Ford Fiesta Rallycross cars to debut at Pikes Peak

FORD FIESTA RALLYCROSS CARS TO MAKE U.S. DEBUT AT PIKE'S PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB Fiesta to make its U.S. motorsport debut as the Olsbergs Motor Sport Evolution race team brings two Fiesta Rallycross cars for competition at Pike's Peak ...

FORD FIESTA RALLYCROSS CARS TO MAKE U.S. DEBUT AT PIKE'S PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB

Fiesta to make its U.S. motorsport debut as the Olsbergs Motor Sport Evolution race team brings two Fiesta Rallycross cars for competition at Pike's Peak International Hill Climb in July.

High-profile event for Fiesta helps brand grow awareness among U.S. racing and performance enthusiasts.

DEARBORN, Mich., May 27 - The new Ford Fiesta may not be hitting the streets of America officially until next year, but high-performance motorsport examples of the car will make their U.S. racing debut this summer when the Olsberg Motor Sport Evolution team from Sweden, managed by Andreas Eriksson, brings two new Fiesta Rallycross cars to compete in the annual Pike's Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado on July 19.

"The new Fiesta is an engaging, fun to drive car that is off to a very successful start in Europe and Asia," said Jim Farley, Group Vice President, Ford Global Marketing and Communications. "Thanks to Andreas Eriksson, we're able to introduce the Fiesta to racing fans in the U.S. ahead of its launch in 2010."

The Pike's Peak International Hill Climb dates back to 1916, and is the second oldest motor sports event in America, taking its name from the famous mountain peak that towers above Colorado Springs in the Rocky Mountains and is often referred to as 'The Race to the Clouds'. Ford cars have been at Pike's Peak since the very first race in 1916, when four Ford-powered cars competed. In 1922, Ford scored its first victory when Noel Bullock took his 179ci, OHV, 50 hp Ford Special, nicknamed "Tin Lizzy" by the other competitors, to a surprise victory in the time of 19:50.9.

The two Fiestas will be driven by Eriksson and rally legend Marcus Gr

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Series Hillclimb
Drivers Andreas Eriksson