The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race (TPCR) 2010
The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is an annual auto race held each April since 1977 as part of the United States Grand Prix West and later the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend at Long Beach, California. Now the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race (TPCR) is one of the most popular sporting events on the track. Since its beginning 33 years ago, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race has grown into the most comprehensive, longest-running corporate-sponsored celebrity racing event in the world.
Since 1991, the event has raised money for "Racing for Kids," a national fund-raising program benefiting children's hospitals in Long Beach and Orange County Toyota donates $5,000 to “Racing for Kids” behalf of each Pro/Celebrity driver, including an additional $5,000 to the winner's charity of choice.
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach
CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Additionally, a $15,000 donation is made in conjunction with the annual People Pole Award. Sponsored by People magazine, the award is given to pole-position winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race qualifying session.
The 10-lap star-studded exhibition race will feature celebrities competing against professional drivers in identically prepared Scion tC models that is official race car since 2006. Earlier, the race took place on the cars. From the inception of the event until 2005, Toyota Celicas cars were used in the race.
Celebrity contestants range from Hollywood's " A-list" elite, budding young stars and starlets, professional sports figures, local Southern California television and radiopersonalities and selected Toyota dealers. One seat is put up for auction, the high bidder for which also participates in the race.
Keanu Reeves at the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race (TPCR) 2010
All celebrities are given thorough practice, safety, and training sessions before competing.
FAST LANE Racing School, which is owned and operated by Danny McKeever, is the "Official Racing School of Toyota Motorsports." For over two decades, FAST LANE has and continues to provide exclusive training including classroom and on-track education for all participants in the annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. Throughout the extensive training, participants will learn a variety of racing techniques including proper seating position, high-speed cornering, flags and passing.
Grand Prix Media Day and Celebrity Practice
Long Beach - April 6, 2010
Toyota Grand Prix Celebrity Drivers Visit Miller Children's Hospital - April 15, 2010
Keanu and the other racers visited young patients at Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach on Thursday, April 15, 2010.
Keanu Reeves and a patient at Miller Children's Hospital.
Keanu Reeves and a patient at Miller Children's Hospital
Toyota Pro/Celeb 2010 Qualfiying Runs – April 16, 2010
Keanu Reeves and Megyn Price talk strategy before qualifying.
Toyota Pro/Celeb 2010 Race Day – April 17, 2010
The race is held on a 1.97-mile street circuit through the downtown streets of Long Beach in Southern California. The Pros get to start 30 seconds behind the Celebs.
Like the previous year Keanu Reeves took part in the race. As a returning Celebrity champion Keanu was automatically-bumped-in-class in the “Pro” category.
Keanu Reeves with a guest from a local children's hospital
Keanu Reeves in his racing car (#24)
Keanu Reeves in his racing car (#24)
Jamie Bestwick, Keanu Reeves, Steve Milen and Marty Nothstein ride out to the grid
The 2010 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race participants (Keanu’s car in the middle)
Check presentation to Miller's Children's Hospital and CHOC from Toyota Racing #1.
We all are hoping that Keanu will take part in the race again......So, till the next year Keanu!
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011 !!!
~ by Mariola ~