Stephen Baldwin, Al Unser, Jr. to Compete in Toyota Pro/Am Race

Courtesy of Tom Loeser
Keanu Reeves and Al Unser, Jr. at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2009.

The race, part of the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, pits Hollywood stars against racing legends.

Stephen Baldwin and Adam Carolla are among the Hollywood gearheads joining professional race drivers like two-time Indy 500 champion Al Unser, Jr. in the 40th Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, set to be held April 16 on the streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif. 

Baldwin, Carolla and other returning celebrity drivers, including Brian Austin Green, Alfonso Ribeiro and Olympic medalist Dara Torres, the first woman to win the race, were chosen to compete with pro drivers who had won in previous years. 

The contestants will all drive 210 hp Scion FR-S cars upgraded to racing specs on the 1.97-mile street course. The race benefits the Racing for Kids charitable organization that supports children's hospitals in the U.S. 

This will be the final year for the pro-am race, which is held in conjunction with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the world’s second-oldest grand prix.

A spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter that Toyota is discontinuing the race because the company is moving its U.S. headquarters of 50 years from the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance to Plano, Texas, and will lack the infrastructure to support it.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach runs April 15-17.

 

 
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