Jason Priestley builds IRL team with plans for Indy 500 run

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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