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Celebrities take part in Long Beach Grand Prix practice race

Pro/Celebrity Practice Run for 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Pro/Celebrity Practice Run for 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Ella Batalon

April Fool's Day had Pro/Celebrity racers participating in an early morning practice track run in preparation for the 40th Annual Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach. The previous night's shower activity did not deter Tuesday morning's Press Conference with media and Pro/Celebrities.

Pro/Celebrity Practice Run for 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Photos by Ella Batalon

Dr. William Pinskey, the founder and president of "Racing for Kids" is one of the celebrity racers that took part in Tuesday's practice run along with fellow celebrity racers: Adrien Brody, Eric Braeden, Corbin Bleu, Brett Davern, Colin Egglesfield, Doug Fregin, Carmelita Jeter, Cole Hauser, Tricia Helfer, Phil Keoghan, Vaness Marcil, Kyle Petty, Lisa Stanley, Max Thieriot, Nick Wechsler, Sam Witwer, Rutledge Wood, and Al Unser Jr.

Each celebrity race participant drove identical, 210-horsepower Scion FR-S race-prepared cars with a professional training driver during their practice runs on the 1.97 mile, 11-turn road course navigating along the shoreline and through the streets of downtown Long Beach.

Members of the press and media were also treated to a sample track run in Toyota Camry pace cars driven by professional drivers to get the feel and speed of the race.

The Toyota Grand Prix Pro/Celebrity Race has developed into one of the most popular racing events that will be taking place the weekend of April 11 - 13 and is expected to bring in over $100,000 for 'Racing for Kids", a national organization benefiting children's hospitals in Southern California.

The qualifying race is scheduled for Friday, April 11, 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the charity race scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, please visit their website: http://gplb.com.