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  • Team VCMC Sets Sights on Pikes Peak


    LOCAL VANCOUVER RACE TEAM TO COMPETE ON INTERNATIONAL LEVEL AT THE PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB


    [March 22, 2013] Local race team - Team VCMC is scheduled to represent Vancouver with their 2013 Scion FR-S in the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA in June 2013. The Team VCMC Scion FR-S team has received very recent media attention with its appearance on DRIVE, an extremely popular automotive Youtube channel and several international articles featuring the highly modified turbo Scion FR-S. With the announcement of Pikes Peak added to the list of competitions, the team will be also competing in 56th annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb on May long weekend 2013 as a testing grounds for their vehicle in high elevation conditions. With all the international coverage and competitions, Team VCMC has still one goal in mind - reigning champion in Scion Canada's 2013 Tuner Challenge which they have represented the West Coast extensively. Lead by experienced and talented drivers Sead Causevic & Richard Basford, there is no doubt Team VCMC will not disappoint.





    PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB

    The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competition is a time trial motorsport event held annually at Colorado Springs, Colorado around Independence Day weekend and attracts over 150 competitors every year. The very first event was held in 1916 and it is the second oldest motorsports event held in the United States following the famed Indianapolis 500. Pikes Peak is located in the Rocky Mountains just 16 miles west of Colorado Springs. The Hill Climb is a unique time trial competition commencing at an elevation of 9,390 feet, with the race course winding its way around the mountain, all the way up to the finish line located at a cloud high 14,110 foot elevation mark. The course length of 12.42 miles consists of 156 corners, and with an average climb gradient of 7%, it imposes extraordinarily challenging driving conditions upon the driver while navigating up the mountain.


    KNOX MOUNTAIN HILL CLIMB

    The Knox Mountain Hill Climb is run annually on Knox Mountain Park Road, in the City of Kelowna, Canada. The road, while paved, is narrow with off-camber corners, and steep grades. It is 2.2 miles (3.5km) long, and climbs approximately 800 feet (245 meters) in elevation for an average grade of 6.7%. In it's 56th year, Knox Mountain is the longest annually running paved hill climb in North America. The event attracts top drivers from throughout the Pacific Northwest, looking for the challenge and thrill of being King of the Hill.



    2013 SCION FR-S AND THE SCION TUNER CHALLENGE

    Team VCMC was selected as one of the 3 teams across Canada to build and compete a 2013 FR-S in the Scion Tuner Challenge (www.tunerchallenge.ca). The competitions test the amazing versatility of this new car platform as well as the team's ability to set up a car for a variety of events, ranging from time attack to ice racing to gymkhana and drifting. With the guidance of Shift Autosport of Vancouver BC, Team VCMC has built the turbocharged FR-S to full race specification. The car's powerplant has been upgraded with the Full Blown Motorsports turbo kit and the suspension has been extensively worked over with Whiteline Flatout Inc grip-enhancing products. Team VCMC's Scion FR-S will be wearing an eye striking asymmetric livery designed and installed by Blitzgear Inc. whom also manages their marketing and public relations.

    THE TEAM

    Team VCMC is an extension of the VCMC Motorsport Club, based in Vancouver, Canada. The club is comprised of some of the best autocross/hill climb competitors and race car builders in North America. The club's passion for driver improvement through it's Velocity driver development program has produced professional drivers such as Pat Richard and Sam O'Young. Team VCMC is a grassroots motorsports team that prides itself on great teamwork and relationships with the community.

    THE DRIVERS

    Sead Causevic [Vancouver, BC]
    Team VCMC's veteran hill climb driver has competed in numerous hill climb, time attack and road racing events in the pacific north west. His background as a high performance alpine ski racer and coach will be a big asset to conquer the challenge of the ever changing conditions at Pikes Peak. Sead has been selected as the primary driver for Knox Mountain and Pikes Peak events and will be supported by the full Team VCMC expertise.

    Richard Basford [Vancouver, BC]
    Richard is the Team VCMC leader and primary driver at the Scion Tuner Challenge events. Richard's background in time attack competitions, karting and road racing will be key testing the car's setup as he competes along with Sead at the 2013 Knox Mtn Hill Climb. Richard will be supporting Sead at the Pikes Peak event with his expert analysis of racing line and car setup.


    IN THE MEDIA

    Team VCMC has received substantial coverage during the 2012 Scion Tuner Challenge events with coverage by major media outlets such as the YouTube Drive Network and Jalopnik. The Team has partnered with PoweredByAloe Photo and Video team for media content and production. PoweredByAloe has planned a series of videos that feature a pre and post event look behind the scenes and showcase our proud supporters and sponsors. Flying Cameras Inc will be supporting the team at Knox and Pikes Peak with it's unmanned aerial vehicles that will shoot striking racing footage from a bird's eye view. This unique footage, combined with in-vehicle cameras, interview footage, and behind the scenes allows viewers to get to know the team from every angle.


    PARTNERS

    Team VCMC has an extensive list of sponsor partners and supporters that help develop and structure the direction and goals of the team. They look for much progress in 2013 with many victories ahead.

    Scion Tuner Challenge
    Shift Autosport
    Blitzgear
    PoweredByAloe
    Full Blown Motorsports
    Whiteline
    EcuTek
    Rocket Rally
    Flying Cameras
    Ultra Shine
    Technic's Machine Shop
    Petrel Data
    Driver's Edge
    Vorshlag

    MEDIA INQUIRIES

    For all media or sponsorship inquiries including: videos, photos, interviews, or features - please contact Team VCMC’s Official Media Partner Blitzgear.

    All inquiries to:
    Blitzgear Inc.
    E [email protected]
    T 604 231 0020
    F 866 631 8028
    140 - 11100 Bridgeport Road
    Richmond, British Columbia
    Canada V6X 1T2
    www.blitzgear.com
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