By David G. Firestone
The 2015 Toyota Pro/Celebrity race is behind us. It was a good one for sure. It had a decent amount of talent, including:
Antron Brown (NHRA veteran, Top Fuel driver)
Brett Davern (2014 champion)
Donna Feldman (model/TV host/actress)
Willie Gault (former NFL WR, Olympic athlete)
Nathan Kress (actor)
James Maslow (musician)
Steve Mason (ESPN Radio host)
Mark McGrath (lead singer, Sugar Ray)
Raul Mendez (actor)
Joshua Morrow (actor)
Dave Pasant (Producer)
Robert Patrick (actor)
Mekhi Phifer (actor)
John Rzeznik (guitarist/Goo Goo Dolls frontman)
Alfonso Ribeiro (two-time race winner)
Dara Torres (Olympic swimming legend, 2002 race winner)
Rutledge Wood (NBC Sports Group NASCAR/motors contributor and 2013 race winner)
In a 10 lap race that saw some crashes and some great racing, Alfonso Ribeiro was the overall and pro winner, with Dave Pasant wining the celebrity category.
When you race in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, you get to keep your driving gear. I discussed this in my Steve Lundquist article. He won two gold medals in the 1984 Olympics in swimming, then came back and raced in the 1985 event. The competitors are given special training and safety instructions. Even though there have been a decent number of crashes, no serious injuries have occurred.
the right chest features a VALVOLINE logo and STEVE LUNDQUIST embroidered into it. The left chest features a vintage racing stripe design, with TOYOTA MOTORSPORTS, BRIDGESTONE, GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH and ND SPARK PLUGS patches on the stripes.
These come up for auction every now and again, and I personally like them as they are racing memorabilia and celebrity memorabilia at the same time.