“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro proved he still knows how to live life in the fast lane this past weekend when he won the fi...
‘Fresh Prince’ Star Alfonso Ribeiro Wins Last Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at Long Beach Grand Prix
He beat out star drivers including Adam Carolla, Frankie Muniz, Brian Austin Green and fellow “Silver Spoons” alum Ricky Schroder at the 40th annual race, which ends after this year.
The “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host, who is also a past “Dancing With the Stars” champion, was the celebrity winner in 1994 and 1995, and the Pro winner in 2015.
Ribeiro actually credited Schroder for getting him into the racing scene, telling TheWrap before the race: “I came here with him, hung out during the practice and had a blast … I fell in love with it. Several years later they asked me to do it and there was no way I was going to say no.
“In these cars, we get up to 120 m.p.h., but in my real professional driving, I’ve reach 190,” he revealed. “It’s good fun!”
Fortunately the racing bug doesn’t give Ribeiro the urge to drive “Grand Theft Auto”-style in his day-to-day life. “It is about using your head to be smart out there,” he explained.
While he has had some bad wrecks in the past, the actor-turned-driver said you have to put them in the back of your head when you get behind the wheel: “If you are scared, this isn’t for you. You have to be confident, you have to be calm when you are in the car.”