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Inside The 2015 TGPLB Pro/Celebrity Race

May 6th, 2015 12:10pm EDT
Dave Pasant Takes Us Inside The 2015 TGPLB Pro/Celebrity Race
Alfonso Ribeiro might have driven away with this year's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race, but don't overlook Dave Pasant, who won the Celebrity category in his sixth attempt at the charity battle at 'The Beach.'

Finally climbing onto the podium after all these years is one accomplishment, but more importantly than that, Dave is a memorable figure in both Pro/Celebrity Race and overall Grand Prix of Long Beach history. With those half-dozen trips around the track, he's donated an estimated half million dollars to Racing For Kids, assisting children's hospitals. He's also o...
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Bye Daddy -- Danica Patrick Loses Top NASCAR Sponsor

April 30th, 2015 4:23pm EDT
Danica Patrick
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Danica Patrick is losing her primary sponsor, GoDaddy.com, the webhosting service (we like these guys better anyway) service that has sponsored her number-10 Chevrolet race car.

Patrick is currently in the last year of her contract with Stewart-Haas Racing, and she'll be seeking out new sponsorship and hopes to re-sign with the racing organization and land a new sponsor.

"It is our intent to continue raising our performance bar with all four Stewart-Haas Racing teams and delivering results to our constituents now and in the future," executive VP Brett Frood said i...
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Ryan Hunter-Reay Aims For Three

April 26th, 2015 12:09pm EDT
Ryan Hunter-Reay Aims For Three At Barber Motorsports Park
When you talk about the American presence in IndyCar, you start with Ryan Hunter-Reay. The Texas-born Verizon IndyCar Series driver is the defending Indianapolis 500 champion, won the series championship in 2012, and was Rookie of the Year in 2007. He's one of those names you always look for at the top of the results sheet.

This week, IndyCar heads to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, where Ryan will be aiming to win his third straight Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. We caught up with him earlier this week to discuss how he feels going into today's race and the overall life...
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'Insurgent' Actor Mekhi Phifer On The Pro/Celebrity Race

April 21st, 2015 12:08pm EDT
Mekhi Phifer's Memorable TGPLB Pro/Celebrity Race
So, Mekhi Phifer had an interesting Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race.

The Insurgent and ER actor (pictured above with 2013 race winner Brett Davern) was making his first appearance in the charity motorsports event on Saturday, and celebrated that fact by putting his car into a tire wall - not once, but twice. He did still finish the race, and we caught up with him both before and after his eventful day to talk about it.

"I'm feeling great about it," he told us prior to Friday's qualifying session. "It's a fun event and I'm just planning on having fun. It's for charity. I...
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Josef Newgarden Charging Forward

April 20th, 2015 12:03pm EDT
Verizon IndyCar Series
Last September, we shone the spotlight on Josef Newgarden and told you how he was in prime position to excel in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The 2015 season is here, and he's been making big strides in that very direction.

We caught up with Josef before Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach to ask him what it's like racing for Ed Carpenter (above right with Josef) as one-half of the roster fo the newly formed CFH Racing, how the new aero kits have changed the game for all the IndyCar drivers, and what he believes it will take to push him to the top.

Perhaps the most intriguing headline ...
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Alfonso Ribeiro Wins

April 19th, 2015 12:03pm EDT
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
Alfonso Ribeiro isn't just an actor, he's one heck of a race car driver. On Saturday, the Dancing with the Stars season 19 champ nailed down his third Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race - and did it in style, with perhaps one of the greatest outings in the history of the event.

We caught up with Alfonso shortly after his victory to ask him what it was like to lead the field of celebrity drivers for more than half the race and how being a three-time TGPLB Pro/Celebrity Race champion compares to his previous competition triumphs.

The first thing you have to know is that Alfo...
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Is This Joshua Morrow's Year?

April 18th, 2015 12:03pm EDT
Is This The Year That 'Y&R' Star Joshua Morrow Becomes A Champio
Joshua Morrow has a Soap Opera Digest Award for his role as Nicholas "Nick" Newman on The Young and the Restless. But for years now, he's had his sights on bringing home another achievement: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race winner.

Today he gets his fourth shot at making that dream a reality, and we checked in with him just before he earned the pole position during Friday's qualifying session to ask him about his history with the race and with one of the other participants.

"I feel pretty good about my chances," he told us. "I feel very comfortable in the car. This is my...
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Starpulse Hits The Track

April 16th, 2015 12:04pm EDT
Starpulse Hits The Track At The Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is one of the premier events in open-wheel motor racing, and race weekend is roughly 24 hours away. But what's it like to actually get out on the Long Beach track? We answered that question recently when we climbed in for a ride around America's best street circuit.

Firstly, if you're not familiar with open-wheel racing or motor racing in general, driving at Long Beach is not like NASCAR. The Grand Prix track is a "street course," which means exactly what it sounds like: the circuit is constructed literally on the streets of Long Beach.

People have been...
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Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach Kicks Off This Friday

April 15th, 2015 12:09pm EDT
2015 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach: Storylines To Watch For Th
One of the best motor racing weekends in the country is just days away, so it's time to make sure you're in the know. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach kicks off this Friday, April 17, bringing the Verizon IndyCar Series and TGPLB Pro/Celebrity Race to the streets of Southern California.

2015 is poised to be one of the most exciting TGPLB years yet, but to fully enjoy the experience you have to be aware of just what's going on. Read on to find out the top stories in both IndyCar and Pro/Celebrity heading into this weekend.

When it comes to the Verizon IndyCar Series, Long Beach is an ea...
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Interview With IndyCar Driver Scott Dixon

April 7th, 2015 12:20pm EDT
Scott Dixon: The Driver Setting IndyCar's Gold Standard
If motor racing had a sure thing, it would be Scott Dixon. Since making his debut in the 2003 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Dixon has earned three championships, two Rolex 24 at Daytonas, and one Indianapolis 500.

He hasn't finished lower than fourth in the series since 2006. Oh, and he's the winningest active driver in IndyCar history, while having spent his entire tenure with Chip Ganassi Racing. You may as well just call him Mr. Consistency.

What's the key to Dixon's continued success? And what's it like for him to watch this current IndyCar season, with all of its changes off-track w...
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