Robert Huffman/Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Long Beach, CA (April 6, 2001) Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring Champion Robert Huffman takes on Hollywood this weekend as he competes in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach, California.
Robert Huffman/Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
Long Beach, CA (April 6, 2001) Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring Champion Robert Huffman takes on Hollywood this weekend as he competes in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach, California. This is the Silver Anniversary of this event and it draws an incredible amount of attention from the media and from the fans attending the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
This event includes several off track activities as well. "The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is the only event of its kind," said 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." Since 1991 People Magazine has also been involved in promoting the event and donating $10,000 to a charity in honor of the pole-position winner. The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race has generated more than $1 million for charity.
Though Winston Cup Drivers such as Kyle Petty and the late Neil Bonnett participated in 1980 this is the first time ever for a NASCAR Touring driver to participate. Huffman is the reigning champion of the Goody's Dash Series, which is one of the nine Touring Regional Touring Series that blanket the United States.
Huffman took to the track Friday for both a practice session and then later for qualifying. Other participates in the event include, William Shatner (Captain Kirk), David Alan Grier ("DAG"), Chris McDonald ("Family Law"), Erik Palladino ("ER"), Elisa Donovan ("Sabrina, The Teenage Witch"), Piper Perabo ("Coyote Ugly"), Jim Kelly (former Buffalo Bills quarterback), Billy Blanks (Tae Bo inventor), Dara Torres(Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer), Mark Consuelos ("All My Children") and Mark Steines ("Entertainment Tonight" correspondent). Josh Brolin is the returning champion of the event. Brolin has appeared in "Hollow Man," "Slow Burn," "All the Rage," and "Best Laid Plans."
Additionally two other professional drivers are competing for a spot in the winner's circle, including young open-wheel racer Sara Senske, and veteran CART, NASCAR WC driver Scott Pruett.
Huffman qualified fourth for the event. Scott Pruett sits on the pole. This is Huffman's first try at road course racing. "I need to work on my shifting," said Huffman. "This is a lot of fun. I wish we had a road course race in our Goody's Dash Series."
The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will be broadcast in its entirety on ESPN, Saturday, April 28, 2001 at 3pm, ET.