Mike Ryan Debuts Shell Rotella T Freightliner Cascadia at 86th Pikes Peak Event
North Hollywood, CA -- In less than two weeks, many will be able to see Mike Ryan in his new 2008 Freightliner Cascadia Race Truck speed up a mile of vertical feet at Pikes Peak in Colorado. With his newly designed truck in its final stages of fabrication here in Southern California, the blur you will see whizzing by will no longer be the monochromatic black and grey. Mike will welcome a fresh new Shell Rotella T-inspired paint scheme and a new Detroit Diesel engine that will hopefully provoke a fresh new time on the clock at the finish line, as well. The preferred time will be faster than the 12:43.66 result from 2006, and if so, it will mark Ryan's 7th world record in 12 attempts.
At the heart of the new Cascadia is a hand-built, custom-made race chassis designed and originally constructed by volunteer engineers at the Freightliner test center. This new mountain assault vehicle is powered by a 1600 horsepower Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine, and was race-prepped by engineers at the Detroit Diesel Reman Center. The truck will appear in Shell Rotella T livery, as they are this year's premier sponsor. Mike's 2008 Freightliner Cascadia Race Truck will make its debut at Pikes Peak on July 20th, 2008.
Pikes Peak is the second oldest motorsports event in the United States after the world-renowned Indianapolis 500 which completed its 92nd running this year. The course is home to 156 turns over 12.46 miles while climbing a near mile in elevation. There are few guardrails. There are no padded walls. There are no safety nets, and there are certainly no sane people driving up it! Pikes Peak is no sandbox, but his license plate frame on the race truck's hauler reads, "Mike Ryan Still Plays With Trucks".
Of course, driving dangerous routes is just part of a day's work for Ryan. He has not only been busy throughout the off-season working alongside engineers, welders and fabricators on the new race truck, he has also been hard at work with more stunts and stunt coordination for the picture industry, adding to his 500+ credits. Mike was the Stunt Coordinator on seven episodes of the hit Discover Channel show Smash Lab, and conducted driving stunts in the major motion picture 12 Rounds, which will be in theaters nationwide in 2009. He is now the Stunt Coordinator on the new American version of the BBC hit show, Top Gear.
-credit: Mike Ryan Motorsports