• Feb 1st 2008 at 12:31PM
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Jason Priestley, best known for his deft portrayal of Brandon Walsh on "Beverly Hills, 90210", has entered into a partnership with Jim Freudenberg, the former general manager of Kelley Racing, to start a new IRL team called Rubicon Race Team. So far, the team has only one race in which it plans to compete: the Indianapolis 500. Priestley is known as an avid racer, though he hasn't been behind the wheel much since he hit the wall at Kentucky Speedway going 180 mph in August of 2002. He broke his back and both his feet, but not his fondness for speed.
The Rubicon Race Team advisory board also includes two pro football players: Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark and Carolina Panthers punter Jason Baker. Plans are to seat a high-profile veteran driver in Rubicon's open-wheel Indy car for the big race at the Brickyard in May, though no one's been signed yet.

We don't know what Priestley's been up to since his days in California's most famous zip code, but are astonished at how long the 90210 money has lasted him. He's done other acting work since his stint on the show, including a new series called "Side Order of Life" that debuted on the Lifetime network last July, but nothing that's come close to garnering the attention or compensation of his glory days standing next to Luke Perry.

[Source: AP, Photo by David Livingston/Getty]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmmm.... Am curious to see who the "high-profile" driver will be. Perhaps Tomas Scheckter? I think he lost his ride within the IRL. There's also been plenty of "who's-staying-who's-leaving" drama within the ranks of Andretti-Green Racing, so maybe Wanica Patrick could take her ego to another team by 2009? Gotta love the suspense! Haha.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't really think of any pithy remarks to make. Other than I'M glad Jason isn't thinking he can handle the wheel himself. Hire Sarah Fisher, with better equipment she could run right up at the top.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So long as he doesn't talk, it's all good.....
      Ricky whitten
      • 7 Years Ago
      He doesn't seem like the redneck car racing trailer trash type.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Give the job to ROBBY GORDON
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe Jason can turn off the lights when IRL folds in the very very near future
      • 7 Years Ago
      "He broke his back and both his feet, but not his fondness for speed. going 180"

      Where do I sign up?
      • 7 Years Ago
      He's not driving he's funding a team big difference. Indycar drivers are far from Rednecks you're thinking Nascar.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Should start a NHRA team. Any other type of racing is for whimps
      • 7 Years Ago
      IRL is the development league for NASCAR now anyway.
      Smart move you only need to Win the INDY 500 one time to be famous and become a household name in Racing
      • 7 Years Ago

      His 90210 Money will keep on a coming so long as the show remains in syndication.
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