LONG BEACH, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- An unprecedented number of female stars of film, television and sports will be donning their helmets and strapping their seatbelts in race-ready Toyota Scion tCs for this year's Toyota/Pro Celebrity Race on Saturday, April 14, as part of the 33rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070306/CLTU105LOGO ) For the first time ever, women dominate the field of 19 in this historic, 10-lap race for charity through a 1.97-mile street circuit through the downtown streets of Long Beach in Southern California. The Pro/Celebrity race, one of six featured events during race weekend, gives fans a chance to see their favorite stars duke it out on the track during exciting action- packed competition. Fans also can log onto Hollywagers.com to see how professional race handicappers think the celebrity drivers stack up. [The odds have been presented solely for entertainment purposes exclusively by Hollywagers.com , powered by Pregame.com , the country's largest bet-centric information site. There will be no actual wagering on the outcome of the race.] The expected field of 19 includes the following group of fiercely competitive entertainment personalities, internationally known celebrities, sports stars and media: -- Kathryn Morris (22-1) Actress; stars as Lily Rush in the CBS TV drama Cold Case. Also appeared in the films "Paycheck," "Hostage," "Minority Report," "As Good as it Gets." -- Chris Klein (14-1) Katie Holmes' ex-boyfriend, actor, starred as "Oz" in "American Pie" films -- Emily Procter (16-1) Actress, best known for her role of Calleigh Duquesne in CBS' CSI: Miami and recurring guest role on NBC's The West Wing -- Aisha Tyler (20-1) Actress, stand-up comedian and occasional writer. NAACP Image Award winner. Former host of Talk Soup. TV appearances include Ghost Whisperer, CSI, 24, Friends. Film work includes "The Santa Clause" 2 & 3 and the upcoming feature comedy "Balls of Fury" (April 2007). -- Kendra Wilkinson (25-1) Model and TV personality best known as one of the three live-in girlfriends of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in the E! reality TV series The Girls Next Door -- George Lucas (15-1) Four-time Academy Award nominated director, producer, and screenwriter of the epic Star Wars saga and collaborator on the Indiana Jones films -- Dave Mirra (7-1) Professional BMX rider, former host of MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge; 14 medals at the X Games -- Martina Navratilova (6-1) Former World No. 1 woman tennis player, International Tennis Hall of Famer -- John Salley (18-1) Sportscaster, Best Damn Sports Show Period; retired from NBA Detroit Pistons -- Joshua Morrow (8-1) Emmy Award-nominated actor; plays Nicholas Newman on The Young and the Restless. Plays on the World Poker Tour. -- Kelly Hu (10-1) Actress and former fashion model. First Asian American to win Miss Teen USA (1985); crowned Miss Hawaii USA in 1993 and a finalist for Miss USA (1993). Currently stars in the ABC-TV drama, In Case of Emergency. -- Robin Quivers (12-1) Radio personality; Howard Stern's primary co-host on his morning satellite radio show. Author of the autobiography, "Quivers: A Life." As the winner of the 2006 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, professional skateboarder and X Games Gold Medalist Bucky Lasek returns in the "Pro" category in 2007. "Last year was my first time out and it was a blast," said Lasek. "This year, being back with the pros, my strategy is to stick as close as I can, try to get through traffic quickly and just hold better lines than everybody else." Lasek joins three other drivers in the "Pro" category including NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Pro Champions Mike Skinner and Todd Bodine and NHRA Champion Scott Kelley. The Southern California Toyota Dealer is being represented by Tustin Toyota General Manager RJ Romero. Rounding out the field are two novice drivers, Jerry Westlund and Annamarie Dean, who each won places in the race for donations they made in two different charity auctions. "This is sure to be one of the most unique races we've had in the three decades we've been conducting the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race," said Les Unger, Toyota's national motorsports manager. "Traditionally, we've found that women are some of the more competitive drivers, but -- win or lose -- this is a race that's exciting for all the celebrities and pros alike because it offers the high-speed challenge of real racing, combined with a worthwhile charitable endeavor." 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 non-profit program benefiting children's hospitals in Long Beach and Orange County, Calif. Finally, a $15,000 donation is made in conjunction with the 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 13. On behalf of the race and its participants, Toyota has donated close to $1.5 million to various children's organizations since 1991. EDITOR'S NOTE: Celebrity odds are provided for entertainment purposes only. Wagering on the outcome of the race is neither encouraged nor implied.
SOURCE Toyota Motorsports, Inc.