Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Scion , Toyota , Celebrities Rutledge Wood took home the checkered flag at this year’s Toyota Pro/Celebrity race at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Top Gear USA presenter, Fox Sports commentator and Honda Wagovan owner managed to take pole position in qualifying, but lost his lead early in the race to Mark Steines. Steines has competed in the Pro/Celebrity race four times so far, but the Hallmark channel host of Home and Family couldn’t quite hold on to the lead. Wood eventually made up the ground he had lost for the win. This year, all the participants went fender to fender in identically prepared Scion FR-S racers. Meanwhile, Adam Carolla took first in the Pro category, and Toyota donated $5,000 on behalf of each participant to Racing for Kids. The charity benefits children’s hospitals in the Long Beach area, and this year Toyota donated a total of $90,000. Check out the full press release below for more information. Continue reading Rutledge Wood wins Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach Rutledge Wood wins Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 21 Apr 2013 11:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .
Dancing With The Stars’ Maksim Chmerkovskiy to Serve as Grand Marshal for 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
LONG BEACH, Calif., April 8, 2013 –“Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer and popular cast member Maksim Chmerkovskiy will bring his ballroom flair to the 37th Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race as grand marshal of the long-running, prestigious charitable event. Chmerkovskiy will be joined by singer and former “American Idol” contestant Paul McDonald, who will open the race by performing the national anthem.