Stars Will Race to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project®
Eleven well-known names in the entertainment world are about to suit up, strap on helmets, and buckle into 450-horsepower, NASCAR-style stock cars. This special celebrity race will take place at Irwindale Speedway, located about 25 miles East of Hollywood.
Set for the evening of Saturday, September 27 and benefiting Wounded Warrior Project®, celebrities from television, sports, and film will be racing identical S2, tube-framed, fiberglass-bodied stock cars, each powered by a full race 450-horsepower V-8 engine.
This special celebrity race is the feature event for a night of championship NASCAR racing on the wide, fast, banked Irwindale oval. Scheduled to put pedals to the metal on the 27th are:
- Corbin Bleu - "High School Musical," "Dancing With the Stars"
- Matt D'Andria - GQ's "Car Collectors," Co-Host "Car Cast"
- Brett Davern - MTV's "Awkward"
- Doug Fregin - Co-founder Research In Motion, makers of BlackBerry
- Brian Austin Green - "Anger Management," "Beverly Hills, 90210"
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar - "Franklin & Bash," "Saved by the Bell"
- Tricia Helfer - "Battlestar Galactica," "Killer Women"
- Nathan Kress - "iCarly," "Into The Storm"
- Mark Kriski - KTLA 5 Meteorologist
- Tito Ortiz - former UFC Champion, Hall of Famer
- Erik Valdez - "Graceland," "General Hospital"
"We really have an all-star 'cast' for this race," said track President /CEO Jim Cohan. "We truly appreciate all of the celebrities' personal commitments to making this a great event for Wounded Warrior Project®. There are no stand-ins or stunt doubles for this one. Each of these celebrities have put in many hours of training and practice on the racetrack here at Irwindale," he went on. "They're all learning that controlling a fast stock car on a fast race course like this one is a complex job ... they're learning their 'lines' well!"
The special celebrity charity event will be part of a full night of NASCAR racing that will see racing machines from the very smallest with Universal Studios Hollywood Bandoleros (starting age to race is 8 years old), to the Lucas Oil Late Models, Irwindale Race Trucks, Super Stocks, Seidner's Collision Centers Mini-Stocks, and the INEX Legend Cars.
About Wounded Warrior Project®
Wounded Warrior Project is recognizing its ten-year anniversary, reflecting on a decade of service and reaffirming its commitment to serving injured veterans for their lifetime.The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP currently serves more than 54,000 warriors and 7,500 family members through its unique 20 programs and services. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.