Professional Racers Shawna Robinson and Jeremy McGrath Join Angie Everhart, Buzz Aldrin and Josh Brolin in the 27th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 20, 2003) - NASCAR Winston Cup racer Shawna Robinson and Supercross ...
Professional Racers Shawna Robinson and Jeremy McGrath Join Angie Everhart, Buzz Aldrin and Josh Brolin in the 27th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 20, 2003) - NASCAR Winston Cup racer Shawna Robinson and Supercross legend Jeremy McGrath will race head-to-head against stars from film, television, music and sports in the world's longest-running, most successful celebrity auto racing event.
The 27th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will be on Saturday, April 12, in Long Beach, Calif. The 10-lap charity race, held on the 1.99-mile downtown Long Beach street circuit and broadcast to a national TV audience, is annually a part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend.
In 2002, Robinson became the first woman in more than 20 years to compete in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Daytona 500. Robinson, who in 1994 was also the first female to win a pole position in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, will try her hand at road racing against an eclectic mix of professional drivers and celebrities. Among those will be McGrath, a seven-time AMA Supercross Champion who recently retired. A living legend in the world of motorcross racing, McGrath holds a number of records including most 250cc career wins (89), most event wins (72), consecutive wins (13), and eight major titles.
The "Pro" category will also include Milka Duno, Leilani Münter, and actor Josh Brolin. In 2001, Duno was vice-champion of the American Le Mans Series Driver's LMP 675 Championship, and in 2002 she placed 12th among 54 drivers in the ultra-competitive LMP 900 class.
A former Hollywood precision driver and stunt double for Catherine Zeta-Jones, Münter is the newest member of No. 54 Team Bristol Motorsports in the NASCAR Busch Series. In addition to testing the No. 54 car this season, she will run in select NASCAR Busch North and Late Model races.
Brolin, who stars as 'Senator Bill Sterling' on NBC's "Mr. Sterling," was the 2000 Toyota Pro/Celebrity race champion and competed as a "Pro" in 2001, where he finished a close second to Scott Pruett. He has also logged a number of testing miles in a Trans-Am car for the Rocketsports Racing team.
The expected field of 16 also features an eclectic group of entertainment personalities, internationally renowned celebrities, and figures from sports and media.
Stars driving in the 2003 race include the following: Angie Everhart (actress and former model), Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11 astronaut and second man to walk on the moon), Picabo Street (Olympic Alpine Skiing Champion), Adam Carolla (co-creator and co-host of Comedy Central's "The Man Show" and "Crank Yankers," host of nationally syndicated radio show "Loveline"), Jesse James (host of Discovery Channel's "Monster Garage"), Tommy Shane Steiner (American Music Awards nominee for "Favorite New Artist Country Music"), Peter Reckell ('Bo Brady' on NBC's daytime soap "Days of Our Lives"), Steve Hartman (KCBS-TV and XTRA Sports 690 broadcaster), and Tony Potts ("Access Hollywood" correspondent).
"The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is renowned for attracting celebrity and professional drivers because it offers the high-speed challenge of real racing," said Les Unger, Toyota's national motorsports manager. "With stars from film, television, music and sports, this year's race is sure to provide thrills for fans."
Also racing in this year's event are Bud Gordon, owner of Quality Toyota in Corona, Calif., and CEO of Gordon Automotive; and Dave Pasant, who earned a spot by making the high bid for the 2003 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race seat at last year's Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball auction, which is held annually during race week.
As part of the race 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. Toyota will donate $5,000 in the name of each participant, and another $5,000 to the race winner's charity of choice.
In addition, a $10,000 donation will also be made in conjunction with the sixth annual "PEOPLE Pole Award." Sponsored by PEOPLE magazine, the award honors the pole-position winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race qualifying session on Friday, April 11. Throughout the past 12 years, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race has generated more than $1 million for charity.