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It's not that we've ever made a point to sit down and watch the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race. It's just that every few years we flip on the television and there it is, and then we have to watch as celebrities, pro athletes and some professional drivers make mince meat of whatever Toyota model is that year's race car. It's the Scion tC once again this year, and the list of celebs who will be crashing into one another has been released (check out the full list after the jump). We use the term "celeb" very loosely here, as the list is populated with names that usually appear a few spots down when the credits roll. Drew Lachey and Wilmer Valderrama are probably the most popular current celebs on the drivers list, as well as Eric Dickerson and John Salley. But Brad Lewis, the executive producer of Ratatouille?
The Pro/Celeb race used to attract big names from pop culture, and we've got the gallery of archival pics to prove it. We're talking top talent like Matt Leblanc, Ricky Schroder, Camaron Diaz, Patrick Stewart, Cybill Shepherd, George Lucas, Gene Hackman, Kelsey Grammar, Joe Montana, Cuba Gooding Jr., Woody Harrelson, Jay Leno, Tony Danza (TONY DANZA!), and yes, even David Hasselhoff. Oh, and Alfonso Ribeiro, who friggin' rules. Thanks for the tip, Eric!

[Source: Scionnews.net]

Celebrity list for 2008 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
  • Drew Lachey - Singer and actor, best known as the second-season winner of ABC's Dancing with the Stars and member of the group 98 Degrees. Appeared on Broadway in "Rent."
  • Raymond Cruz - Actor, best known for his roles as Det. Sanchez on CBS's The Closer and as Tuco in the critically acclaimed AMC series Breaking Bad. Film roles include "Clear and Present Danger," "The Substitute," "The Rock," and "Training Day."
  • Wilmer Valderrama - Actor, best known for the role of Fez in the FOX sitcom That '70s Show and host of MTV's Yo Momma.
  • Eric Dickerson - Pro Football Hall of Famer, widely considered to be one of the greatest running backs in NFL history. In his 10-year career, played for the Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta Falcons.
  • John Salley - Sportscaster, Emmy-nominated Best Damn Sports Show Period; four-time NBA champion. Retired from the NBA Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers.
  • Daniel Goddard - Actor, starring as Cane Ashby on The Young and the Restless. Also played Dar on the BeastMaster TV series.
  • Jamie Little - ESPN/ABC pit reporter for NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series. Has covered the Indy Racing League and both the Winter and Summer X Games.
  • Nancy Lieberman - ESPN women's basketball analyst. Renowned collegiate and WNBA professional basketball player and coach; member of the Basketball Hall of Fame; Olympic Silver Medalist.
  • Brad Lewis - Film producer and director. Executive Producer of Pixar's Academy Award winning film "Ratatouille," the 20th Century Fox hit "Broken Arrow" (with John Travolta and Christian Slater) and Dreamworks' "Forces of Nature" and "Antz."
  • William Fichtner - Actor, starring as FBI special agent Alexander Mahone in the FOX series Prison Break. Also appeared in Academy Award-winning best picture "Crash," as well as "Blades of Glory," "Armageddon," "Black Hawk Down," "Go," and "Heat."

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      • 7 Years Ago
      lol no frankie muniez?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I believe Muniz has gone semi-pro and is working his way up the racing ladder..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Do some of these people even know how to drive?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, what a celebrity C list that is. Pathetic.

      You would actually think that some bigger celebs would want to participate since it's a blast, they get pro driver training and they don't have to pay to race.
      Many "ordinary" peope pay a ton of money to get pro driver training and to go racing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      William Fichtner is HAWT!!! He doesn't even have to race!! Just stand there in his "uniform" and he's GORGEOUS!!! Great actor too!!! When and on what channel will this be televised?


      • 7 Years Ago
      everyone of them i had to read the blurb on who they are - to me not one name i reconized.
      maybe i just don't get out enough i guess
        • 7 Years Ago
        I am with ya there. I look at the list and say "Who?"

        Never paid any attention anyhow... I think watching most racing on TV is down right BORING.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For a period of time wasn't this race sponsored by dodge and they raced neons?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Not the Long Beach race, although I think they've had celebrity races in Detroit and other places. This one's always been a Toyota (now Scion) deal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jamie Little is hawt.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I own one of these, never could find out who drove it though
      • 7 Years Ago
      When is the race this year, and does anyone know if you need tickets, or just show up? My hubby would love to go!
      • 7 Years Ago
      C-list celebrities in C-list cars [mourning the death of the celica]. Let them race the new IS-F and maybe we'll see some A-listers. Actually...we'll probably just see A-listers get into accidents a LOT faster.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If Cameron Diaz name was Camaron Diaz (change the z for an s), her name would be something like Shrimp Days.... looking forward to see her racing, she is beatuiful and this kind of race is always fun
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