Swanson Leads Toyota Pro/Celebrity Roster


LONG BEACH, Calif. — United States Auto Club competitor Kody Swanson leads the list of selected competitors for the 2011 edition of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race that will be held during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach April 16.

The race features stars from film, television, music and sports showcasing their racing abilities in identically-prepared Scion tCs on the historic 1.97-mile Long Beach street circuit. Toyota will donate $5,000 to Racing for Kids on behalf of each celebrity racer and an additional $5,000 to the winning racer’s charity of choice.

Additionally, a $15,000 donation will be made in conjunction with the 14th annual People Pole Award. Sponsored by People magazine, the award honors the pole-position winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race qualifying session April 15.

“The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is so unique for everyone, for both race car drivers and famous personalities, and I am really excited to have the opportunity to participate in such a historic event,” said Swanson. “While I look forward to such a special opportunity for me to compete as a participant, I am impressed with the commitment that Toyota has made to Racing for Kids and I am very happy to be included in an event with such a great cause.”

Joining Swanson as Pros competing in the race are last year’s winning celebrity Brian Austin Green, drifting champion Kenshio Gushi and top import drag racer Christian Rado.

Racing against the pros are an impressive list of celebrities, including Tito Ortiz, Anthony Anderson, Tyson Beckford, Eddie Cibrian, Kim Coates, Kevin Eubanks, Dennis Haysbert, Djimon Hounsou, Kevin Jonas, Stephen Moyer, Megyn Price, Jillian Reynolds and Kimora Lee Simmons.