Nick Wechsler joined pro racers and celebrities in 2014’s “Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race”. The annual 10-lap auto race held each April raises money for “Racing for Kids”, which is a national fund-raising program benefiting children’s hospitals in Long Beach and Orange County since 1991.
Nick Wechsler said to the Long Beach Post, that he had never driven a manual transmission before he agreed to participate in the race. “I was dragging my feet because I didn’t know if this was going to be my thing,” Wechsler told the media. “Now that I have done it, it is my thing … I love it.”
He also did an interview with Motor Trend. Read a snippet below and head on over to www.motortrend.com for the full interview.
Celebrity Drive: Nick Wechsler of ‘Revenge’
He Loves His Lexus And Envisions His Beetle Doing Something Obscene
This weekend is the 38th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race where actor Nick Wechsler of ABC’s “Revenge” will be joining competitors like “Amazing Race” host Phil Keoghan, “Being Human” actor Sam Witwer and former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty to test their mettle on a street. “I would seriously doubt I’d place, I mostly just want to be able to keep up with the pack so that I was having fun with everyone, trying to keep up, and trying to hold everyone off,” Wechsler says. “There are going to be some people who will win and there’ll be some people who are trailing, but I just want to be in the middle. That’s fine with me, because I’ve never done this before and it’s just fun.”
When he was invited to be in the race, he asked if Witwer could also participate. “I was like, ‘Hey ask if Sam can go because he’s a great talented actor who actually does like driving fast,” Wechsler laughs. Wechsler and Witwer are just one pair of friends competing against each other at tomorrow’s Pro/Celebrity race. Another pair of good friends who wanted to race together are “Top Gear” host and Fox Sports 1 analyst Rutledge Wood and his best friend, former NASCAR racer and Fox Sports 1 analyst Kyle Petty.[…]
Olympic sprinter Carmelita Jeter, racing legend Al Unser Jr. and actors Max Thieriot, Tricia Helfer, Vanessa Marcil, Corbin Bleu and Nick Wechsler were among the more than a dozen Pro/Celebrity Race participants who stopped by the Miller Children’s Hospital at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center on Thursday (April 10th, 2014) to give out toys, sign autographs and chat with young patients. Please read an article about the hospital visit here: Long Beach Grand Prix celebrity racers mingle with kids at Miller Children’s Hospital
— Danielle Del (@DanielleD2mgmt) April 12, 2014
— Nick Wechsler (@Nick_Wechsler) April 11, 2014