sin City after a difficult couple of days building up to the showpiece event.
The first practice session was derailed by a loose drain cover on the track, ending the spectacle after only eight minutes when Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari was damaged.
Charles Leclerc, Sainz’s Ferrari teammate, begins the race in pole position on Saturday night.
Amid the race week concerns, ticket sales have also disappointed.
Sales on the secondary-ticket market were surging for Saturday night’s Las Vegas Grand Prix, but plenty of tickets were on sale on the Ticketmaster site for the Formula One race as of early in the afternoon.
Race CEO Renee Wilm promised on the November 3 earnings call by Formula One Group that ‘we will be sold out by the time of the event.’ Barring an eleventh-hour surge, the race will fall short of that prediction.
The first-year LVGP — beset by a number of on- and off-track issues that have tempered the enthusiasm of race fans, Las Vegas locals and even drivers — didn’t waste any time putting tickets on sale for next year. Beginning Saturday, fans can put down a deposit beginning at $250 for the race, which is November 21-23, 2024.
When tickets were originally put on sale for Saturday’s race about a year ago, the cheapest was $500. Nevada residents later were offered a limited number of tickets starting at $200.
Beckham, Shaq and Jamie Salter – a Canadian billionaire businessman – pose for a photo
The 27-year-old model and influencer Rajek defied the cool temperatures with her outfit
Even if there have been a number of missteps, the surge in ticket sales on the secondary market also shows a great interest in Saturday night’s race.
Gametime reported early Saturday afternoon that the lowest-priced ticket was $1,387, matching the cost of a three-day pass that was offered Wednesday. The high-end three-day was $4,613 on Wednesday and on Saturday the top single-day ticket was $10,635. Gametime later reported that the lowest-price ticket had jumped again, this time to $1,613.
TickPick has seen a similar increase. It’s lowest-price ticket went from $771 on Monday to $980 on Friday to $1,128 by Saturday afternoon.
Betting on this race has been strong from the beginning, with BetMGM and Caesars Entertainment projecting record-setting handles for a motor sports race. Attempts were unsuccessful Saturday to see if those expectations were met, but if Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas was any indication, then it is a big weekend for those sports-betting companies.