William Fitchner Is Celebrity Favorite in 2011 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

Stars from film, television, music, sports and fashion will be lining up for this year’s Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on April 16, competing on race-ready Scion tCs on the historic 10-lap, 1.97-mile street circuit. Among them, Prison Break and Entourage star William Fitchner has been selected as celebrity favorite by Las Vegas handicapper Anthony Curtis.

“It’s the actor’s third race (he came in fourth when he drove in 2008), and he trained for three days. That dedication—and a sense of friendly competition with his pal Kim Coates—could help propel him toward the front of the pack,” Curtis says.

Professional driver Kody Swanson and actor–turned–pro racer Frankie Muniz are projected to battle it out for the coveted overall first-place spot.

“This race, which Muniz has run four times since 2004, holds a special place in his heart—it was after his 2005 win that he decided to pursue racing professionally. It may be just the inspiration he needs to land him at the front of the pack,” Curtis says about Muniz. “Swanson and Green were the only pro racers to opt in for all four days of training. Perhaps Swanson felt he needed the full four sessions to get accustomed to four extra gears—the midget cars he usually races only have one,” he added.

Curtis, president of and one of the world's most recognized and quoted gambling authorities, has been handicapping the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race for many years.

"I've driven this track," said Curtis. "And I've watched drivers train, and it's exciting to see the thrill of competition a group displays—but they still have a lot of fun out there. It's really rewarding to know that their drive to win is rooted in caring about a good cause. Children in need will be the winners here, regardless of which car crosses the finish line first.”
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