Yep, it's a mouthful: the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Presented by Greater Houston Honda Dealers. The three-day race rally might have a cumbersome name but it's got a sleek, fun schedule of activities. For serious race fans, there are IndyCar races as well as the Pirelli World Series and the Firestone Indy Lights series. Stu Cook and Doug ''Cosmo'' Clifford, members of the legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revival (which is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), headline a Friday night concert after a full day of practice sessions and qualifying rounds. Saturday and Sunday, it's back-to-back races and all-day family fun with go-kart races, interactive exhibits and games, and lots more.
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10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Reliant Park, 1 Reliant Park. For information, call 713-659-7223 or visit grandprixofhouston.com. $10 to $155.
Fri., Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 5, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 6, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., 2013