Rutledge Wood Takes Pole Position For The 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

   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
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

SOURCE Toyota Racing

Website: http://www.toyotaracing.com
 
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