• Apr 4, 2007
Just another reason to go to Long Beach for the Grand Prix weekend. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has been announced as this year's Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race grand marshal. The celebrity race is always one of the most popular sideshows during Grand Prix weekend and with Hef doing the honors, and one of his playthings piloting one of the racecars, it should make the event even more entertaining.

The 10-lap charity race will not only feature Playmate Kendra Wilkinson, but such wide-flung celebs as tennis great Martina Navratilova, Cold Case's Kathryn Morris, Howard Stern's sidekick Robin Quivers, CSI: Miami's Emily Procter, NBA legend John Salley and Star Wars' creator George Lucas, among others. There are typically a few professional drivers from other disciplines that compete with the celbs, spotting the noobs 30 seconds at the start.

The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race also features drivers who were the high bidders in a charity auction in the preceding weeks. All drivers are given a couple of track practice sessions with instructors and then compete in identically prepared, relatively stock Toyota or Scion vehicles. Last year it was the Scion tC that had that honor for Toyota.

[Source: Toyota Motorsports]


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      rlopees
      • 7 Years Ago
      15 and 16, this is a one time race for charity, not toyota sponsoring a series or driver for a full season or anything
      • 7 Years Ago
      Waiting for a joke about airbags...
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is just a rant, but the Pro/Celebrity Race has always really bugged me. They are usually full of some barely known "celebrities" that may or may not have any interest in racing, are ususally good at wrecking cars, and its not like you can tell who they are under the helmet behind the wheel anyway. Meanwhile there are truly talented people who strongly desire to get their shot at racing standing on the sidelines.
      Like I said, just a dumb rant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What the name of the broad to the far right? Um I need to check her authenticity.
      • 7 Years Ago
      While I admire what Hugh has done for himself and guys all around the world, those 4 chicks on the pictures can't be more fake, can they? I bet if any of them would stand to a radiator they would literaly melt. I prefer "natural" females :P
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can you imagine going to bed at night, being a old man and all, and having a bevy of honies snuggling with you?

      Damn, it's good to be Hugh Hefner! Pass the Ben-Gay and Viagra! Daddy's feelin' frisky!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those girls are so hot! He's the man! Toyota will be #1 at racing, give them time. With them being one of the few auto manf that make money. They will be able to keep throwing money at it. GM/FORD losing so much money, they will have to cut the racing budget down.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      "Those girls are so hot! He's the man! Toyota will be #1 at racing, give them time. With them being one of the few auto manf that make money. They will be able to keep throwing money at it. GM/FORD losing so much money, they will have to cut the racing budget down."

      Get real.

      Ever heard of BMW? Ferrari? Honda? Audi? I'm pretty sure they make money.

      Even with a Schumacher Toyota can't manage a single win.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It was nice that he brought his grandkids.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Totally off-topic, but that girl on the right is a total Marilyn Monroe lookalike...
      • 7 Years Ago
      #15

      that's not a dumb rant at all. i too am someone miffed that celebrity clowns in low performance cars like camrys and TCs get all these resource and the talented drivers that care get squat.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Certainly doesn't add respectability to Toyota.