LONG BEACH TITLE AMONG TOP GOALS FOR SERVIA

By Dave Lewandowski for indycar.com

Oriol Servia's first start on the streets of Long Beach was in Indy Lights in 1998. On April 21, he'll make his 12th start in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach - nearly one-third of the Indy car races on the seaside circuit.

"It's been such a big race forever and such a big part of my career. Every year it gets better," said Servia, who has a best finish of second (2007, advancing 12 positions). "I really want to win it."

Servia was part of media day for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, which will be held April 20.

"It's good when the sport reaches outside from our normal fans and characters," he said. "It's always cool to see which celebs get better through practice. I gave a couple tips last year to Adam Carolla, not that he needed any, and he won so I think he's here to win it again."

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Servia, driving the No. 22 Chevrolet-powered car for Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, has started with 17th- and 15th-place finishes this season.

"Everyone is seeing how competitive it is because the field is so tight," he said. "On our side, we were having a great race at St. Petersburg; we led 16 laps and had a great pace until we had a little electronic problem.

"Alabama didn't go that we'll because we got involved in a first-lap crash that really hindered our chances to do well, but we're really excited here. We have a great street setup."

Competing in the 37th Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race:

Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, who will serve as grand marshal of the IZOD IndyCar Series race, heads the list of participants in the race. Meyer, a U.S. Marine, received the Medal of Honor for his 2009 actions in Afghanistan.

Also competing will be actors Jenna Elfman, Kate del Castillo, Brett Davern, Jesse Metcalfe, Michael Trucco, Jackson Rathbone and Jeremy Sisto; journalist Mark Steines; Olympic swimming medalist Jessica Hardy; comedian Wanda Sykes; SPEED host Rutledge Wood.

Pro drivers competing against the stars for the title include Olympic swimming gold medalist Tyler Clary, motocross champion Andy Bell, 2012 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race winner and comedian Adam Carolla and National Hot Rod Association driver Melanie Troxel.

Clary, who took his first laps in a Scion FR-S, said his biggest challenge was finding the right line through the hairpin turn. After the session, the Skip Barber Racing School INDYCAR Academy participant climbed into the cockpit (left) of an IZOD IndyCar Series show car "just for size."

"Dancing with the Stars" professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy will be the grand marshal of the event.