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Toyota Grand Prix Long Beach - Celebrity Race 026 027 - 041710 - PapaBrazzi Report

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Published on Apr 18, 2010

BLRock 994 - Toyota Pro Celebrity Race in Long Beach, California. Names like Chris Ashworth North Hollywood Toyota - Vice President, Jamie Bestwick BMX Rider, Adrien Brody Actor, Adam Carolla Comedian and Writer, Tanner Foust TV Host Pro Racer and Stunt Driver, Brian Austin Green Actor Director and Producer, Tony Hawk Action-Sports Athlete, Zachary Levi Actor, Jesse McCartney Singer Songwriter and Actor, Steve Millen Racing Champion, Marty Nothstein Drag Race Driver and Former Champion Cyclist, Dave Pasant Retired Insurance Executive, Megyn Price Actress, Keanu Reeves Actor, Christian Slater
Actor, Tika Sumpter Actress, Jimmy Vasser 1996 IndyCar World Series Champion, Patrick Warburton Television and Film Actor, Jerry Westlund Charity Auction Winner.
The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is an annual 10-lap auto race held each April since 1977 as part of the United States Grand Prix West, and later the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend at Long Beach, California. Since 1991, the event has raised money for "Racing for Kids," a national fund-raising program benefiting children's hospitals in Long Beach and Orange County.
The TPCR pits celebrities against professional racers from various types of motor racing. From its inception until 2005, From 1977 until 2005, the drivers drove showroom stock Toyota Celicas. Since 2006, the Scion tC is the car used in the race. Celebrity contestants range from Hollywood's "A-list" elite, budding young stars and starlets, professional sports figures, local Southern California television and radio personalities and selected Toyota dealers. One seat is put up for auction where the high bidder at an auction will also participate the race. Often, a member of the broadcast team for the feature race will race in the event -- Ken Squier, Paul Page, Jack Arute, and Jamie Little (the 2008 winner) have all participated in the race while broadcasting the feature.
All celebrities are given thorough practice, safety, and training sessions before competing, and thus far, no serious injuries have occurred, despite a large number of crashes throughout the years. Several celebrities who have taken part in the TPCR have taken up auto racing as a part-time hobby or as team owners.
The celebrities receive a 30-second head start to begin the race against the professionals and past champions.

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