The all-new Fiesta by Ford may not be reaching the American streets officially until 2010, but high-performance examples (motorsport) of the auto will make the U.S. racing premiere in the summer this year when the team Olsberg Motor Sport Evolution (from Sweden), that's managed by Andreas Eriksson, now brings 2 brand new Fiesta Rallycross vehicles to rival in the annual event Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb on July 19 in Colorado.
"The new Fiesta is an engaging, fun to drive car that is off to a very successful start in Europe and Asia," said Jim Farley, the Group Vice President, Ford Global Marketing and Communications. "Thanks to Andreas Eriksson, we’re able to introduce the Fiesta to racing fans in the U.S. ahead of its launch in 2010."
"We’re pleased to have a top independent team like Olsbergs MSE coming to the U.S. with their Fiesta Rallycross cars to take on the challenge of Pike’s Peak," said Brian Wolfe, the director of Ford North America Motorsports. "This will be a great chance for enthusiasts here to see in this unique setting what a lot of the rest of the world is already talking about - that the Fiesta is a great road car and a great race car."
Ford Motor Company’s director of Global Motorsport Business Development, Jost Capito, said: "The Pike’s Peak event is another step forward for the new Ford Fiesta as a core vehicle in Ford’s future global motorsport aspirations. We’re looking forward to seeing Andreas and Marcus in action on this unique event."
"We worked night and day all winter to get the Fiesta ready on time for the European championships, and it was great to see it score a hard-earned victory in Portugal at the start of May," affirmed Eriksson. "We are excited to be bringing the car to Pike’s Peak and to be able to see what it can do in such a unique competition. It’s a legendary event, and we’ve already been there to take a look at the challenge we will face. I’m convinced we’ll be a top contender to break the 10-minute mark and give the Fiesta a proper racing debut in the U.S."
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