Toyota’s annual pro/celebrity exhibition race, held in conjunction with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, sometimes stretches the concept of “celebrity” fairly far to fill out the ol’ starting grid—but this time around, there will be at least one true superstar on the circuit. Of course, it’s not an actual driver; it’s the 2013 Scion FR-S.
The affordable rear-wheel-drive sports car has become one of the hottest rides in America thanks to its dramatic exterior styling, razor-sharp reflexes and athletic powertrain. In fact, in just the few months since it went on sale, the 2013 Scion FR-S already has been named:
- Hottest Sport Compact of the 2012 SEMA Show
- One of Car and Driver magazine’s 10Best Cars of 2013
- Car of the Year by AutoGuide.com
- Among the “Best of 2013” by Cars.com
- U.S. News & World Report’s Best Sports Car for the Money
- Compact Car of the Year by Autobytel.com
Scheduled as a support event for the third round of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series, the pro/celeb race will be held on the famed street course of Long Beach, Calif., on April 20, 2013. The Long Beach weekend (April 19-21) also will feature Indy Lights, Motegi Super Drift and Stadium SUPER Trucks competitions, as well as races from the American Le Mans Series and Pirelli World Championship Series.
For more info, visit www.gplb.com—as in Grand Prix of Long Beach—or click on through for a more in-depth look at the 2013 Scion FR-S racer and this year’s roster of pro/celeb driviers.