It's the 'Battle of the Sexes' in 2007 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

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All Will Get Behind the Wheel of Race-Ready Toyota Scion tCs on Saturday,

April 14, for Charity

Mar 06, 2007, 00:00 ET from Toyota Motorsports, Inc.

    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.
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     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 to see how professional race
 handicappers think the celebrity drivers stack up. [The odds have been
 presented solely for entertainment purposes exclusively by
 , powered by , 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
     -- Robin Quivers (12-1)       Radio personality; Howard Stern's primary
                                   co-host on his morning satellite radio show.
                                   Author of the autobiography, "Quivers:  A
     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
     EDITOR'S NOTE: Celebrity odds are provided for entertainment purposes
 only. Wagering on the outcome of the race is neither encouraged nor

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