I did get to watch the show that followed on ABC — Fast Cars & Superstars: Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race. Dubbed a NASCAR reality television show, it features six professional drivers coaching twelve celebrities at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The cars are provided by the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
the Gillette Young Guns:
- Kurt Busch
- Carl Edwards
- Jimmie Johnson
- Kasey Kahne
- Jamie McMurray
- Ryan Newman
- Krista Allen - actress (Days of Our Lives)
- Tony Hawk - skateboarder
- Ty Murray - rodeo champion, president of PBR
- Gabrielle Reece - pro volleyball player and fashion model
- William Shatner - actor (Star Trek, Boston Legal)
- Bill Cowher - former NFL head coach (Pittsburgh Steelers)
- John Salley - retired basketball player (Pistons, Bulls, Lakers)
- Jewel - singer ("You Were Meant For Me")
- John Cena - pro wrestler (World Wrestling Entertainment)
- Laird Hamilton - surfer
- John Elway - former NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos)
- Serena Williams - Olympic gold medalist, tennis player
Six half-hour episodes with an hour-long finale. They've got time trials (three laps) and an accuracy challenge (?).
Last night Kurt Busch (who today was docked 100 driver points and fined $100,000) led Hamilton, Elway and Williams around the track. Serena averaged 136 miles per hour, achieving her goal of driving faster than her tennis serve. Her sister Isha Price was cheering her on. John Elway averaged 148 mph. His girlfriend Paige Green was there. Laird Hamilton, the big-wave surfer with the terrifyingly single-minded focus, had the fastest time at 149 mph. Bet you didn't know he's been married to volleyball player Gabrielle Reece since 1997. It looked like she had on her lap their three-year-old daughter Reece Viola Hamilton.
So Serena was eliminated like she has been from the French Open. On Sunday, after the Game 2 of the NBA finals, you'll see Jimmy Johnson working with Krista Allen, Tony Hawk and Ty Murray. ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne and former Cleveland Cavaliers center and current ESPN NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty are the hosts. (Boring show.)