ESPN's Jamie Little Preparing To Defend Her Title

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IApril 16, 2009

LONG BEACH, CA - APRIL 18:  Actress Jamie Little poses for photographers during practice at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 32 Annual Pro/Celebrity Race on April 18, 2008 in Long Beach, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

When the NASCAR Nationwide Series rolls into Phoenix for a Friday Night Showdown, ESPN will be missing one of their voices behind the microphone. Pit reporter Jamie Little will be participating in a different showdown and she's looking for a second straight victory.

Little will be among several pro-racers and celebrities that will take part in the Toyota Grand Pix of Long Beach. Last year, she became the second female in the 30 years to win the event after beating Camping World Truck Series driver Mike Skinner, who also returns this year.

Others include comedian Carlos Mencia, actors Keanu Reeves, Eric Close, Adrian Brody, TV host Alex Trebek and singer/actress Raven-Symone. On Wednesday while visiting ESPN's NASCAR Now, Little revealed that both she and Skinner will have to start in the back of the pack.

Little also said that not only does she have the best job in the world, reporting on race days, but she loves getting behind the wheel and racing herself. The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Grand Pix of Long Beach is a race held for charity where the event will donate $5,000 to the "Racing for Kids" which is a fund-raising program that supports children's hospitals all over the United States.

An addition $5,000 will be donated to the winner's charity of choice. There will also be a $15,000 donation on behalf of People Magazine for the fastest qualifier for the event which will be given to their charity of choice.

Qualifying for the 35th Annual event will take place on Friday, April 17 and on Saturday, April 18, the green flag flies.

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