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Long Beach Grand Prix Toyota Pro / Celebrity Race Entrants Set

Posted in Automotive Event, Celebrity Cars, Grand Prix, Racing by Kurt Ernst | April 16th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

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.

Source: Horsepower Driven By Star Power: 2010 Toyota Pro / Celebrity Race Drivers Announced

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3 Responses

  1. cars celebs and money all are so closely associated with each other! events like these will only make things more glamorous.

  2. lashbera says:

    To bad they don’t use real cars like mustang GTs, those toyotas are like running amature go carts. Toyota should go do what they do best, NOTHING

  3. Kurt says:

    lashbera, keep in mind that most of these celebrities have zero track experience before the race, so letting them trade paint in a 161 horsepower Scion tC is risky enough. Giving them a Mustang GT or a Camaro SS would be like giving a five year old a running chainsaw to play with. You wouldn’t want to clean up the mess afterwards.