Reckell topped celebs in '03

Updated: March 18, 2004, 12:22 PM ET
Associated Press

The lineup for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race that takes place during the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend is led by Sean Astin, one of the stars of the Oscar-winning film "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."

The 10-lap race on the 1.97-mile downtown Long Beach street circuit is scheduled for April 17. The event will help Toyota raise more than $100,000 for "Racing for Kids," a nonprofit program benefiting Southern California children's hospitals in Long Beach and Orange County.

Astin will be joined by rap/hip hop artist Lil' Kim, Frankie Munoz of the "Agent Cody Banks" films and Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle," Andrew Firestone of ABC's "The Bachelor," Carlos Bernard of Fox's "24," boxer Laila Ali, Andrea Parker of ABC's "Less Than Perfect," Chris McDonald of Fox's "Cracking Up," Melissa Joan Hart of ABC's "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," Liza Snyder of CBS' "Yes, Dear," and Tony Potts of "Access Hollywood."

Peter Reckell, a regular on NBC's "Days of Our Lives" soap, won last year's race as a celebrity and is returning this year to compete as a pro. He joins 2002 winner Dara Torres, an Olympic swimming champion, open-wheel and sports car racer Max Papis and jet boat racing champion Mike Follmer.

St. Louis Rams safety Jason Sehorn dropped out of the race because of a foot injury.

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