Max Papis Wins Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 17, 2004), Actor Chris McDonald (FOX's Cracking Up) had a 30-second head start and a late lead, but it wasn't enough to hold off Max Papis in the 28th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on Saturday.

Papis, who drives the CompUSA Lexus for Ganassi Racing in Grand-American competition, passed McDonald early on the ninth and final lap of the event to join such past professional winners as Al Unser, Al Unser Jr., Dan Gurney, Bobby Rahal and current Ganassi Lexus teammate Scott Pruett as a Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race winner.

The four professional drivers in the race started at the rear of the field and with a 30-second handicap.

McDonald, who also co-starred in the movie "Happy Gilmore" as "Shooter McGavin", held on to win the celebrity portion of the race. Andrew Firestone of ABC's "The Bachelor" placed third, followed by Tony Potts ("Access Hollywood"), former gold medal Olympic swimmer and 2002 winner Dara Torres and "Lord of the Rings" star Sean Astin.

Other notable participants in the race included rap and hip-hop recording artist Lil' Kim, Melissa Joan Hart, star of TV's "Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch," Frankie Muniz, of "Malcom in the Middle", champion boxer Laila Ali, and Peter Reckell, last year's winner and the star of daytime TV drama "Days of Our Lives."

-toyota motorsports-