Stars and cars - 25th Anniversary at Long Beach

25th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Attracts Stars Greg Kinnear, Ben Stiller And William Shatner LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2001) -- For the 25th consecutive year, top celebrities from film, television, sports and fashion are revving up ...

25th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Attracts Stars Greg Kinnear, Ben Stiller And William Shatner

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2001) -- For the 25th consecutive year, top celebrities from film, television, sports and fashion are revving up to compete in the 2001 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.

Toyota Motorsports today announced one of its most renowned fields for the Silver Anniversary of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach, Calif. on Saturday, April 7. The 10-lap race on the 1.99-mile Champ Car track is part of the Toyota Grand of Long Beach race weekend.

A field of 19 participants includes Greg Kinnear ("The Gift" and "As Good As It Gets"), Ben Stiller ("Meet the Parents" and "There's Something About Mary"), William Shatner ("Star Trek" and "T.J. Hooker"), David Boreanaz (star of the TV series "Angel"), Jason Biggs ("American Pie" and "Saving Silverman"), Jim Kelly (former Buffalo Bills quarterback), Michael Johnson (Olympic track and field gold medalist), Billy Blanks (Tae Bo inventor), Mark Consuelos ("All My Children"), Piper Perabo ("Coyote Ugly"), Jon Seda ("Third Watch" and "Selena"), Antonio Sabato, Jr. (actor and Calvin Klein model) and Mark Steines ("Entertainment Tonight" correspondent).

Returning to defend his 2000 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race title is Josh Brolin, most recently seen in "Hollow Man" and appeared in "Slow Burn," "All the Rage," and "Best Laid Plans."

Additionally, three other professional drivers are competing for a spot in the Winner's Circle, including young open-wheel racer Sara Senske, NASCAR Goody's Dash three-time defending champion Robert Huffman, and 10-year CART veteran Scott Pruett.

"The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is the only event of its kind," explained Les Unger, Toyota's national motorsports manager. "Throughout the 25-year history of the race, it has attracted a top-name celebrity field and become a fan-favorite at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach."

The current field of drivers also includes Dave Pasant, who is competing after making the high bid of $76,000 at last year's Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball auction. Rounding out the field is Tom Rudnai, vice president and general manager of Longo Toyota and Lexus in El Monte, Calif.

As part of the event, Toyota will help raise more than $100,000 this year for "Racing for Kids," a non-profit program benefiting Southern California children's hospitals in Long Beach and Orange County by donating $5,000 in the name of each participant. Another $5,000 will be awarded to the race winner's charity of choice.

Finally, a $10,000 donation will be made by PEOPLE Magazine in conjunction with the annual "PEOPLE Pole Award." The award honors the pole-position winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race qualifying session on Friday, April 6. Since 1991, the event has generated more than $1 million for charity.

The 2001 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will be broadcast in its entirety on ESPN, Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m. ET.

-Toyota Motorsports

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Drivers Scott Pruett , Mark Stein , Robert Huffman , William Shatner , Tom Rudnai , Michael Johnson