Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Rhys Millen Truck Backflip

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Be sure to check out Formula DRIFT and Red Bull Drifting World Champion Rhys Millen attempt a backflip in an off-road truck this New Year’s Eve LIVE on ESPN!

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Motorsports Star Rhys Millen to Ring in 2009 with a Truck Backflip
At the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Telecast Live on ESPN

Santa Monica, Calif. (December 17, 2008) – The location for Rhys Millen’s
much anticipated attempt to backflip an off-road truck at Red Bull: New
Year. No Limits. has been confirmed. The flip will take place just before
the clock strikes midnight (on the East Coast) on New Year’s Eve at the Rio
All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the exact location where Robbie
Maddison broke the Guinness World Record for a motorcycle distance jump
during the 2007 Red Bull New Year’s Eve event. Red Bull: New Year. No
Limits. will be televised live on ESPN/ESPN HD immediately following the
Chick-Fil-A Bowl (approx. 11:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. PT).

Millen will attempt to become the first person to complete and land a
backflip in an off-road truck. Set to take place at the Rio, Millen’s flip
demands the truck to travel a distance of 80 feet at a height of 50 feet.
During his final practice before the 2007 Red Bull New Year’s event, Millen
overshot the landing, resulting in injury, damage to his vehicle and his
withdrawal from the event. The 36-year-old New Zealand native is fully
recovered and more determined than ever. Millen’s motorsports credibility
is unrivaled. He was the 2005 Formula Drift champion and 2008 Red Bull
Drifting World Championship winner and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
world record holder, and has been the lead stunt driver in several
commercials and movies, such as Dukes of Hazzard and Fast and Furious:
Tokyo Drift.

“Having the opportunity and support to attempt the first-ever backflip in a
truck is only going to be sweeter knowing that I will be returning back to
the Rio, the place I planned to attempt this last year and the birth place
of Red Bull: New Year. No Limits,” said Millen.

Shortly after Millen’s performance, Robbie Maddison, a 27-year-old Aussie,
will jump his bike more than 120 feet high and land on the top of the
96-foot-high and 40-foot-deep replica Arc de Triomphe in front of Paris Las
Vegas. Upon completing the jump, he will then drop off the Arc and freefall
50 feet to a massive landing ramp below. This follows his 322-foot-long
jump last New Year’s Eve.

In addition to the ESPN telecast, the show will be simulcast live on A limited number of tickets will be available to witness
Millen’s flip. Viewing of Maddison’s jump is free to the thousands of
revelers on the world famous Las Vegas Strip.

For event information, as well as information on Maddison and Millen, visit

Red Bull DWC Episode to Air This Sunday on SPEED

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Red Bull Drifting World Championship Episode to Air this Sunday on SPEED

Long Beach, Calif. – December 17, 2008 – The highly anticipated Red Bull Drifting World Championship program will air this Sunday, December 21 on SPEED at 1 PM (PST). The 1 hour episode will feature all of the highlights of the largest drifting event in history that took place on November 15-16 at the Port of Long Beach.

Relive the competition as 17 past and present drifting champions from the top drifting organizations in the world were brought together by Formula DRIFT for the inaugural Red Bull Drifting World Championship. Watch as the competitors slide sideways at speeds over 100 mph and within inches of the wall to battle for the largest prize purse in drifting history and the title of Drifting World Champion.

State of the art technology was used to capture each intense round of competition to take drift programming to the next level. The Red Bull Drifting World Championship program was shot in HiDef and is the first drifting show to incorporate the use of 16 mm video to vividly capture each dramatic moment of the event. The use of an “Ultimate Arm,” often used in Hollywood for specialized vehicle photography, was utilized for a dramatic opening sequence while aerial helicopter footage will showcase the unique venue and spectacular head-to-head action.

“With this level of technology and resources used for this event we were able to capture, cut, edit and deliver the single greatest drifting program ever,” said Ryan Sage, vice president of marketing and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “This is one episode of drift programming that fans will not want to miss.”

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Foust takes on the World’s best.

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As many of you may or may not know, I am a big motorsports fan; F1, IRL, ALMS, Super GT, WRC, you name it and I will most likely like it.  As a motorsports fan, I look forward to a big annual event called, the Race of Champions (  It is a huge international all star competition that evolved from dirt courses in the Canary Islands to custom paved courses inside huge European football (soccer) stadiums like Wembley in London.


This year, amongst the likes of Formula 1, WRC, MotoGP, World Superbike, DTM, WTCC, A1GP, and NASCAR champions and stars you have 2-time Formula Drift champion Tanner Foust!!  This is obviously big for Tanner’s career, which we are all completely stoked about, but his presence at ROC is huge for the USA, Formula Drift and the entire world of drifting.  And as if just being invited to the competition wasn’t big enough, Tanner takes out Jenson Button of Honda F1 in round 1.  Unfortunately, he loses in the quarterfinals to David Coulthard (the most experience current F1 driver) of Red Bull F1.  How cool would it have of been if Tanner had to face F1 all-time great Michael Schumacher and beat him?!  Well I guess there is next year.  Everyone give a good pat on the back to Tanner when you see him.  Way to represent all of us!