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2001 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Long Beach, California -- Since 1977, a major highlight of every Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has been the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race -- spotlighting a star-studded field of personalities from the worlds of sports and entertainment as they "put the pedal to the metal" in a 10-lap sprint to raise money for charity and thrill the thousands of spectators lining the 1.99-mile Champ car track.

Previous winners include Gene Hackman (1980), Ted Nugent (1983), Lorenzo Lamas (1985), Rick Schroder (1989), Stephen Baldwin (1990), and Andy Lauer (1998).

Cars
Racers Dara Torres, Sara Senske (back), Elisa Donovan and Piper Perabo.
The winner of the 2000 race was actor Josh Brolin, whose father, James Brolin, won the very same race in 1978. Josh returned to defend his title in 2001.

Past entrants include Cameron Diaz, Matt LeBlanc, John Elway, Ashley Judd, Clint Eastwood, Jay Leno, and Kim Alexis. They’ll be mingling in the CART garage area, where you can spot car owners such as Paul Newman and David Letterman or race fans like Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen and Nicholas Cage.

Lucas
These friggin' robots never program the right coordinates when you're trying to turn.
This isn't just fun and games -- it's dangerous! During the 2000 race, the force was not with "Star Wars" creator George Lucas was shaken but unhurt after smacking his car into a wall during warm-ups. Lucas was escorted off the track, but declined medical treatment. After Lucas bit the dust, Donny Osmond flipped his car in the fifth lap after hitting a tire barricade. The car crashed louder than his last talk show with Marie.

Shatner
"I will boldly go where no celebrity racer has gone before!"
The race occurs on Saturday, April 7. It will be broadcast in its entirety on ESPN, Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m. ET.

Since 1991 alone, Toyota has raised more than $800,000 for children's hospitals by putting these stars behind the wheel.

SportsHollywood attended the celebrity practice at Willow Springs raceway in California on March 10. To see photos from the practice, click here. To see the results of this and last year's race, click here.


INTERVIEWS:


William
Shatner

Piper
Perabo

David
Alan Grier

Dara
Torres

Jim
Kelly

Josh
Brolin


Erik
Palladino

Elisa
Donovan

Chris
McDonald

Mark
Steines

Sara
Senske

Mark
Consuelos


Billy
Blanks

Training
Manual

Practice
Photos

Media
Day

Race
Photos

Race
Results

Racing photos are posted courtesy of Toyota Motorsports.

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