Round 2 Formula Drift Road Atlanta Team Report
Rhys Millen Racing - Huntington Beach, CA - May 9, 2011
On Wednesday, May 4, the streets of midtown Atlanta set the stage for the Red Bull Peachtree Battle. This event featured the Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe with Rhys Millen behind the wheel drifting with fellow Red Bull driver Ryan Tuerck around Pershing Point - the intersection of Peachtree Street and West Peachtree Street. Both Millen and Tuerck made three passes through the busy streets, carrying passengers from CNN International and the City of Atlanta.
The Rhys Millen Racing/Hyundai Motorsports team came into the event at Road Atlanta with high hopes after a successful test the week prior. However, during the event, the engine began to experience an intermittent electrical issue that could not be resolved in time for qualifying. This forced the team to sit out the Saturday activities and instead focus on improvements for the next event at Palm Beach International Raceway. On Saturday, Rhys held an extended meet-and-greet session at the Hyundai display, signing autographs and interacting with the fans. The team plans to dedicate the rest of the May to an aggressive testing and development schedule.
Special thanks to Hyundai Mall of Georgia for loaning us the Red Genesis Coupe and to everyone for their efforts.
The RMR Team's next stop will be Round 3 Formula Drift Palm Beach International Raceway - Palm Beach, FL June 3-4 2011.
Round 2 Formula Drift Report from Rhys Millen
Millen at the starting line overlooking turn one and the "Kitty Litter" that crippled drivers all week.
Practice on Thursday showed high potential going into Fridays Qualifying.
Hankook's Ventus R-S3 tires left a cloud of smoke the entire distance of the Road Atlanta Course.
Thousand's of Drift Fans packed the Paddock area between heats.
Hyundai's Genesis Coupe greeted fans awaiting to meet Millen and receive a Hyundai Gift Bag.
Millen held an extended meet-and-greet session where it was standing room only under the Hyundai Tent.
A personalized poster for one lucky fan.
HMD Crew Bam Bam and Carlos talk tech with fans.
The RMR Genesis Coupe next's stop will be Round 3 Palm Beach June 3-4 2011.
Perfect warm and sunny weather made for a southern hospitality weekend.
Hyundai/RMR shirts went quickly with another Formula Drift Sold Out crowd.
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