DOOL's Peter Reckell Places First in Qualifyiing Round

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Days star turns fastest lap and gets the People Pole Award

Peter Reckell (Bo, DOOL)Peter Reckell Takes Pole Position for the 27th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

Winner Receives “PEOPLE Pole Award” and $10,000 for Charity

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 11, 2003) – Days of Our Lives star Peter Reckell turned the fastest lap (1:48.900) in today’s qualifying session at the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race to take the pole position for the 27th Anniversary of the fan-favorite event on Saturday, April 12. The top professional driver was Josh Brolin (NBC’s Mr. Sterling), with a lap time of 1:47.547.

In addition to winning the coveted inside front-row position for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Reckell also was awarded the sixth annual “PEOPLE Pole Award.” Sponsored by PEOPLE Magazine, the award honors the top-celebrity qualifier for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race with a $10,000 donation from PEOPLE to the pole sitter’s charity of choice.  Reckell designated the Natural Resource Defense Council, a charitable organization that finds practical solutions to the most urgent environmental problems, to benefit from his Pole Award.

The starting grid for Saturday’s Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is as follows:

Celebrity Category              Qualifying Time
1. Peter Reckell                   1:48.900
2. Picabo Street                   1:49.694
3. Jesse James                   1:49.794
4. Adam Corolla                   1:50.053
5. Tommy Shane Steiner    1:50.215
6. Angie Everhart                  1:50.265
7. Steve Hartman                 1:51.433
8. Dave Pasant                     1:52.272
9. Bud Gordon                      1:52.550
10. Buzz Aldrin                      1:58.925

Professional Category         Qualifying Time
(will start 30 seconds behind celebrities on Saturday.)

1. Josh Brolin                       1:47.547
2. Milka Duno                       1:48.073
3. Jeremy McGrath              1:48.683
4. Shawna Robinson         1:48.858
5. Leilani Munter                  1:50.970

The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will begin at approximately noon on Saturday, April 12 with a field of 15 drivers. The 10-lap race will be broadcast in its entirety on ESPN 2 on May 3 at 2:30 PT.

PEOPLE, one of the most popular magazines in the world, has a readership of 35 million each week.

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