Gillette Young Guns teach Murray and other celebrities how to race for the checkered flag!
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 4, 2007) – The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) is pleased to announce that PBR Co-founder Ty Murray along with Jewel, Tony Hawk and William Shatner help make up the star-studded list of celebrities 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.” The seven-episode series will air on ABC prime time beginning Thursday, June 7 (8 – 8:30 p.m. ET). 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.
“The experience was a lot of fun. For the first time since I retired from bull riding, I felt the adrenaline rush of being in a dangerous situation and giving it all I had without weakening, “said Ty Murray, PBR Co-Founder and nine-time World Champion. “We [the contestants] were able to go fast enough to get into some dangerous situations. I think the fans will be in for some surprises when the show airs.”
“I hope these celebrities are ready to feel the real power of a stock car,” said Jimmie Johnson, the reigning NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion and member of the Gillette Young Guns. “We’re all really excited to share our knowledge of competitive racing to coach these stars. We’ll see who has what it takes to be the Champion.”
Other celebrity drivers will include 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.
The series will be hosted by ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne and co-hosted by former Cleveland Cavaliers center and current ESPN NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty.