MEDIA RELATIONS: LOS ANGELES TIMES, TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY RACE

Alfonso Ribeiro wins the Pro/Celebrity race at Grand Prix of Long Beach

 By: Associated Press, Los Angeles Times

Alfonso Ribeiro won the 40th and final Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, a fan521597674 favorite event at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Ribeiro was also the celebrity winner in 1994 and 1995, and the Pro winner in 2015. The host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” also won “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014.

“I owe an awful lot to the city of Long Beach, they’ve been so supportive, and to Toyota, 40 years putting on this fantastic Pro/Celebrity Race and promoting Long Beach the way they have,” Ribeiro said.

Max Papis won the Pro category by finishing 4.872 seconds behind Ribeiro.

“It is just an amazing event and who won was the kids this event supports,” said Papis. “This is the best street course in America, maybe the world.”

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MEDIA RELATIONS: YAHOO, TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY RACE

‘Fresh Prince’ Star Alfonso Ribeiro Wins Last Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at Long Beach Grand Prix

By: Debbie Emery,  Yahoo/The Wrap

“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro proved he still knows how to live life in the fast lane this past weekend when he won the final ever Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Long Beach Grand Prix in California.

la-sp-long-beach-grand-prix-celebrity-race-201-001He beat out star drivers including Adam CarollaFrankie MunizBrian Austin Green and fellow “Silver Spoons” alum Ricky Schroder at the 40th annual race, which ends after this year.

The “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host, who is also a past “Dancing With the Stars” champion, was the celebrity winner in 1994 and 1995, and the Pro winner in 2015.

Ribeiro actually credited Schroder for getting him into the racing scene, telling TheWrap before the race: “I came here with him, hung out during the practice and had a blast … I fell in love with it. Several years later they asked me to do it and there was no way I was going to say no.

“In these cars, we get up to 120 mph, but in my real professional driving, I’ve reached 190,” he revealed. “It’s good fun!”

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MEDIA RELATIONS: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY RACE

Stephen Baldwin, Al Unser, Jr. to Compete in Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

By: Michael Walker, The Hollywood Reporter

Stephen Baldwin and Adam Carolla are among the Hollywood gearheads joining professional race drivers like two-time Indy 500 champion Al Unser, Jr. in the 40th Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, set to be held April 16 on the streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif.

Keanu Reeves and Al Unser, Jr. at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2009.

Keanu Reeves and Al Unser, Jr. at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2009.

Baldwin, Carolla and other returning celebrity drivers, including Brian Austin Green, Alfonso Ribeiro and Olympic medalist Dara Torres, the first woman to win the race, were chosen to compete with pro drivers who had won in previous years.

The contestants will all drive 210 hp Scion FR-S cars upgraded to racing specs on the 1.97-mile street course. The race benefits the Racing for Kids charitable organization that supports children’s hospitals in the U.S.

This will be the final year for the pro-am race, which is held in conjunction with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the world’s second-oldest grand prix.

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