Expert Las Vegas Odds-Maker Picks TV Host Mark Steines To Win 2013 Toyota
Pro Handicapper Anthony Curtis Puts Actor Michael Trucco, Racing Analyst
Rutledge Wood Close Behind in "Wide Open" Competition for Charitable Race
LONG BEACH, Calif., April 9, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --TV host Mark Steines is
making his fourth return to the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, and professional
handicapper Anthony Curtis thinks this might be his winning year. Steines,
host of the Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family," and past "Entertainment
Tonight" personality, is one of 19 participants who will race in the
prestigious 10-lap charitable event on April 20 as part of the 39^th annual
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Curtis is president of LasVegasAdvisor.com and one of the world's most
recognized gambling authorities. For the past six years, Curtis has
bench-marked Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race participants by watching training
exercises and drawing on his knowledge of the famed 1.97-mile circuit through
Long Beach, Calif. streets. Steines' 6-1 odds are the longest for a favorite
since Curtis began evaluating the field, and they are closely followed by the
handicapping on actor Michael Trucco, racing analyst Rutledge Wood, motocross
champion Andy Bell and philanthropist Carter Lay. All participants will drive
210-horsepower Scion FR-S race vehicles.
The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is the longest-running, corporate sponsored
event of its kind and benefits Racing for Kids, a national fundraising program
supporting U.S. children's hospitals. Since 1991, Toyota has donated more than
$2 million on behalf of this race and its participants.
Last year, Curtis gave comedian Adam Carolla an early advantage in the race
and the funny podcaster sped beyond them to win the race overall, even beating
out the four professional drivers. This year, Carolla will race as a
professional, but his odds are 12-1 due to the challenge that all professional
participants face starting slightly behind the celebrities.
"This year's odds structure paints a picture of a wide-open race with several
skilled celebrities challenging the pro drivers for the win," Curtis said.
"Watching all the challengers in action gives me insight into who is ready for
the adrenaline rush of race day and who needs more practice. In the end, the
celebrities and pros alike play an important role in supporting the charitable
goal of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race."
Curtis's exclusive expert predictions are solely for entertainment purposes on
www.lasvegasadvisor.com. The full list of racers' odds are as follows:
It's been eight years since the Emmy award-winning
journalist and TV host tried for the Toyota
Mark Steines (6-1) Pro/Celebrity Race trophy. He was looking strong at
training and maybe the past attempts will give
Steines an edge over the competition.
Back for a second time, the actor of "Battlestar
Michael Trucco (7-1) Galactica" fame loved the FR-S during training.
Trucco will need to drive the sports car at his best
to earn a spot in the winner's circle.
Another second-time racer, the racing commentator has
Rutledge Wood (8-1) both analyzed drivers and driven at high speeds. Can
he combine the knowledge and edge out the other
The "Dallas" actor may be a race rookie, but he
Jesse Metcalfe (11-1) learned to drive a NASCAR racecar for his television
role. Metcalfe's fans will no doubt be cheering for
him to take home the prize.
The acclaimed Mexican actress is back again, with
Kate del Castillo (11-1) significantly improved odds over last year's 24-1.
She'll need to continue her upward momentum and add
some fiery passion from her movie roles to win.
Familiar with staying calm under pressure, the Medal
Dakota Meyer (15-1) of Honor recipient will need to rely on
quick-thinking and driving to edge out the other
The "Suburgatory" star displayed lots of focus during
Jeremy Sisto (16-1) training, but Sisto will need to dig deeper to finish
strong in this star-studded competition.
The swimmer and Olympic medalist showed her
competitive spirit and drive at training, but she
Jessica Hardy (18-1) must increase her pace if she's going for Toyota
Pro/Celebrity Race gold in her hometown of Long
He may star in MTV's hit series "Awkward," but Davern
Brett Davern (18-1) showed track poise and a commitment to learning every
technique. He'll need to overcome his inexperience to
claim a victory.
His role in the hit "Twilight" movie series may have
Jackson Rathbone (19-1) earned him devoted vampire-loving fans, but the
competition is alive and kicking on all sides of him.
The funny "1600 Penn" actress couldn't wait to get
Jenna Elfman (27-1) behind the wheel in training. Elfman will likely
finish with a smile if she can beat out a few other
The Emmy award-winning comedian had ready jokes and
Wanda Sykes (38-1) fun during training, but she'll need to pick up the
speed if she wants the last laugh.
The Southern California Toyota dealer seat is being filled by Glenn Faber,
partner and general manager of Los Angeles area Keyes Toyota. Also in this
year's race are charity auction winners Dave Pasant and Carter Lay.
With a love of sports cars and desire to do good, the
Carter Lay (8-1) Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is the perfect fit for the
philanthropist and LAY'S® chips heir. Can he
translate it to a win?
Participating for his fifth time, this retired
Dave Pasant (9-1) insurance executive has lots of experience with the
race. Pasant looked strong in training and may
surprise the crowd.
This Toyota dealer knows all about cars but will need
Glenn Faber (17-1) to push the FR-S to its limits to stay competitive on
The celebrity field gets a 25-second head start on the professional drivers.
This year's diverse racing group includes drivers from several different types
The motocross champion and MTV's "Nitro Circus" star
Andy Bell (8-1) has earned Guinness Book World Records and made
death-defying stunts look easy. Will Bell's daredevil
driving land him on top of the podium?
The Olympic gold medal swimmer has begun a second
Tyler Clary (10-1) career in racing, bringing his athlete intensity and
dedication. Can he triumph on the track?
Funnyman Carolla won last year's race as a celebrity
Adam Carolla (12-1) but faces stiff competition as a pro. Can he keep
everyone laughing and come out ahead?
The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) driver has
Melanie Troxel (12-1) set records driving at speeds above 300 mph but must
transition to the curves and style of this race. If
she can adapt, she may take the prize.
"Each year, Anthony Curtis's predications add another level of friendly
competition to this charitable race event," said Les Unger, Toyota's national
motorsports manager. "Our drivers push themselves to beat the odds, bringing
fans a great performance and benefiting sick kids who need the support."
Each year Toyota donates $5,000 to Racing for Kids on behalf of each
participant and another $5,000 to the winning racer's charity of choice. A
$15,000 donation accompanies the annual People Pole Award, the People
magazine–sponsored award honoring the pole-position qualifying session winner
on April 19.
To learn more about the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, go to www.toyotaracing.com,
visit Toyota Racing on Facebook or on Twitter @ToyotaRacing, or join the
conversation with the participants using #TPCR.
NOTE: Celebrity odds are provided for entertainment purposes only. Wagering on
the outcome of the race is neither encouraged nor implied.
ABOUT ANTHONY CURTIS
Anthony Curtis is one of the world's most recognized and quoted gambling
authorities. The president of LasVegasAdvisor.com, he has appeared as a casino
expert on "Dateline NBC," "48 Hours," A&E, E! Entertainment, Discovery, the
Travel Channel, the Food Channel and the Learning Channel. He has been the
subject of articles in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, San Diego
Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Arthur Frommer's
Budget Travel and Discover magazine. Curtis is author of Bargain City—Booking,
Betting and Beating the New Las Vegas and The Art of Gambling Through the
Ages. Considered one of the world's foremost experts in tournament play,
Curtis's top tournament wins include $76,000 in the World Matchplay Blackjack
Championship, $125,000 in the Atlantic City Craps Championship, $50,000 in the
Las Vegas Keno Championship and $60,000 in the Las Vegas Blackjack
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, visit http://www.toyota.com/philanthropy.
GolinHarris for Toyota
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.