FOUNTAIN, Colo. (April 23, 2004) — The Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will host the third stop of the Falken Tire Drift Showoff event series June 26-27.
Falken said that for the first time in U.S. Motorsports history, Mainstream Productions Inc. will showcase the sport of drifting at the second oldest motorsports event in the U.S.
“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 Ken Miyoshi, president of Mainstream Productions.
Falken Tire drivers Calvin Wan, Yoshinori Koguchi and Seigo Yamamoto will drift the paved section of the famed Pikes Peak Highway on June 26 during the lunch break in conjunction with the finals of the Hill Climb competition.
“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 Richard Smallwood, Falken's vice president of sales and marketing and logistics. “It puts this most extreme form of motorsports on one of the most extreme roads on the planet. It's tantamount to bungee jumping from a helicopter at over 14,000 feet.”
On June 27 the Drift Showoff will continue at Pikes Peak International Raceway with the professional drifting exhibition, clinic and competition. Drivers from across the U.S. are planning to compete in the event, Falken said.
The Drift Showoff held in conjunction with the Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is part of the second annual Pikes Peak SpeedWeek festivities — created to promote motorsports in the Rocky Mountain Region.