Look out for female drivers at the LBGP
LONG BEACH – An unprecedented number of female stars of film, television and sports will don their helmets and strap their seatbelts in race-ready Toyota Scion tCs for this year’s Toyota/Pro Celebrity Race on April 14 as part of the 33nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. For the first time, women dominate the field of 19 in this historic, 10-lap race for charity through a 1.97-mile street circuit through the downtown streets of Long Beach. Kathryn Morris (22-1), actress; stars as Lily Rush in the CBS TV drama Cold Case. Also appeared in the films “Paycheck,” “Hostage,” “Minority Report,” and “As Good as it Gets.” Chris Klein (14-1), Katie Holmes’ ex-boyfriend, actor, starred as “Oz” in “American Pie” films. Emily Procter (16-1), actress; best known for her role of Calleigh Duquesne in CBS’ CSI: Miami and recurring guest role on NBC’s The West Wing. Aisha Tyler (20-1), actress; stand-up comedian and occasional writer. NAACP Image Award winner. Former host of Talk Soup. TV appearances include Ghost Whisperer, CSI, 24, Friends. Film work includes “The Santa Clause” 2 & 3 and the upcoming feature comedy “Balls of Fury” (April 2007). Kendra Wilkinson (25-1), model and TV personality best known as one of the three live-in girlfriends of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in the E! reality TV series The Girls Next Door. The Pro/Celebrity race, one of six featured events during race weekend, gives fans a chance to see their favorite stars duke it out on the track during exciting action-packed competition. Following is a list of the drivers, with the odds of winning and their bios: George Lucas (15-1), four-time Academy Award nominated director, producer, and screenwriter of the epic Star Wars saga and collaborator on the Indiana Jones films. Dave Mirra (7-1), professional BMX rider, former host of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge; 14 medals at the X Games. Martina Navratilova (6-1), former World No. 1 woman tennis player, International Tennis Hall of Famer. John Salley (18-1), sportscaster, Best Damn Sports Show Period; retired from NBA Detroit Pistons. Joshua Morrow (8-1), Emmy Award-nominated actor; plays Nicholas Newman on The Young and the Restless; plays on the World Poker Tour. Kelly Hu (10-1), actress and former fashion model. First Asian American to win Miss Teen USA (1985); crowned Miss Hawaii USA in 1993 and a finalist for Miss USA (1993). Currently stars in the ABC drama In Case of Emergency. Robin Quivers (12-1), radio personality; Howard Stern’s primary co-host on his morning satellite radio show. Author of the autobiography, “Quivers: A Life.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!