The 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach may be more than a month away, but some famous folks got the green flag Thursday when they were announced as drivers for "Revved Up to Race," the 37th annual pro/celebrity race that serves as a warm-up for the main event.
Jackson Rathbone of "Twilight," Jesse Metcalfe of "Dallas" and "Desperate Housewives," and funny lady Wanda Sykes are only a few of the those who'll be getting behind the wheel of identical new 210-horsepower Scion FR-S race vehicles and burning through 10 laps in downtown Long Beach on April 20.
The event not only benefits Racing for Kids, a national fundraising program supporting U.S. children's hospitals, but, according to Toyota national motorsports manager Les Unger, allows the celebs to "feel the rush behind the wheel on the famous Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach track."
One tough guy to watch on the curvy 1.97-mile course: former Marine and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, who served in Afghanistan and has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the Hiring Our Heroes program. And one tough girl: multiple world-record holder and 2012 Olympic medalist in swimming Jessica Hardy, a Long Beach native.