ARIE LUYENDYK JR RIDES HIGH WITH HOSTILE WHEELS SPONSORSHIP –
RETURNS TO X GAMES IN AUSTIN WHILE SEEKING OFF-ROAD TRUCK WIN
AUSTIN, Texas – June 5, 2015 — Touting one of the most extreme things one can do on four wheels, Arie Luyendyk Jr., returns to the X Games this weekend in Austin, TX aiming to dominate the Off-Road racing competition at the Circuit of the Americas, while showcasing his allegiance to the stronger, lighter, Hostile wheels he rides upon throughout the racing season. The Off-Road Truck racing competition, marking its second year of rivalry within the famed X Games, will feature identically-prepared 600-horsepower trucks, supplied by Robby Gordon Super Truck and driven by 16 invited drivers, and will air LIVE on Sunday, June 7th, on ABC/ESPN3 (ABC, 2 p.m. ET).
“Back at X Games, how cool is this!?” said Luyendyk Jr. “I’m so excited to be selected again and to have a shot at X Games gold! I’ll be back in the familiar GUNK colors with additional support from Hostile Wheels. It will be an all-out battle to make it to the main event. Every driver will be taking big chances for a shot at a medal. I’m hoping when the dust settles, I can come back to the race shop with some shiny new hardware!”
The competing trucks reach speeds up to 120 mph and hit man-made ramps at multiple locations throughout the course. The Baja-style spec race trucks will negotiate the seven-turn course made of both dirt and asphalt, providing quite a show for enthusiasts and fans.
Throughout the regular season Luyendyk competes in the TORC Pro 2 Series, with Hostile Wheels as a key sponsor providing an all-new forged bead-lock design that offers a stronger, lighter durability for off-road encounters and demonstrates the authenticity behind weight optimization. According to Bill Koenig, executive vice president for Hostile Wheels, the larger lighter wheels are engineered to provide lower brake temperatures and better brake fade resistance in challenging off-road environments, especially those experienced in off-road racing.
“We’re proud to support Arie and the bold challenges he continues to undertake,” said Koenig. “He’s proven to be a good champion across the board and we look forward to continuing to support his outstanding efforts.”