June 07, 2007 12:04 AM by Joe Blackmon
Celebrities including Jewel, Tony Hawk, Serena Williams and William
Shatner are dreaming of life in the fast lane as they race to the
finish in the new reality show, "Fast Cars & Superstars — Gillette
Young Guns Celebrity Race," a seven-episode series to premiere
THURSDAY, JUNE 7 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET) on ABC. Twelve celebrity drivers
will partner with the Gillette Young Guns – six of stock car racing’s
most talented and popular drivers – to learn what it takes to win on
the race track.
The show will explore the interaction of top young stock car drivers with stars from the world of sports, music and entertainment, featuring drama and competition on and off the race track. In each episode, viewers will watch celebrities train with a Gillette Young Guns driver. The show will culminate in a one-hour finale where the celebrities will be coached from the pits by their Gillette Young Guns instructors, and compete against each other during a time-trial race.
In the premiere, "Episode 101," Kurt Busch pushes John Elway to the limit in the cars.com car, Laird Hamilton confirms that nothing scares him and Serena Williams screams her way to shattering her own personal challenge.
The series is hosted by ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne and co-hosted by former Cleveland Cavaliers center and current ESPN NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty.
Celebrity Drivers are singer Jewel, actor William Shatner, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, actress Krista Allen, seven-time World All-Around Rodeo Champion Ty Murray, former NBA Champion John Salley, former NFL Super Bowl Champion John Elway, World Wrestling Entertainment Champion John Cena, tennis star Serena Williams, volleyball great and model Gabrielle Reece, legendary surfer Laird Hamilton and former NFL Super Bowl-winning Head Coach Bill Cowher. Gillette Young Guns are Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray.
"Fast Cars & Superstars – Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race" was co-created by BBDO and Gillette and produced by Radical Media in association with Embassy Row Sports.