• Sep 22nd 2009 at 6:00PM
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Drew Barrymore takes the Green Car Challenge - Will any of these guys be able to beat Drew's lap time?

Last week, actress Drew Barrymore kicked off the Jay Leno Show's Green Car Challenge segment with a bang. Literally. Canons shot streamers and ping pong balls at the Ford Focus EV while she zipped around the track. Although the whole thing was a bit hokey, we know the segment is here to stay, hopefully with some healthy tweaking.

We say drop the second lap shenanigans, create a properly defined track and make it a real race with some interesting guests. Well, with what we just learned, we think they might be on the right track. No pun intended. It will be another Big Adventure for the next celeb to take the wheel, none other than actor Paul Reubens, better known to most of us as Pee-wee Herman. After Pee-wee has a crack at the challenge, other celebs scheduled to appear are sportscasters Bob Costas and Al Michaels, as well as the one and only, hybrid-loathing Rush Limbaugh.

Are any of these guys capable of besting Barrymore's lap time? Our money is on the lightweight Costas, although Pee Wee might be a shot in the dark. Michaels could surprise, but we doubt Limbaugh will be able to avoid the penalties that will ensue from mowing down the effigies of Al Gore and Ed Begley, Jr. What say you? Who will top the board after these guys complete the Green Car Challenge?

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Will Rush Limbaugh's ego fit inside any car?

      Paul Reubens!?!?!! OH MY GOD!!!! THIS IS GONNA BE EPICLY AWKWARD!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        "With half my brain tied behind my back,just to
        make it fair!"

        - Rush Limbaugh

        Not that the guy is all that smart, but if you look at the field he competes with, you know people who do not care about truth, just toting the party line. He probably is much smarter than Arianna Puffington, Olbermann and Maddow, Chris Mathews, Mourine Dowd and the rest of the NYT staff.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're right Urchin, a college dropout is way smarter than a Rhodes Scholar with a PhD in Politics from Oxford (Maddow).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sea Urine! Where have you been? We missed having the village idiot around to liven the mood. Brian has become tiresome.

        Good to have you back!
      • 5 Years Ago
      My prediction;
      Jay asks his good friend Eric Bana to come on the show and drive the course to give it some legitimacy. Bana agrees to do it, but only if he can drive the course in his 73 Ford Falcon Gt.
      Unfortunately, the massive torque of Bana's car rips the shoddily constructed race track to pieces, and the entire course is destroyed.

      In order to carry on with the racing bit, Jay is forced to relocate his show one day a week to California speedway in Fontana. Enlisting help from another car buddy, currently out of work Adam Carolla, they devote that one day a week to all things motor sport related.

      Instead of copying TG with the whole Stig bit, They just bring in Ken Block to thrash cars.

      Sound good?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sadly the future list of Celeb's seems to get worse. Drew seemed to be the top of the list and its all downhill after that. It is a shame that NBC completely screwed what could of been a actual entertaining segment which would attract those outside of the normal NBC audience at 10pm but as per usual they screw it up trying to be broad as possible.

      Top Gear works in my eyes because they dont dumb it down and they teach the "star" for a day. I remember atleast twice I heard one of the stars say they wish to do it again after they leave. Jay is a car guy and should of put his chin down (had to say it).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will anyone beat the time? Depends on whether they cut all of the corners or not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jay Leno should modify this segment to make the race more real. Rent a race track once a week for some time, do proper race.

      I like Jay Leno, but this segment in my opinion will pull the ratings down.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that Angela Landsbury in the photo? Wow, she can really drive for a 90 year old.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh man, the green car challenge is the worst thing ever. Just pathetic and a poor clone of Top Gear. So NBC cans Top Gear US and gives us green car challenge? Worst...decision...ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You idiots, it's not Top Gear and it's not meant to be Top Gear. It's an hour long comedy variety show. Stop whining.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give up hope now. It's not a car show, it's lowest common denominator entertainment; the same garbage Jay is famous for. Nobody's going to be challenged here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am genuinely eager to see Rush on Jay’s show…
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really hate that picture of Drew. Autoblog, please stop using it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the track is a good start; also Jay has had to have delt with countless network people and their agenda's, in his time with nbc. I'm sure if ford keeps buyin add time, and other sponsors back it with add time the feature will stay around on the show, and only get better. Honestly I see jay leno being able to bring some of the other features of the uk show we all love, if not jay then who ?
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