RUSS WICKS SETS NEW WORLD STOCK CAR SPEED RECORD IN NASCAR-SPEC FORD AT BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS
BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, Utah, July 3, 2006 — World speed record holder Russ Wicks established a new World Stock Car Speed Record in a NASCAR-spec Autodesk Ford Taurus of 222.623 miles-per-hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The previous milestone of 216.946 mph was set nearly 35 years ago by Bobby Isaac.
Wicks, of Seattle, Washington, is now the only living driver to have set official speed records of over 200 mph on land and water, as he also holds the mile record for propeller-driven boats of 205.494 mph, set June 15, 2000 in the Miss Freei unlimited hydroplane on Seattle’s Lake Washington.
“This has been nearly a year in the making and we overcame a number of hurdles to set a new world record,” said Wicks, whose American Challenge Team will continue to embark on a number of speed record breaking initiatives. “I’m ecstatic to have been able to set a new stock car record at Bonneville. There is so much history associated with the Salt Flats and to be able to join the list of speed legends that have set records here is certainly a dream come true. I could not have accomplished this without the incredible support of my family, team and Autodesk. We’re looking forward to our next speed record breaking challenge coming in the near future.”
Wicks’ stock car record was certified by Mike Cook, Chairman of Bonneville Nationals, Inc., and was run in accordance with FIA timing and scoring standards for speed records. The Autodesk Ford Taurus, an ex-Jimmy Spencer superspeedway car, and run under the direction of PTP NASCAR team owner Chris Diedrich, was in accordance with all current NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car templates and specifications.
Time-trial rules dictate that the test speed must be achieved past a one-mile timing point along a “track” on the salt, as well as a return trip within one hour, with the official speed being the average of the two runs. The average speed of the run down the course was 223.229 mph, with a return run average speed of 222.020, for an official overall mile average speed of 222.623 mph. Despite an engine failure on the first day, Wicks set the record on his first attempt. Isaac’s previous record was also set at Bonneville, in a NASCAR-spec Dodge Charger Daytona on September 12, 1971.
Wicks’ latest record is part of his ongoing American Speedking television series, which will begin airing this Fall and feature a behind-the-scenes look at the American Challenge Team’s pursuit of setting new world speed records.
About American Challenge
American Challenge is a consortium of successful business leaders, innovative technical engineers and motor-sport professionals focused on breaking the current world water speed and land speed records. The team is founded by Russ Wicks who is one of few people to have traveled over 220 MPH on both land and water. During 2000, Wicks broke the longest-standing major speed record in motor sports history, and became the fastest person ever to take a propeller-driven boat through the measured mile. For more information, please visit: www.AmericanChallengeWSR.com
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