MEDIA RELATIONS: CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

WILLIE GAULT FOLLOWS WALTER PAYTON’S RUN AT TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

By Adam Jahns, Chicago Sun-Times

Following in Walter Payton’s footsteps is never a bad thing, and that’s exactly what former NFL receiver Willie Gault is doing in the 39th Toyota Willie-Gault-Car-1Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity race on Saturday.

Gault is the second former Bears player to participate in the notable charity race, which is part of the 41st annual Toyota Grand Prix. Payton was the first. Other former NFL players, including Hall of Fame quarterbacks John Elway, Joe Montana and Jim Kelly, have taken part in the event.

“Walter was one of the first ones twalterpayton-600x420o do it and I think he did really well,” Gault said in a phone interview. “But he had a Lamborghini. He was a fast driver anyway.”

Gault, the Bears’ leading receiver during their Super Bowl season in 1985, said he’s always been a racing fan, coming from Georgia. He grew up 20 minutes away from the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gault later became friends with driver Danny Sullivan, who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1985.

He’s got plenty of respect for race car drivers.

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