STEPHAN VERDIER / NEW ANIMATED SERIES “MOTORCITY” ON DISNEY XD PARTNER WITH RHYS MILLEN RACING FOR 2012 GRC SEASON
Rhys Millen Racing – Huntington Beach, CA – April 5, 2012
Rhys Millen Racing proudly announces Stephan Verdier and Disney XD’s upcoming animated series “Motorcity” in the No. 12 car for the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship season. Stephan brings a great amount of experience and personality to the program.
Stephan Verdier has a long heritage in competition sports. Born in the costal Mediterranean city of Nice, France, his need for speed began young becoming a junior world speed skiing record holder and a member of the French Downhill Ski Team. At age 17, Stephan transitioned into motorsports and later establishing Stephan Verdier Racing in 2002 becoming a professional driver.
In 2004, Stephan would challenge “America’s Mountain” in the Pike Peaks International Hill Climb winning the Rally Production Class. The next year he would go onto win the Open Rally Class.
2006 would bring a whole different level of competition participating the next five seasons in Formula Drift.
With rally being such a dominant passion, Stephan would become one of the few athletes’ to challenge both winter and summer X-Games. 2010 he would place 4th overall in RallyCross X-Games 16.
Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) made its American debut in 2011. RallyCross combines the best aspects of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition to deliver intense action. As the sports #1 privateer, Stephan would finish 3 out of 4 races on podium and 4th overall in points for the season.
Entering its second year, GRC delivers an all-new expanding field of drivers coming from a diverse motor and action sports background. GRC is the only race series in the world featuring a 70′ gap jump on the joker lap, adding a component of excitement and risk to a key strategic racing element. The series is expanding to all new cities and will be held at SMI venues in 2012 as companion events to their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and IZOD IndyCar Series races. Stephan will be piloting the #12 Motorcity Car in another bumper-to-bumper, adrenaline filled season.
Disney XD is set to premiere “Motorcity,” a turbo-charged animated series set in a futuristic Detroit, controlled by an evil billionaire who bans personal freedoms including automobiles. Now it’s up to The Burners, a group of rebels led by 17-year-old Mike Chilton, to customize their fleet of cool hot rods and set out to stop Kane from taking over their last oasis of freedom, a subterranean refuge dubbed Motorcity. The series premieres MONDAY, APRIL 30 (9:00–9:30 p.m., ET/PT).
Beginning in May on Disney XD, viewers are invited to join the action through a series of interstitials with Verdier and members of the “Motorcity” creative team. DisneyXD.com will feature game performance tips from Verdier and Sports Illustrated for Kids will host a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Summer X Games. The Grand Prize winner will be part of Verdier’s pit crew, and more.
Verdier will also participate in several Disney XD and Radio Disney fan experiences at the Global RallyCross events between May and September and will guest star in an upcoming episode of “Motorcity.”
“I’m really proud to have Disney XD and their new series “Motorcity” as a title sponsor for the full season of GRC. Make sure you watch it starting in April on Disney XD. Being a part of Rhys Millen Racing, this partnership gives me the best chance at the championship. They are one of the top teams in GRC and I know we’ll do great. GRC is shaping up to be a fantastic season for 2012. There are a lot of new drivers, teams and with some the events taking place at NASCAR and Indy car events, we will be exposed to a large audience. We also have a great TV package with ESPN showing the races live. All together it’s going to be incredible.” – Stephan Verdier.
Special Thanks To Everyone Supporting The 2012 Motorcity RallyCross Car
Motorcity on Disney XD – http://disney.go.com/xd/motorcity/
Rhys Millen Racing – http://www.rmrproducts.com
HRE Wheels – http://www.hrewheels.com
Cooper Tires – http://us.coopertire.com
Garrett – http://www.turbobygarrett.com/turbobygarrett
Sparco – http://www.sparcousa.com
K&N – http://www.knfilters.com
NGK – http://www.ngksparkplugs.com
Motul – http://www.motul.com/us/en-us
VP Racing – http://www.vpracingfuels.com
About Rhys Millen Racing
Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) is an automotive fabrication, tuning and parts facility concentrating on rally, drift and movie car preparation in Huntington Beach, CA. Founded by Rhys Millen in 1993, RMR competes in Formula Drift, Global RallyCross Championship and The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Now entering his 21st year racing, Rhys Millen continues to be an industry leader and one of the most sought after performance drivers in the automotive scene. http://www.rmrproducts.com
About DISNEY XD
Disney XD is a basic cable channel and multi-platform brand showcasing a compelling mix of live-action and animated programming for Kids age 6-14, hyper-targeting boys and their quest for discovery, accomplishment, sports, adventure and humor. Disney XD branded content spans television, online, mobile and VOD platforms. The programming includes series, movies and short-form, as well as sports-themed programming developed with ESPN. In the U.S., Disney XD is seen on a 24-hour, advertiser supported network that reaches over 78 million households via its basic cable and satellite affiliates. http://www.disneyxd.com
About Global RallyCross
The Global RallyCross Championship combines the best aspects of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition to deliver intense action in a variety of fan-friendly environments. This made-in-the USA variation on the established European sport of rallycross pits small production-based cars against each other for door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and a 70′gap jump. Drivers progress through a series of timed heats to a final race, where winner takes all. Multiple cars line up to start at once and jostle for the win over a four-lap race. http://www.global-rallycross.com