2014

Horsepower Driven by Star Power: 2010 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Drivers Announced 2009 Celebrity Winner Keanu Reeves Returns to Compete with the Pros; Other Stars Behind the Wheel include Adrien Brody, Tony Hawk, Christian Slater, Jesse McCartney, and Adam Carolla

LONG BEACH, Calif., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- An eclectic group of Hollywood's stars from film, television, music and sports will put their freshly honed racing skills to the test all in the name of charity on Saturday, April 17 in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, part of the 36th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.  The field of drivers will compete in identically-prepared race-ready Scion tCs in what has become the world's longest-running, most prestigious celebrity racing event.  

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The historic, 10-lap race for charity on a 1.97-mile street circuit through the downtown streets of Long Beach in Southern California is one of six featured events during race weekend.  This year's anticipated field of 18 drivers includes the following diverse entertainment and media personalities:

    
    
    -- Adam     Radio and television host, comedian, and actor best known
     Carolla    for programs like "Crank Yankers" and Comedy Central's "The
                Man Show" alongside Jimmy Kimmel.  He also was a former
                contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."
    
    --Adrien    Academy Award winning actor in 2002 for his role in Roman
     Brody      Polanski's "The Pianist."  Other on-screen credits
                include, "King Kong," "The Village," "The Jacket," "The
                Brothers Bloom," "Darjeeling Limited," and "Summer of Sam."
    
    --Anthony   Television and film actor currently starring in the
     Anderson   television drama series "Law & Order" as Det. Kevin
                Bernard. Film credits include "Transformers," "Hustle &
                Flow," "The Departed," "Me, Myself & Irene," and "Romeo
                Must Die."
    
    --Brian     Film and television actor best known for his roles on
     Austin     "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Beverly Hills
     Green      90210" as David Silver and "Freddie."
    
    --Christian Film and television actor currently starring on ABC's new
     Slater     crime drama "The Forgotten" and was the lead role on NBC's
                "My Own Worst Enemy."  On-screen credits include
                "Windtalkers," "3000 Miles to Graceland," and "Robin
                Hood."
    
    --Jesse     Recording artist best known for hits including "Beautiful
     McCartney  Soul," and "Leavin'." Recipient of the ASCAR Pop Music
                Award for Song of the Year (2008).
    
    --Keanu     Actor whose films include "The Day the Earth Stood Still,"
     Reeves     "The Matrix, I, II & III" "The Replacements," "Speed,"
                "Walk in the Clouds," "My Own Private Idaho," "Bill & Ted's
                Excellent Adventure."
    
    --Patrick   Film and television actor currently starring in the hit CBS
     Warburton  comedy "Rules of Engagement".  Also most recognized from
                the hit NBC comedy "Seinfeld" as "Puddy" and the ABC hit
                comedy "Less than Perfect."  Film credits include "Bee
                Movie," "Underdog," "Scream 3," and "Men in Black 2."
    
    --Tika      Television and on-screen actress best known for her role as
     Sumpter    Layla Williamson on "One Life to Live."  Tika just
                completed filming her co-starring role in "Stomp The Yard
                2: Homecoming" due out this year.
    
    --Tony      Iconic pro skateboarder who landed the first-ever 900 at
     Hawk       the 1999 X-Games.  He is also president of Tony Hawk Inc.,
                and regularly appears on television and films.  Also hosts
                a weekly show on Sirius XM satellite radio network.
    
    --Zachary   Film and television actor best known for his roles in the
     Levi       action-comedy television series "Chuck" as Chuck Bartowski
                and ABC's comedy series "Less than Perfect." On-screen
                credits include "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"
                and "Stuntmen."

Vying for a win in the "Pro" category is returning champion of the 2009 "Celebrity" category Keanu Reeves who is set to race against the pros, including Jimmy Vasser, 1996 CART Champion for Target/Chip Ganassi Racing and current IRL Team Owner and Toyota dealer; Steve Millen, Toyota MTEG Champion (1986 and 1988), IMSA GT Champion (1992 and 1994) and founder of STILLEN; Tanner Foust, Formula Drift champion and X Games Rally Gold Medalist; and Marty Nothstein, Olympic gold medalist, American professional road bicycle racer and track cyclist.

The Southern California Toyota Dealer seat is being filled by Chris Ashworth, Vice President & Partner of Toyota of North Hollywood.  Rounding out the field are charity auction winners Jerry Westlund and Dave Pasant, who each won the opportunity to race in exchange for donations they made in two different charity auctions.

"As the crown jewel of celebrity race events for more than three decades, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race continues to attract the most adventurous celebrities and professional racers," said Les Unger, Toyota's national motorsports manager.  "Throughout the history of this event we've managed to transform our favorite celebrities into high-speed racers, while also changing the lives of children in need."    

Toyota will donate $5,000 to "Racing for Kids" in the name of each celebrity racer, and another $5,000 to the winning racer's charity of choice.  Racing for Kids is a national non-profit program benefiting children's hospitals in Long Beach and Orange County, Calif.  On behalf of the race and its participants, Toyota has donated more than $1.8 million to various children's hospitals since 1991.

Finally, a $15,000 donation is made in conjunction with the 13th annual "PEOPLE Pole Award."  Sponsored by PEOPLE magazine, the award honors the pole-position winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race qualifying session on Friday, April 16.  

Contacts:

Kaymi Malave

212/367-6810

kaymi.malave@eurorscg.com


Sharon Noot

714/527-7735

sharon@nootinc.com


Kym Strong

310/874-2513

Kym_strong@toyota.com


SOURCE Toyota



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