• Pedantic point of order – Toyota still sponsors the Indycar race, which is officially the "Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach." They did discontinue the Pro/Celebrity race though.

    • You said it before I could. My Father-in-law was a marketing Exec for Toyota NA and pretty much ran this event back in the late 70's/early 80's. Tons of great stories from him about celeb misbehavior and general diva-ism that he had to corral/accommodate.

    • Yeah — I meant that Toyota pulled support from the Pro/Celebrity race. Actually, scuttlebutt in the media tent at the 2017 race was that it might the last Toyota LBGP race because of the big move, but it has lasted at least one more year…and we should all pray for many more!

    • Word. I'm also 100% positive this car has been repainted. Craig T. Nelson and Donny Osmond drove Celicas that looked like this in 1991:

      [image src=" media.gettyimages.com/photos/donny-osmond-during-1991-toyota-procelebrity-benefit-race-at-toyota-picture-id117926738?k=6&m=117926738&s=612×612&w=0&h=4yuWQos2Rsh4O1Q2kIHNZIMH_B8wAGWaPGIHhtR96mw=" width="400px"/]

    • there I fixed it

      [image src=" media.gettyimages.com/photos/donny-osmond-during-1991-toyota-procelebrity-benefit-race-at-toyota-picture-id117926738" width="400px"/]

      or if not

      media.gettyimages.com/photos/donny-osmond-during-1991-toyota-procelebrity-benefit-race-at-toyota-picture-id117926738

  • The LeMons Supreme Court would penalize this with laps totaling a distance more celestial than terrestrial. Plus, to even take the green Phil would demand the team discover which celebrity actually drove this is period and cosplay said celebrity’s most illustrative media moment in the most humiliating way. Of course, extra Phil Points if you stay in character all weekend. Oh, and if there are communists and banana hammocks involved, too.

    • And the IRONY of all IRONY is that this car would have about a ZERO point ZERO percent chance of taking the checkered flag at recent 24Hrs of LeMons race. MAYBE with a 22gallon fuel cell it could play the tortoise…but all the modified V8 powered junk out there would murder it around a fast track.

    • This,
      Exactly.
      How many times have you quietly smiled and shook your head at the riot act Phil levied on teams that have the audacity to show up with a late model whatever that has the lay-popular reputation as a “fast” car, knowing full well that their class A day is going to either a) end in an unceremonious display of BF-overkill ass-hattery, or b) end with them somewhere between the bottom third of the Bs and the top contender for IOE?

      As for the v8 craziness, yeah. It’s gotten pretty loud out there. Oh, wait…

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