SKATEBOARD LEGEND RUNE GLIFBERG TO COMPETE AS GUEST DRIVER IN NEW JERSEY Two-Time X-Games Gold Medal Winner Will Try His Hand at Motorsports HERNDON, Va. (May 5, 2010) -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. has announced that 2008 & 2009 X-Games ...
SKATEBOARD LEGEND RUNE GLIFBERG TO COMPETE AS GUEST DRIVER IN NEW JERSEY
Two-Time X-Games Gold Medal Winner Will Try His Hand at Motorsports
HERNDON, Va. (May 5, 2010) -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. has announced that 2008 & 2009 X-Games Skateboard Park gold medal winner, Rune Glifberg, will be joining the field this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park to compete in Round Three of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup season on Sunday, May 9.
While he has spent the majority of his life on four wheels, this weekend's event will provide yet another challenge for the Danish skateboarder; as this time, those four wheels will be under a Jetta TDI Cup car. Glifberg has extensive driving experience that he's gained through participation in several driving schools, but Sunday will mark the first time he's competed in an auto race.
"I'm really looking forward to this weekend's Jetta TDI Cup event," said Glifberg. "I've heard some great things about the Series and I'm excited to be able to participate in one of their races. I've had a decent bit of track time and I'm definitely a car enthusiast, but Sunday will be a brand new experience for me. Hopefully, I'll be able to learn enough about the car during practice and qualifying, so I can go out there and give the other drivers a run for their money."
Glifberg will participate in not only Sunday's Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup race, but he'll also take part in all on and off-track events, including practice and qualifying. While he'll be a full participant, he will be ineligible for points or prize money. Full-time Series participants will move up the final race results accordingly.
Having been born in Copenhagen, Denmark in the 1970's, being a professional skateboarder was probably one of the least likely career paths for Rune Glifberg. After he started skating at eleven, that probability soon turned into a reality. Being naturally talented, Rune went on to win first place at the Slam City Jam ten years later.
Anyone who's seen Rune's full-on assault on any and all things transition can tell you that he's one of the most aggressive and stylish people to ever skate. On anything from tiny mini-ramps to tight-trannied pools to half pipes, Rune straight up kills it. Combine that with his sense of humor and easy-going personality and you get one of the most loved skateboarders of our time.
When not competing, Rune routinely sessions backyard pools and skateparks with Mike Crum and Jake Brown. Rune also is vocal and active in the independence rights of Christiania, a self-governed town in his home country of Denmark. Sales from Rune's "Forsvar" Etnies shoe benefitted the community.