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Rutledge Wood Takes Pole Position For The 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rutledge Wood was awarded the celebrity pole position after turning the quickest lap during qualifying for the 37th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. Wood, co-host of the History channel series "Top Gear USA" and Fox Sports/SPEED racing commentator, drove his 210-horsepower Scion FR-S around the 1.97-mile street course in downtown Long Beach with a lap time of 1:46.505.

"Rutledge proved he's a racer at heart," said Les Unger, national motorsports manager with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "He returned to the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race this year to improve his performance -- and he succeeded. All the drivers did a great job today and will be ready to put on an impressive show in Saturday's race."

Wood named the charity Victory Junction Gang Camp as the designee for a $15,000 donation awarded in conjunction with the 16th annual People Pole Award. "I want to say a big thanks to People for doing this.  Big thanks to Toyota.  This is going to send a lot of kids to camp in North Carolina at Victory Junction.  It's the happiest place I've ever been on earth.  It's an amazing place where every kid can do everything from the ropes course to the pool."

In odds given by professional handicapper Anthony Curtis, Wood was consistently among the favorites, and proved experience counts now in his second showing in the celebrity event. Curtis has been studying and handicapping the drivers throughout March and April. He offers his insights solely for entertainment purposes on www.lasvegasadvisor.com. (There will be no actual wagering on the outcome of the race.)

Mark Steines, Emmy award-winning journalist and host of Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family," will start second followed by Michael Trucco from SyFy's acclaimed series "Battlestar Galactica" as the top-three celebrities in Saturday's race.  The celebrity drivers will get a 30-second advantage over the professional drivers at the start of Saturday's race. 

In the professional category, Tyler Clary scored the fastest driving time in the same session, followed closely by Andy Bell and Adam Carolla (last year's overall race winner, driving this year in the pro category).

Toyota will donate $5,000 to Racing for Kids in the name of each participant and an additional $5,000 to the winning racer's charity of choice. Racing for Kids is a national nonprofit program benefiting children's hospitals in Long Beach and Orange County, Calif. Toyota has donated more than $2 million on behalf of the race and its participants to various children's hospitals since 1991.

Saturday's race starts at 11:45 a.m. PDT.

To learn more about the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, go to www.toyotaracing.com, visit Toyota Racing on Facebook or on Twitter @ToyotaRacing, or join the conversation with the participants using #TPCR.

STARTING GRID

Pos

Class

Name

Lap Time

1

Celebrity

Rutledge Wood

1:46.505

2

Celebrity

Mark Steines

1:46.885

3

Celebrity

Michael Trucco

1:47.027

4

Celebrity

Glen Faber

1:47.939

5

Celebrity

Brett Davern

1:47.973

6

Celebrity

Dakota Meyer

1:48.110

7

Celebrity

Dave Pasant

1:48.306

8

Celebrity

Kate del Castillo

1:48.750

9

Celebrity

Jeremy Sisto

1:49.239

10

Celebrity

Jackson Rathbone

1:49.321

11

Celebrity

Jenna Elfman

1:51.140

12

Celebrity

Jessica Hardy

1:51.886

13

Celebrity

Carter Lay

1:52.050

14

Celebrity

Wanda Sykes

2:02.651

15

Pro

Tyler Clary

1:45.569

16

Pro

Andy Bell

1:45.992

17

Pro

Adam Carolla

1:46.218

18

Pro

Melanie Troxel

1:48.597





CONTACT:




Les Unger

Rebecca Lee

Toyota Racing

GolinHarris for Toyota

310-468-4709

213-438-8827

les_unger@toyota.com

rlee@golinharris.com



Erika Romero

Sharon Noot

Toyota Racing

Noot Incorporated

310-468-3948

714-527-7735

erika_romero@toyota.com

sharon@nootinc.com

SOURCE Toyota Racing



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