Drivers Announced For "Revved Up to Race" 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race<7203.T>

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Jesse Metcalfe, Wanda Sykes and Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer to Compete
on the Track for Charity
TORRANCE, Calif.,  March 14, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The red carpet and race cars
are ready as Toyota announced today the participants from film, television,
music, sports and the military who will compete for checkered flag glory in the
2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.  The 37th  annual charity race will take place 
April 20  on the 1.97-mile street course in downtown  Long Beach, Calif., as
part of the 39th  Toyota Grand Prix of  Long Beach.

The field of racers will navigate the new 210-horsepower Scion FR-S race
vehicles through high speed turns to benefit "Racing for Kids," a national
fundraising program supporting children's hospitals throughout  the United
States.  This year's field of popular celebrity racers includes:

* Cristian Castro(@CristianCastro): Grammy Award-nominated and best-selling
Mexican pop singer. Famous from a young age, one of his best known albums is "Mi
Vida Sin Tu Amor," with four singles in the top ten of Billboard's Hot Latin
tracks. In April, he will release a new album "Primera Fila," celebrating 20
years as a singer.  
* Kate del Castillo(@katedelcastillo):Mexico's most acclaimed actress, best
known for her starring role in long-running mini-series "La Reina del Sur."
Other credits include "Under the Same Moon," "Trade" and a guest appearance on
the Showtime series "Weeds."  
* Brett Davern  (@BDavv): Actor who stars as  Jake Rosati  in MTV's hit series
"Awkward." Other credits include the film, "Beautiful Ohio" and appearances in
"Cold Case," "CSI:  Miami," "In Plain Sight," and "Medium."  
* Jenna Elfman  (@JennaElfman): Actress known for her quirky role on the TV
series "Dharma & Greg," which earned her a Golden Globe Award.  She now stars as
the first lady in the family comedy "1600 Penn."  Film credits include "Friends
with Benefits" and "Keeping the Faith."  
* Jessica Hardy  (@swimhardy): A multiple world record-holder in swimming and a
2012 Olympic medalist. A  Long Beach, Calif.  native, she also does motivational
speaking and served as an ambassador for the United States Olympic Committee
Team For Tomorrow.  
* Jesse Metcalfe  (@JesseMetcalfe): Actor best known for his role as a teen
gardener on "Desperate Housewives" and who currently stars in the TNT
continuation of "Dallas," based on the 1978 series of the same name. Film
credits include "John Tucker Must Die" and "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt."  
* Dakota Meyer(@Dakota_Meyer): Former U.S. Marine who received the Medal of
Honor for his 2009 actions in  Afghanistan. He wrote,  Into the Fire: A
Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War, fundraises
with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and has partnered with the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce for the Hiring Our Heroes program.  
* Jackson Rathbone(@JacksonRathbone): Actor best known for playing  Jasper Hale 
in the hit "Twilight" movie series. Other film credits include "The Last
* Michelle Rodriguez(@MRodOfficial): Film actress best known for her tough girl
physical roles, including starring in the record-breaking sci-fi film "Avatar,"
the successful "Fast & Furious" franchise,  the 2012 hit "Resident Evil:
Retribution" and as a tough LAPD cop in TV's "Lost."  
* Jeremy Sisto(@JeremySisto): Actor best known for playing  Billy Chenowith  on
the series "Six Feet Under." He also played Detective  Cyrus Lupo  on "Law &
Order" and currently stars in the series "Suburgatory."  
* Mark Steines  (@MarkSteines): Emmy award-winning journalist and host of the
Hallmark Channel's new how-to show, "Home & Family." He spent more than 17 years
on "Entertainment Tonight," establishing himself as a trusted and charismatic
figure in entertainment news.   
* Wanda Sykes(@iamwandasykes): Emmy award-winning comedian, writer and actress
who ranks among  Entertainment Weekly's  25 Funniest People in America. She has
hosted her own late night talk show, "The Wanda Sykes Show" and has appeared on
TV shows including, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and films such as "Evan Almighty."  
* Michael Trucco  (@MichaelTrucco): Actor best known for playing  Samuel Anders 
on SyFy's acclaimed series "Battlestar Galactica" and  Justin Patrick  on the 
USA  Network series "Fairly Legal."  Other credits include appearances on
"Revenge," "How I Met Your Mother" and "One Tree Hill."  
* Rutledge Wood  (@RutledgeWood): Auto racing analyst on Fox Sports/SPEED and
co-host of "Top Gear  USA."

Pro drivers competing against the stars for the title include motocross champion
and MTV's "Nitro Circus" star  Andy Bell(@AndyBell), 2012 Toyota Pro/Celebrity
Race winner and comedian  Adam Carolla(@AdamCarolla), Olympic gold medalist
swimmer  Tyler Clary(@TylerClary)and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) driver 
Melanie Troxel(@MelanieTroxel).

"This talented and inspiring celebrity group will not only help Toyota share the
story of this long-running charity event, but they also will feel the rush
behind the wheel on the famous Toyota Grand Prix of  Long Beach  track," said 
Les Unger, Toyota national motorsports manager. "The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
thrills both the participants and the crowds while giving back to kids in our
communities through donations to Children's Hospital of  Orange County  and
Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach."

Rounding out the field is  Glenn Faber, partner and general manager of  Los
Angeles  area  Keyes Toyota, as well as two charity auction winners:  Dave
Pasant,  a retired insurance executive, and  Carter Lay(@CarterLay),
philanthropist and LAY'S chips heir.

The Toyota Pro/Celebrity race is one of the longest-running, corporate sponsored
events of its kind. Since 1991, Toyota has donated more than  $2 million  to the
Racing for Kids organization, on behalf of this race and its participants. In
addition to Toyota's contributions, a  $15,000  donation will be made in
conjunction with the 16th  annual "People Pole Award." Sponsored by People
magazine, the award honors the pole-position winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity
Race qualifying session on  April 19.  

To learn more about the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, visit  

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in  the United States  in 1957 and
currently operates 10 manufacturing plants.  Toyota directly employs over 31,000
in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than  $23
billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development,
financial services and design.  

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where
it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable
results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on
education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed nearly
700 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.   

For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide,


Les Unger                                                               
Toyota Racing                    

Erika Romero
Toyota Racing

Rebecca Lee
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Noot Incorporated

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