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Michele Abbate Joins The Ranks of Fuel TV’s Octane Academy!

We are excited to announce that one of our avid bloggers, Michele Abbate, was recently announced on the Octane Academy website that she will be a contestant on the Fuel TV show!  If you haven’t heard, Octane Academy is a new show hitting the FuelTV channel this month!

Found on the Octane Academy website ( is this description of the show:

This isn’t a reality show full of spoiled housewives, bronzed idiots or overgrown cupcakes. It’s a world of intense competition, challenges, irreverent personalities & humor. It might have been founded by Ford, but it’s ruled by four action sports superstars: Ken Block, Brian Deegan, Tanner Foust and Vaughn Gittin Jr. They’ve got street cred you can only dream of, but they’re giving you a shot to experience it.

If you’re lucky enough to get picked, you’ll spend four days taking on other fearless competitors through a ton of different challenges born out of the crazy minds of these guys. It won’t be a walk in the park—your athleticism, attitude and audacity will be tested. If you rise above the rest, you’ll be crowned a champion and drive home in one of four brand-new rides from Ford.

This is the life these four guys live every single day. If you want a chance to make it you’ve got to show them you can take it.   Octane Academy is a 13-episode original television series coming to FUEL TV in February 2012. Don’t miss the amazing, adrenaline-pumping entertainment. To learn more, log on to

Driver Breakdown

Driver:  Ken Block
Car:  Ford Fiesta
Hometown:  Park City, Utah
Sponsor:  Monster Energy
Highlights:  Gymkhana Series

Driver:  Brian Deegan
Car:  Ford Raptor
Hometown:  Omaha, Nebraska
Sponsor:  Rockstar/Metal Mulisha
Highlights:  13 X Games Medals

Driver:  Tanner Foust
Car:  Ford Fiesta
Hometown:  Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Sponsor:  Rockstar Energy Drink
Highlights:  5 X Games Medals

Driver:  Vaughn Gittin Jr.
Car:  Ford Mustang
Hometown:  Baltimore, Maryland
Sponsor:  Monster/Falken Tire
Highlights:  Formula Drift Champion

Tune into the very first Octane Academy episode Monday, February 27 at 11pm ET / 8pm PT.

Abbate was chosen for Pro Drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr’s camp!  As an established road racer we think it will be pretty awesome to see what Michele can do in a camp hosted by a professional drifter!  Drift and grip are two different worlds and we can’t wait to see how Michele pulls them together!

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Written by Kyle Lewis

I picked up a camera for the first time at a Rally America event in the Northwest. Since I haven't been able to put my camera down, I enjoy all things that go fast and capturing it with my camera allows others to see what I see. My favorite moment is sharing my photos with others and seeing the joy that it brings to them. I am thankful to those around me who have pushed me to be better and continue attending new events every year.

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