Rutledge Wood Wins The 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

            Rutledge Wood Wins The 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

Last Year's Victor Adam Carolla Triumphs in the Professional Category

PR Newswire

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 20, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- History Channel series
"Top Gear USA" and Fox Sports/SPEED racing commentator Rutledge Wood won the
2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, triumphing over a field of film, television,
music and sports stars in the annual charity racing event. The roaring crowd
witnessed the stunning performance by Wood who started the race from the pole
position in his Scion FR-S race car. Last year's race winner and comedian Adam
Carolla finished first in the Pro category.

Wood, who took the top starting spot for the race in Saturday's qualifying,
gave up the lead early on to Hallmark channel host of "Home & Family" Mark
Steines before the four-time participant finished fifth in the 10-lap event.
MTV's "Awkward" star Brett Davern made a late run for the trophy as he closed
in on the lead but ran out of track time before the checkered flag waved.

"I decided this year that I should drive like I knew how instead of being
nervous that I was going to wreck," said Wood. "I can't believe it. I feel
great. A huge thanks to Adam Carolla, too. Adam helped me so much last year,
and he helped me a lot this year, too. Some of those people were so fast that
I have no idea how I stayed in front of them. The FR-S is awesome."

"The pace of this race was extremely fast and competitive," said Les Unger,
national motorsports manager with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "There was some
exciting action in the field that had the fans out of their seats.
Congratulations to Rutledge Wood and Adam Carolla for their victories. A
special thanks to all this year's participants. All their enthusiasm is,
ultimately, for a great cause, and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is proud to
be able to make it happen."

Carolla spent the duration of the race battling to overcome the Pros'
24-second handicap, quickly weaving through the field. The host of the
acclaimed comedy podcast "Adam Carolla Show" and co-creator of "The Man Show"
Carolla was happy to stand on the victory stage alongside Wood and said, "I
started amongst the Pros -- last overall. Those guys are great drivers and I'm
sure if we did this 10 more times, someone else would win it at least
nine-and-a-half of them."

Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer got loose and spun out, but regained
control of his Scion FR-S race car to finish fourth. Mexican actress Kate del
Castillo was the top female finisher with a 10th-place showing.

Toyota will donate $5,000 to Racing for Kids in the name of each participant,
for a total of $90,000, and an additional $5,000 to Victory Junction on behalf
of Wood. Racing for Kids is a national nonprofit program benefiting children's
hospitals in Long Beach and Orange County, Calif. Toyota has donated more than
$2 million on behalf of the race and its participants to various children's
hospitals since 1991.

Additionally, a $15,000 donation was made in conjunction with the annual
People Pole Award. Sponsored by People magazine, the award was given to Wood's
charity of choice, Victory Junction.

The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is scheduled to be broadcast on SPEED Channel on
Saturday, May 4, and will be re-air numerous times. (See local listings or
www.speedtv.com for details.)

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.

FINAL RACE RESULTS


Pos Class     Name              Laps Time
1   Celebrity Rutledge Wood     10   17:52.724
2   Celebrity Brett Davern      10   17:54.257
3   Celebrity Michael Trucco    10   17:58.176
4   Celebrity Dakota Meyer      10   18:03.838
5   Celebrity Mark Steines      10   18:04.343
6   Pro       Adam Carolla      10   18:05.178
7   Pro       Tyler Clary       10   18:06.289
8   Celebrity Glen Faber        10   18:14.629
9   Celebrity Dave Pasant       10   18:15.983
10  Celebrity Kate Del Castillo 10   18:18.578
11  Celebrity Jeremy Sisto      10   18:27.547
12  Pro       Melanie Troxel    10   18:29.547
13  Celebrity Jenna Elfman      10   18:30.718
14  Celebrity Carter Lay        10   18:45.324
15  Celebrity Jessica Hardy     10   19:13.594
16  Celebrity Jackson Rathbone  10   19.14.943
17  Pro       Andy Bell         9    18:30.003
18  Celebrity Wanda Sykes       9    18:58.968



CONTACT:


Les Unger Rebecca Lee
Toyota Racing                 GolinHarris for Toyota
310-468-4709               213-438-8827
les_unger@toyota.com                  rlee@golinharris.com
Erika Romero         Sharon Noot
Toyota Racing                Noot Incorporated
310-468-3948             714-527-7735
erika_romero@toyota.com                   sharon@nootinc.com

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