Stars have need for 'Speed'
Actors Keanu Reeves and Adrien Brody headline the 33rd Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race field
Marcia C. Smith
LONG BEACH- Celebrities shouldn't drive. It's too difficult to operate a vehicle safely and be extraordinarily famous at the same time. Who has time to see the traffic screech to a stop in front of you when you're watching your windswept bangs in the rearview mirror?
Just look at the traffic record of Lindsay Lohan, who has been in three crashes in the last two months. Fortunately, Lohan will not be among the field of 18 in the 33rd Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on Saturday.
But actors Keanu Reeves and Adrien Brody, "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek and "That's So Raven" Symone will jump behind the wheels of race-ready Toyota Scion tC's for 10 laps on the 1.97-mile street course through downtown Long Beach.
Reeves, the actor best known for the science fiction franchise "Matrix," and the action hit "Speed," will drive stick and try to beat out his fellow beared racer, Brody. Wonder how many times the "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" star will say "Whoa"? (I suggest none. - Ani)
Last year's Writer's Guild strike and Hollywood's working around the clock to fill a TV schedule created a 2008 Toyota Pro/Almost Celebrity/Has Been Race. This year's event, thankfully, has drawn actual famous people with great hair – and facial hair - perhaps stealing the show from Sunday's IndyCar spectacle of the Long Beach Grand Prix.
Qualifying is Friday. Let the moving violations begin.