While Jackson didn’t win yesterday’s race it looked like he still had a great time! Photos from the race/event have been added to the gallery including some adorable shots of him and baby Roe. Enjoy!
- Appearances > 2013 > 37th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race – Race Day
These celebrities aren’t pretending and this is not make believe. This is 10 laps of 1.97 miles each at 100-mile-per-hour plus speeds. It’s fast, and things can go wrong. And while it’s all done for charity and in good fun, a competitive mood fills the air in the People Magazine celebrity paddock where the drivers gather before getting in their fancy 210 HP Scion FR-S cars and ripping up the streets.
Rutlledge Wood, from TV’s Top Gear USA, won the pole position on Friday, April 19th as his lap time of 1:45.505 proved the fastest of a lineup that includes Mark Steines (Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family); actor Michael Trucco; Brett Davern from MTV; Medal of Honor Winner Dakota Meyer; actor Jeremy Sisto; comic Wanda Sykes; Olympic Gold Medalist Jessica Hardy; actress Jenna Elfman; Twilight movie star Jackson Rathbone and Latina star Kate De Castillo.
Wood’s Charity, a camp for special needs kids Victory Junction started by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, received a check from People Magazine for $15,000 for his fastest lap win.
People Magazine has had an ongoing commitment to the Miller’s Children Hospital of Long Beach CHOC, Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
“It’s incredible to be a part of something that has donated over two-million dollars for charity over the years,” the handsome Jackson Rathbone told me right before the race. He was kissing his wife and baby and about to get in to the car. Rathbone is part of a cultural phenomenon with the Twilight movies and as such has legions of young girls (and a few boys) worried about him in the race, particularly, harming his face.
“That’s hysterical,” he laughed. “I hope I don’t hurt any part of my body at all! Look, we had no idea vampires without fangs who lived in the woods basically was going to become what it did. Even when the first movie came out, we all just sat back with wonder and watched the phenomenon explode. It’s been quite a ride, much like this,” he concluded as he kissed his baby one more time before strapping on his helmet.
After the race it was all smiles and hugs, and the friendly spirit of competition surfaced again.
Jackson was joined by the family at yesterday’s Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Qualifying Day. A few photos from yesterday’s event have been added to the gallery.
And here’s a video from yesterday as well.
39th Annual Toyota Pro / Celebrity Race driver Jackson Rathbone tells us how his last TPCR practice went and the excitement witnessed on the course!
Quick Stats: Jackson Rathbone, actor
Daily Driver: 2012 Lexus RX450h (Jackson’s rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Favorite road trip: Los Angeles to Texas
Car he learned to drive in: 1996 Chevy Suburban
First car bought: Scion xB
“Twilight” will fans see a very competitive side of Jackson Rathbone tomorrow during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach celebrity race, where he’ll drive a race-prepped Scion FR-S. The actor, who is best known as Jasper Hale in the vampire saga, has a more relaxed attitude when it comes to dealing with Los Angeles traffic in his 2012 Lexus RX450h. “When L.A. gets too congested in traffic, sometimes I’ll pull over to a side street and take a nap in my car, waiting for the traffic to die down. I sleep very comfortably because the seats are so soft and cushiony,” he says, giving the daily driver a 9 out of 10 rating. “It would have been a 10, but it doesn’t have an espresso machine, so 9.” Rathbone loves his hybrid SUV, calling it “super comfy, economic, and roomy.”
Car he learned to drive in
Rathbone learned to drive in a hand-me-down SUV from his mom, and he says it’s still his favorite car. “My birthday’s a week after hers, so she got a new car and I got her old ’96 Suburban for my 16th birthday,” he says. “When I was 16, I was DJ-ing all over west Texas, so the Suburban was perfect for hauling all of my gear and still had room for four passengers. I remember a time where I was everyone’s ride to some dance and I had about 12 girls in the back of the Suburban, while my buddy Jon and I were riding high in the front. It was good times.”
Jackson, along with the rest of the TPCR drivers, went to see the patients at Miller Children’s hospital the other day. I’ve added a few photos from their visit to the gallery. Thanks to Miller Children’s Hospital twitter for the pictures!
And here’s a video from the visit as well.
Photos of Jackson at today’s 37th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Practice Day have been added to the gallery. Hopefully more to come!
Also, check out our first video from the event!
Toyota Racing asked fans to submit questions for celebrity racers and here is a great interview with Twilight star Jackson Rathbone
Volume I of the Spencer Bell Tribute album is officially out now! To order your copy, head on over to the Spencer Bell Legacy Project website. The album features a few familiar faces covering Spencer tracks including Ben Johnson, Ben Graupner and The Kissing Club. Jackson covers Spencer’s Acapella Gumdrop.
The Magic Bracelet facebook page has revealed the film’s very first poster as well as the red carpet premiere date.
The Magic Bracelet Film Premiere
Sat May 18th.
Writers Guild Theater-Beverly Hills, CA
RED CARPET 6 PM
Two old scans featuring Jackson from Bravo and Popstar! have been added to the gallery. The popstar scan features an old, but worth the read, interview with Jackson.
Thanks to WordTheatre’s facebook page, photos of Jackson at the West Hollywood Spring Series have been added to the gallery.
The Toyota Racing page for Jackson has used this semi-new Aim High still from season one, you can check out the fullsized version in the gallery. I’ve also added two behind the scenes images of Jackson with co-stars Natalia Fedner and Bear Badeaux from season one and two. Enjoy!