Ah, the perks of being a star in Hollywood. In addition to money, sex, glamour and free schwag, you occasionally get asked to do things like drive a race car for charity. Through the streets of Long Beach. At full tilt.
I’m down for anything that involves using someone else’s gas, brakes, tires and paint, especially when I’m expected to drive in full-hoon mode with no repercussions. I was available this weekend, but sadly, yours truly didn’t make the cut. We internet journalists just don’t get the respect we deserve, or maybe we’re just not pretty enough for celebrity racing.
In case you’re curious who’ll be trading paint in race prepped Scion tCs, this years field includes Adam Carolla, Adrien Brody, Anthony Anderson, Brian Austin Green, Christian Slater, Jesse McCartney, Keanu Reeves, Patrick Warburton, Tika Sumpter, Tony Hawk and Zachary Levi. On the “pro” side of the coin, entrants are Jimmy Vasser, Steve Millen, Tanner Foust and Marty Nothstein.
Toyota donates $5,000.00 per entrant to “Racing For Kids”, which supports children’s hospitals in southern California. Toyota also donates another $5,000.00 to the charity of choice for each entrant, and People magazine makes a $15,000 donation on behalf of the driver that captures the pole.