Rutledge Wood Takes Pole Position For The 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race PR Newswire LONG BEACH, Calif., April 19, 2013 LONG BEACH, Calif., April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rutledge Wood was awarded the celebrity pole position after turning the quickest lap during qualifying for the 37th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. Wood, co-host of the History channel series "Top Gear USA" and Fox Sports/SPEED racing commentator, drove his 210-horsepower Scion FR-S around the 1.97-mile street course in downtown Long Beach with a lap time of 1:46.505. "Rutledge proved he's a racer at heart," said Les Unger, national motorsports manager with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "He returned to the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race this year to improve his performance -- and he succeeded. All the drivers did a great job today and will be ready to put on an impressive show in Saturday's race." Wood named the charity Victory Junction Gang Camp as the designee for a $15,000 donation awarded in conjunction with the 16th annual People Pole Award. "I want to say a big thanks to People for doing this. Big thanks to Toyota. This is going to send a lot of kids to camp in North Carolina at Victory Junction. It's the happiest place I've ever been on earth. It's an amazing place where every kid can do everything from the ropes course to the pool." In odds given by professional handicapper Anthony Curtis, Wood was consistently among the favorites, and proved experience counts now in his second showing in the celebrity event. Curtis has been studying and handicapping the drivers throughout March and April. He offers his insights solely for entertainment purposes on www.lasvegasadvisor.com. (There will be no actual wagering on the outcome of the race.) Mark Steines, Emmy award-winning journalist and host of Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family," will start second followed by Michael Trucco from SyFy's acclaimed series "Battlestar Galactica" as the top-three celebrities in Saturday's race. The celebrity drivers will get a 30-second advantage over the professional drivers at the start of Saturday's race. In the professional category, Tyler Clary scored the fastest driving time in the same session, followed closely by Andy Bell and Adam Carolla (last year's overall race winner, driving this year in the pro category). Toyota will donate $5,000 to Racing for Kids in the name of each participant and an additional $5,000 to the winning racer's charity of choice. 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. Saturday's race starts at 11:45 a.m. PDT. 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. STARTING GRID Pos Class Name Lap Time 1 Celebrity Rutledge Wood 1:46.505 2 Celebrity Mark Steines 1:46.885 3 Celebrity Michael Trucco 1:47.027 4 Celebrity Glen Faber 1:47.939 5 Celebrity Brett Davern 1:47.973 6 Celebrity Dakota Meyer 1:48.110 7 Celebrity Dave Pasant 1:48.306 8 Celebrity Kate del Castillo 1:48.750 9 Celebrity Jeremy Sisto 1:49.239 10 Celebrity Jackson Rathbone 1:49.321 11 Celebrity Jenna Elfman 1:51.140 12 Celebrity Jessica Hardy 1:51.886 13 Celebrity Carter Lay 1:52.050 14 Celebrity Wanda Sykes 2:02.651 15 Pro Tyler Clary 1:45.569 16 Pro Andy Bell 1:45.992 17 Pro Adam Carolla 1:46.218 18 Pro Melanie Troxel 1:48.597 CONTACT: Les Unger Rebecca Lee Toyota Racing GolinHarris for Toyota 310-468-4709 213-438-8827 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Erika Romero Sharon Noot Toyota Racing Noot Incorporated 310-468-3948 714-527-7735 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com SOURCE Toyota Racing Website: http://www.toyotaracing.com
Rutledge Wood Takes Pole Position For The 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
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