Foust to race Keanu Reeves, Tony Hawk, Jimmy Vasser and more
LONG BEACH, California (April 15, 2010) – Racing and stunt driver Tanner Foust will take on a packed field of high-‐profile competitors this weekend during the Pro/Celebrity race, part of the 36th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
A field of 18 drivers in the charity contest includes a host of media and entertainment personalities, actor and defending celebrity champion Keanu Reeves, skateboard pro Tony Hawk and radio personality Adam Corolla among them.
Racers including 1996 CART Champion Jimmy Vasser, IMSA GT Champion and STILLEN founder Steve Millen will join Foust in the pro category.
"The Pro/Celeb race has a stacked field," said Foust. "Jimmy Vasser has competed on the streets of Long Beach 17 times and stood on the podium here five times, Steve Millen has arguably the most door-‐to-‐door experience -‐-‐ and that's not even counting the list of very quick celebs!"
Drivers will get behind the wheel of identically prepared, race-‐ready Scion tCs in what has become the world's longest-‐running, most prestigious celebrity racing event. The pros will give the celebrities a 30-‐second head-‐start and it's expected the on-‐track action will be fierce.
The 10-‐lap race on Saturday (April 17) follows a 1.97-‐mile street circuit through the downtown streets of Long Beach in Southern California, and is one of six featured events during the weekend.
Toyota will donate $5,000 to the Racing for Kids charity in the name of each celebrity racer, and another $5,000 to the winning racer’s charity of choice. Racing for Kids is a national non-‐profit program benefiting children’s hospitals in Long Beach and Orange County, Calif. On behalf of the race and its participants, Toyota has donated more than $1.8 million to various children’s hospitals since 1991.
"Both the Long Beach and Orange county Children's Hospitals are amazing facilities that perform a vital role in their respective communities," said Foust. "I'm looking forward to meeting the kids and watching their reaction to shaking hands with the stars, like Keanu Reeves."
A $15,000 donation is also made in conjunction with the 13th annual People Pole Award. Sponsored by People magazine, the award honors the pole-‐position winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race qualifying session on Friday, April 16.
The event follows Foust's 2010 debut in the Formula Drift championship. The two-‐time champion achieved a podium finish in his Rockstar Energy Scion tC, finishing the event in third-‐ place overall.
In addition to running a full Formula Drift season, Foust's 2010 competition schedule will also include a packed schedule of European Rallycross events, ESPN's Summer X Games and select rally events. His next competition is the Portugal stop on the European Rallycross tour, May 1-‐2.
Tanner Foust is a versatile and multi-‐talented driver known for his supreme car control and a proven track record of podium placements and national championships. He is a two-‐time Formula Drift champion (2007, 2008), and one of just four drivers to have been invited to every X Games Rally competition, with the Rockstar driver scoring gold in 2007, silver in 2008 and bronze in 2009. He has twice represented Team USA in the annual Race of Champions, teaming with NASCAR star Carl Edwards in 2008 and Travis Pastrana in 2009.
His varied race experience also includes multiple seasons of open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, five Ice Racing championships, a Production Rally Championship title and the SCORE Baja. He also holds class lap records at numerous US road courses in Time Attack.
Also a stunt driver, Foust was a lead driver in the Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Bourne Ultimatum, Dukes of Hazzard, Red Dawn and Iron Man 2, movies, and also handles stunt driving in numerous popular TV shows and commercials.
Foust is currently an on-‐air host for Supercars Exposed, and was also picked as co-‐presenter for the US version of the seminal BBC auto show, Top Gear.
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