Pikes Peak news 2005-06-06

DRIFTING RETURNS TO THE HILL Fountain, CO -- June 6, 2005 - Fountain, CO -- May 1, 2005 - The prestigious Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will play host to the 4th stop of the Falken...


Fountain, CO -- June 6, 2005 - Fountain, CO -- May 1, 2005 - The prestigious Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will play host to the 4th stop of the Falken Tire Drift Showoff event series Sunday, June 26th. For the second time in U.S. Motorsports history, Mainstream Productions Inc. will showcase the sport of drifting at the second oldest motorsports event in the United States.

"Drifting originated in the mountains of Japan and we are very excited about bringing the sport back to its original setting. Only this time, it's here in the U.S. at Pikes Peak," says Daniel Nguyen, President of Mainstream Productions.

Over nine professional Falken Tire drivers will drift the paved section of the famed Pikes Peak Highway on June 25th in conjunction with the finals of the Hill Climb competition.

This year the event promises to introduce a new rush of adrenalin with the unveiling of Falken Tire's new drift vehicles including some but not all, an Infiniti G35, Ford Mustang GT, and Nissan S15.

"Bringing the sport of drifting to the mountain roads of Pikes Peak was the next logical step in the evolution of this exciting new sport," said Falken Tire Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Logistics Richard Smallwood. "It puts this most extreme form of motorsports on one of the most extreme roads on the planet. It is tantamount to bungee jumping from a helicopter at over 14,000 feet."

On June 26th from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. the Drift Showoff continues at Pikes Peak International Raceway with the professional drifting exhibition, clinic, and competition. Drivers from across the U.S. are planning to compete in this historic event. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event for 15 dollars, 13 dollars with flyer, or 12 dollars at any local Independent Records.

The Drift Showoff in conjunction with the Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is all part of the 3rd annual Pikes Peak SpeedWeek festivities created to promote motorsports in the Rocky Mountain region.

Other events include a downtown July 1st Downtown Fan Festival which drew over 20,000 people in 2004, Extreme Red Bull Motorcycle Jumps, Corporate go-kart challenge, Jesse James' Coors Motorcycle Display, among others, as well as the largest fireworks show in southern Colorado.

The June 26th event features include:

Drifting Exhibition

All day drift exhibitions with top Japanese and US drifters from Team Falken. Witness side-by-side drifting action in this exciting display of speed, style, and car control sometimes over 100 mph!

Drift Clinic & Competition

Learn to drift from top Japanese Pros and U.S. instructors. Registrants will learn how to drift from professional instructors as they battle it out in a competition for cash and prizes.

Motorcycle Stunt Riding Exhibition

For the first time this year, we will be displaying the extreme sport of motorcycle stunt riding by local talent - DSF Riders. Witness the challenge as they ride on the brink of insanity in an endless frenzy to continuously one-up the competition. This arena consists of innovative tricks, long endos and yet another immense creative riding style.

Showoff Car Show

Import ShowoffTM, the original Import car show, attracts the nation's top high performance and show vehicles as well as special appearances by some of the world renowned tuners. Vendor Midways will adorn the venue displaying the latest in automotive trends.

Vendor Midway and Entertainment Arena

A live entertainment arena will feature the hottest local deejays spinning Hip-Hop, Jungle, and Top 40. This year, there will be autograph signings by Import Tuner cover model Mercedes Terrell and Falken Tire spokes model Joyce Lex.


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Series Hillclimb
Drivers Jesse James