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: THE TODAY SHOW, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

‘MAMMA MIA!’ KERRY SANDERS TAKES A RIDE WITH MARIO ANDRETTI

By: Kerry Sanders, The Today Show

In honor of this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, racing legend Mario Andretti took NBC’s Kerry Sanders on the ride of his life.tdy_sanders_andretti2_150419.today-front-large

75-year-old Andretti brought Sanders on two laps around the track, reaching speeds up to 170 mph.

Sanders also spent time in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity compound chatting with actors Alfonso Ribiero and Donna Feldman and Olympic swimmer Dara Torres.

The Today Show broadcasted live from Graham Rahal’s Steak N’ Shake compound on Sunday morning before the Verizon IndyCar race.

To view the live Today Show hit from Long Beach click here. To watch a video of Kerry Sanders ride with Mario Andretti click here.

MEDIA RELATIONS: KCAL 9 LOS ANGELES, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

ACTRESS TRICIA HELFER, ACTOR ROBERT PATRICK DISCUSS TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH PRO/CELEBRITY RACE

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity race participants, Tricia Helfer and Robert Patrick visited the KCAL 9 studio in Studio City to talk7481215_G about their experience in Long Beach’s biggest event of the year.

Heller was participating in her second Pro/Celebrity race, while Patrick was participating in his first.

This was the 39th running of the Pro/Celebrity race.

To watch the full episode click here to be directed to CBS Los Angeles.

MEDIA RELATIONS: GAYLE ANDERSON, KTLA 5 LOS ANGELES, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

KTLA’s Gayle Anderson provided exceptional wall-to-wall coverage of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race.promo252689456

Gayle Anderson and KTLA’s coverage began on Press Practice Day in Long Beach, where the Pro/Celebrity drivers got their first opportunity to take to the streets of Long Beach after four days of training on the Streets of Willow near Palmdale, Calif.

Then Gayle provided daily coverage of race weekend beginning with Pro/Celebrity qualifying and ending with the actual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity race.

Seventy Seven Enterprises was able to secure several interviews with Gayle and KTLA including Pro/Celebrity drivers Antron Brown and Alfonso Ribiero, and IndyCar drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal.

To view Gayle’s coverage of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity race click here.

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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