Long Beach Celebrity Race Grand Marshal named

FAMED ACTOR/COMEDIAN 'CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER' TO BE GRAND MARSHAL AT SATURDAY'S TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY RACE LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 6, 2006) -- Cedric The Entertainer, considered one of the finest comics in America and one of the busiest actors...

FAMED ACTOR/COMEDIAN 'CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER' TO BE GRAND MARSHAL AT SATURDAY'S TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY RACE

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 6, 2006) -- Cedric The Entertainer, considered one of the finest comics in America and one of the busiest actors in Hollywood -- including his starring roles in hit films such as "The Original Kings of Comedy," "Barbershop" and "Be Cool" -- will serve as Grand Marshal for Saturday's 30th Anniversary Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the 32nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 7-9.

Cedric has had additional starring roles in such hit films as "Madagascar," "Lemony Snicket," "Big Momma's House" and "Ice Age," and was the producer and star of "Johnson Family Vacation," ranked the #1 comedy film in America for two weeks in 2004.

He has received an AFTRA Award of Excellence in Television Programming for his FOX TV series, "Cedric The Entertainer Presents..." and has been honored with four consecutive NAACP Image Awards for best supporting actor.

"The icing on the cake for me is having the honor to serve as Grand Marshal for Saturday's Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race," he said. "I can hardly wait to shout those famous words - 'Start your engines!' - mainly because I like to be in charge!"

Cedric will be starring in several upcoming film projects, including "The Cleaner" with Lucy Liu and "Johnson Family Vacation 2."

He is also co-owner, with Keith Wiggins, of CTE-HVM Racing, which will have Nelson Philippe and rookie Dan Clarke in the cockpits of the team's Ford-Cosworth Lola Bridgestone entries in Sunday's opening round of the 2006 Champ Car World Series.

Tickets for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, featuring six racing events including the opening round of the 2006 Champ Car World Series, can be purchased from the Grand Prix ticket office by calling the toll-free ticket hotline at (888) 82-SPEED. A handy ticket brochure - which includes circuit map, grandstand and parking locations, ticket prices and order form - can be obtained by calling the ticket hotline. Tickets are also available online at longbeachgp.com or ticketmaster.com.

Ticket prices range from $35 for Friday/Saturday general admission up to $115 for a three-day ticket that includes Saturday and Sunday reserved seats in upper levels of the grandstands. Pre-paid parking packages are also available when ordering through the Grand Prix Ticket Office. Handicapped seating, Bosch Champ Car Garage passes, Super Photo Tickets and a variety of hospitality club packages are also available.

-TGPLB-

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Series Charity
Drivers Nelson Philippe , Dan Clarke
Teams HVM Racing