LOS ANGELES (April 2009) – All of the drivers participating in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race as part of the 35th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will compete in a race ready Scion tC with brakes from StopTech, a leading innovator of world-class brake components and systems for production-based racing cars and high performance vehicles on the street and track. The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on April 18, 2009, will feature a wide range of celebrity drivers “getting racy” to raise funds for charity including Keanu Reeves, Adrien Brody, Alex Trebek and Carlos Mencia.
“StopTech is focused on giving production vehicles like the Scion tC extra stopping power through patented innovations for track and performance driving conditions such as the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race,” said Dino Crescentini, CEO of Centric Parts (, which includes the ultra-performance StopTech division ( Crescentini also drives for GMG Racing and will participate in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Series race, which is the final event of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.
As the world’s longest-running and most prestigious celebrity racing event, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race has introduced more than 500 celebrities to the sport of real race car competition. Pitting popular personalities against professional racers, the 10-lap sprint around the 1.97-mile downtown Long Beach street circuit gives celebrities the chance to put the pedal to the metal from behind the wheel of race-ready Scion tCs. 
Each Scion tC in the 2009 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will benefit from StopTech’s patented caliper bridge design along with two-piece rotors that make use of StopTech’s patented AeroHat and AeroRotor technologies. The rock solid calipers and dramatically increased cooling airflow provide shorter stopping distances, better brake modulation, and virtually eliminate brake fade. StopTech was the first to offer balanced brake upgrades for production cars and remains the worldwide leader with more than 700 platform offerings to dramatically improve overall braking performance.
This year’s field is comprised of 18 drivers including Hollywood superstar Keanu Reeves, Academy Award winner Adrien Brody, Raven-Symoné from “That’s So Raven” five-time Emmy award winning “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, Mary Lynn Rajskub from the FOX television series “24,”   Tim Daly from ABC’s “Private Practice,” Eric Close from “Without a Trace” on CBS, comedian Carlos Mencia, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, Jr., and more.
This year’s event will benefit Miller Children's Hospital at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California’s largest full-service children's hospital, and Children's Hospital of Orange County, which was the county’s first children’s hospital.  The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is just one of six races that are part of the 35th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which runs from April 16-19 and also includes two free concerts, lifestyle events and more. Visit for race weekend information.
# # #


To search for thousands of Centric Parts, click the link below.
To search for thousands of StopTech applications, click the link below.


Centric Parts does not sell directly to consumers. To ensure you are getting genuine Centric replacement brake parts please review the Consumer Pre-Purchase Checklist .


StopTech brake pads deliver optimum stopping performance over a wide range of driving conditions.

Read more



Import Vehicle Community logo blue white Tagline Small.png