"This year's race was, by far, one of the most competitive ever," said Les Unger, national motorsports manager with Toyota Motor Sales. "The racing field was filled with drivers who take life to the extreme - and their incredible drive to perform was evidenced today. That's what the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is all about."
Reckell, who yesterday earned the PEOPLE Pole Award as the top celebrity qualifier, led the race from start to finish but had to fend off a tough challenge early on from "Monster Garage" host Jesse James, who finished second overall. Adam Carolla, host of "The Man Show" and "Crank Yankers" also ran a strong race, finishing third overall.
In the professional category, McGrath battled former Pro/Celebrity winner Josh Brolin (NBC's "Mister Sterling"), ALMS driver Milka Duno and NASCAR racer Shawna Robinson, winning the top spot for the pros and finishing fourth overall.
The final standings for the field are: Overall Winner: 1. Peter Reckell - 18:14.894 Celebrity Category: 2. Jesse James - 18:16.990 3. Adam Carolla - 18:38.641 4. Dave Pasant - 18:58.695 5. Angie Everhart - 18:59.923 6. Picabo Street - 19:16.845 7. Bud Gordon - 19:20.051 8. Tommy Shane Steiner - 16:43.400 9. Steve Hartman - 19:06.587 10. Buzz Aldrin - 19:59.704 Pro Category: 1. Jeremy McGrath - 18:41.759 2. Josh Brolin - 18:44.163 3. Milka Duno - 18:48.874 4. Shawna Robinson - 18:50.562 5. Leilani Munter - 19:01.247
During the last 12 years, Toyota has raised more than $1 million for "Racing for Kids," a national fund-raising program to benefit children's hospitals in Long Beach and Orange counties through its involvement with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The 10-lap race will be broadcast in its entirety on ESPN 2 on May 3.