CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach Dara Torres takes pole for Toyota Pro/Celebrity race

LONG BEACH, Calif.--(AutomotiveWire)--April 6, 2001--Nine-time Olympic medalist swimmer Dara Torres, proving that she can "fly" in the pool and on the race track, turned in the fastest lap (1:48.708) in today's qualifying session at the Silver...

LONG BEACH, Calif.--(AutomotiveWire)--April 6, 2001--Nine-time Olympic medalist swimmer Dara Torres, proving that she can "fly" in the pool and on the race track, turned in the fastest lap (1:48.708) in today's qualifying session at the Silver Anniversary Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.

She is the first female to take the pole position in the 25-year history of the fan-favorite event. The top professional driver was 10-year CART veteran Scott Pruett, with a lap time of 1:46.003.

In addition to winning the coveted inside front-row position for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Torres also was awarded the fourth annual "PEOPLE Pole Award." Sponsored by PEOPLE Magazine, the award honors the top celebrity qualifier for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race with a $10,000 donation from PEOPLE to the pole sitter's charity of choice.

Torres designated the We Change Foundation, a charitable organization in Boynton Beach, Fla., whose mission is to motivate and educate troubled youth.

Other Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race participants include William Shatner, David Alan Grier, Erik Palladino, Piper Perabo, Christopher McDonald, Jim Kelly, Billy Blanks and Mark Consuelos.

The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will begin at noon on Saturday, April 7 with a field of 17 drivers. The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will air on ESPN on Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m. ET.

<pre> Celebrity Qualifying Times: 1. Dara Torres 1:48.708 2. Tom Rudnai 1:48.746 3. Mark Steines 1:48.840 4. Christopher McDonald 1:49.366 5. Erik Palladino 1:49.971 6. Mark Consuelos 1:49.984 7. Dave Pasant 1:49.998 8. William Shatner 1:51.144 9. Billy Blanks 1:52.280 10. Jim Kelly 1:52.380 11. David Alan Grier 1:54.640 12. Elisa Donovan 1:57.316 13. Piper Perabo 1:59.294

Professionals: 1. Scott Pruett 1:46.003 2. Josh Brolin 1:46.665 3. Sara Senske 1:47.765 4. Robert Huffman 1:47.796

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Series IndyCar , Road racing
Drivers Scott Pruett , Mark Stein , Robert Huffman , William Shatner , Tom Rudnai