STREETS OF LONG BEACH, CA
April 15, 2012 on NBC
Rimes to sing National Anthem before Toyota Pro/Celebrity
Rimes will perform the national anthem on Saturday in
Long Beach, Calif.
BEACH, Calif. – Internationally renowned
singer LeAnn Rimes will open the ceremonies in Long Beach,
Calif., for the 36th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
on April 14 when she sings the national anthem. Following
LeAnn Rimes’ performance, stars from film, television,
music and sports will get behind the wheels of identically
prepared, race-ready Toyota Scion tCs to drive the historic
10-lap, 1.97-mile street circuit through the streets of
downtown Long Beach, Calif.
of the drivers participating in the race—which is
the world’s longest-running and most prestigious
celebrity racing event—include Oscar-winning actor
Adrien Brody, Mexican superstar Kate del Castillo, reality
star Brody Jenner, former UFC champion Cain Velasquez
and actor Eddie Cibrian, who is Ms. Rimes’ husband.
are honored that LeAnn Rimes has agreed to sing the ‘Star-Spangled
Banner’ before the race—and the fans trackside
will be thrilled to have the opportunity to hear her perform,”
said Les Unger, Toyota’s national motorsports manager.
“Her participation here will help bring even more
attention to the cause we at Toyota hold dear: children’s
hospitals and Racing for Kids.”
celebrity drivers all receive on-the-track training to
prepare for the glory of race day. In addition to the
excitement of participation, this event benefits children
in need. Toyota annually donates $5,000 to Racing for
Kids on behalf of each participant and another $5,000
to the winning racer’s charity of choice. Racing
for Kids—a national nonprofit program benefiting
children’s hospitals throughout the country—was
created as a way to connect these children with their
favorite celebrities and race-car drivers. Toyota has
donated more than $2 million to the Racing for Kids organization
since 1991, on behalf of the race and its participants.
The two specific children’s hospitals that benefit
from the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race are Miller Children’s
Hospital in Long Beach, Calif., and Children’s Hospital
of Orange County.
addition to Toyota’s contributions, a $15,000 donation
will be made in conjunction with the 15th-annual “People
Pole Award.” Sponsored by People magazine, the award
honors the pole-position winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity
Race qualifying session on Friday, April 13.
learn more about the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, one of
six main-event attractions taking place during the 38th
annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, go to
www.toyotaracing.com/, visit our Facebook page (Toyota
Racing), follow us on Twitter @ToyotaRacing
or join the conversation with the participants at #TPCR.
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