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FOR RELEASE: 2004-08-31


Millen And GTO 'Drift' To Win In California

IRWINDALE, Calif. - Saving his best performance for the final event of the season, Rhys Millen drove to victory in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) sanctioned Formula D drifting event last weekend at Irwindale Speedway. Millen and the RMR Pontiac GTO outlasted a field of 51 mostly import competitors in both preliminary and head-to-head competition.

"Although we've been in the running in every event this year, the Pontiac GTO just performed flawlessly in this season finale and we were able to take home the win," said Millen, team principal of Team RMR Pontiac. "It's a great way to cap off a tremendous year and gives us a lot of momentum going into next season."

Even before the 2005 season, Millen and the GTO will be back on the track in a special two-event D1 drifting competition in December, pitting the best drivers in the U.S. against the best from Japan, where the sport originated.

"Rhys and his team have done such a great job for us this season that it is very satisfying to see them come away with a victory," said Mark-Hans Richer, Pontiac marketing director. "We're even more excited to see what the team can do with the GTO in the upcoming D1 event."

Millen's drifting GTO is a highly modified version of the 2004 production model, although many key engine and transmission components are shared between the vehicles. The car has become a fan favorite during this year's Formula D drift series.

First developed in Japan, drifting combines extreme driving skill with flair and artistry as drivers negotiate a complicated course at high speeds while in a controlled slide. Combining both solo qualifying runs with head-to-head competition, each event is judged on execution and style rather than speed, similar to skateboarding and freestyle motorcross.

Pontiac is a division of General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) and markets the Bonneville, GTO, Grand Prix, Grand Am, Vibe, Sunfire, Aztek and Montana. Pontiac sold more than 475,000 vehicles in 2003, ranking third among GM divisions in total sales. In 2004, Pontiac will introduce the Montana SV6 crossover sport van and G6 sedan, followed in 2005 by the G6 coupe and convertible and the Solstice roadster. More information on Pontiac and its products can be found on the division's website at

RMR of Huntington Beach, California, has a comprehensive history of competing and winning in various forms of motorsports. All the experiences gained from competition are skillfully applied towards performance parts available through RMR's retail divisions, RMR Products and R. Millen Motorsports. The full line of race proven products can be found at the company's web site at Further information on Team RMR/Pontiac and the GTO drift car can be found at

Oh my f*ck!
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Holeshot said:
Just goes to show that when it gets down and dirty RWD will eat rice every time.
Now thats what I call Multi kills in one race :thumbs:
Um...I think all of the cars in drift sorta need to be RWD...They are usually Silvias, 180SXs, and 350Zs, all of which are RWD. There are plenty of import cars that are RWD.
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