Dan Shields Wins Chevy-Powered Rev It Up™ 2007 Orlando Event
- New Regional Champion Wins Bondurant School; Houston Winner Ramey Still Leading National Points Race After Four Rounds of Six-City National Driving Competition; Ultimate Grand Prize of a 2008 Corvette Still Up For Grabs With Only Two Events Left This Summer -
ORLANDO, Fla. [July 28, 2007] - Weather was a factor on Saturday at the Orlando edition of the Chevy-powered Rev It Up™ 2007 national performance driving school and racing competition, but the competition remained hot. It was on a slick course in the Epcot Center parking areas where Dan Shields, 51, of Valrico, Fla. was deemed the Orlando event champion with an astounding run of 35.602 seconds, which translates to a high score of 652 using the Rev It Up™ 2007 scoring system. As the Orlando Rev It Up™ 2007 Event Champion, Shields was awarded a two-day “Grand Prix Specialty” course for two people at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and a custom Corvette-inspired “Jake” guitar by Paul Reed Smith Guitars.
Rev It Up™ 2007 is designed to provide auto enthusiasts across the country the chance to enhance their driving skills and compete for prizes, including the grand prize awarded to the Rev It Up™ 2007 National Champion - a 430-horsepower 2008 Chevrolet Corvette. Christopher Ramey, of Houston, remains the leader in that national points race with his score of 826.
“I’ve competed in Rev It Up™ previously, but the new Corvette shootout format was really intense, especially against a very tough field of some very accomplished racers,” said Shields, a 35 year amateur motorsports competitor. “The night format was past my bedtime, but it was definitely worth it!”
Shields won the night and weekend after qualifying 24th out of the 25 fastest racers in identically prepared Chevrolet Cobalts to enter the exciting daily Corvette shootout. Shields also bested the ten Rev It Up™ 2007 Corvette shootout contestants on Friday night by a large margin.
Hankook Tire is the official tire for Rev It Up™ 2007, and competitors have raved about the Hankook brand throughout the tour. Other weekend winners included Orlando runner up Ian Stewart of Orlando, who won a portable XM satellite radio. Individual class winners Ian Stewart (Pro), Matthew Hodges of Oviedo, Fla. (Club), Daniel Diorio of Orlando (Novice), Kevin Demers of Zephyr Hills, Fla. (Just For Fun) were each awarded Piloti driving shoes and Gatorz sunglasses. In the Reaction/Traction Competition, Ken Maturo of North Port, Fla. (Friday) and Narindra Persaud of Orlando (Saturday) took top honors.
The penultimate stop for “Rev It Up™ 2007: Where Drivers Come To Play” will take place at the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, 2007. Updated information, event locations and registration forms are available at www.revitup.com.
About Hankook Tire America Corp.
Hankook Tire America Corp., headquartered in Wayne, N.J., is the official tire for Rev It Up 2007 and the seventh largest tire manufacturer in the U.S. Hankook is a technology-focused, market-driven company that markets and distributes a complete line of high performance and ultra-high performance passenger tires, light truck, SUV tires, as well as medium truck and bus tires to more than 400 independent dealers through 3000+ retail sales locations in the United States and Canada. For more information please visit Hankook Tires on the web at www.hankooktireusa.com.
About Rev It Up 2007
At Rev It Up 2007, car enthusiasts can take a ride in a 505-horsepower Corvette Z06 for a “Time Attack” run, test their reaction time and car control in an acceleration and braking contest, race friends in an Enduro Kart competition, drive Chevrolet’s performance lineup on a custom-designed course, meet popular NASCAR, ALMS and SCCA Chevy Racing drivers and experience the latest automotive technology at the Chevy Pavilion - including an up close look at the dramatic Camaro Concept.
A large contingent of professional racers again serve as Rev It Up driving instructors, including drivers who have experience in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), open-wheel, NASCAR and Sports Car Club of American (SCCA) competition. The entry fee for the national competition - with a new Corvette awarded to the national champion - is just $25. Other “behind the wheel” activities, including Enduro Kart racing, are offered at a minimal cost.
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