Four Nights of X Games LA at Irwindale
ESPN, together with the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and Irwindale Event Center - will present X Games Los Angeles 2013 on August 1 - 4, with more than 200 athletes in competition venues and event spaces in and around L.A. LIVE, STAPLES Center and - for the first time - Irwindale Speedway.  ESPN and ABC will combine to offer 19 live hours of X Games Los Angeles 2013 original programming; WatchESPN will carry every event on ESPN networks; and an additional four-and-a-half hours of original content will be available across computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox in the U.S.

Celebrating its 11th consecutive and final year in Southern California, X Games Los Angeles will debut the discipline of Gymkhana. Made popular by driver Ken Block, it will premier as Ford Gymkhana Grid at Irwindale Speedway and accompany Ford RallyCross.  Based off the popular Gymkhana driving technique, Ford Gymkhana Grid features drivers competing head to head on a specifically designed course consisting of cones, tires, barrels and other obstacles. The race will require drivers to perform figure eights, 180-degree spins and other advanced driving techniques to get through the course as quickly as possible.  In addition to Rally disciplines, Irwindale Speedway will also host Skateboard and BMX Big Air, X Games Music and X Fest elements.

"I'm stoked to be partnering up with ESPN to bring my Gymkhana GRID racing series to X Games Los Angeles this summer," said Block. "Gymkhana GRID is something that I've been in the process of building up for a few years now and I really think the fans and audiences at home are going to enjoy it. It takes the style of driving that people see in my Gymkhana series of YouTube videos and brings it into a head-to-head racing format that's timed. The fans not only get to see these awesome rally cars sliding sideways and making tons of tire smoke, but also a straight up driver versus driver race. August can't come soon enough!"

At L.A. LIVE, a full complement of Moto X disciplines will be showcased over the four days at STAPLES Center, including the return of Moto X Racing (Men, Women, Adaptive) and Moto X Freestyle. The Event Deck at L.A. LIVE will feature BMX Freestyle Street, Skateboard Vert, Women's Skateboard Street and Street League Skateboarding.

"With the X Games global expansion and move to a six-event model, we have the opportunity to produce different events across the globe and showcase a very diverse sports lineup," said Tim Reed, X Games senior director of content strategy and sports and competition.    "We look forward to the addition of Ford Gymkhana Grid and seeing favorites like Moto X Racing return to X Games Los Angeles."

The following are the venue locations for each sport disciplines for X Games Los Angeles 2013:

STAPLES Center                     

  • Moto X Best Whip
  • Moto X Enduro X (Men's & Women's)
  • Moto X Freestyle
  • Moto X Racing (Men's, Women's & Adaptive)
  • Moto X Speed & Style
  • Moto X Step Up

Event Deck at L.A. LIVE          

  • BMX Freestyle Street
  • Street League Skateboarding
  • Skateboard SLS Select Series
  • Skateboard Street Women's
  • Skateboard Vert

Irwindale Speedway

  • Ford RallyCross
  • Ford Gymkhana Grid
  • GoPro BMX Freestyle Big Air
  • America's Navy Skateboard Big Air

STATEMENT BY JIM COHAN, CEO, IRWINDALE EVENT CENTER:

"We're obviously thrilled to have been chosen to be part of the 2013 X Games Los Angeles. We know that Irwindale's reputation as a first class sports venue for NASCAR, NHRA, USAC, and Formula Drift will take another leap forward with this booking.

Bringing four nights of X Games to the Speedway is a strong vote of confidence in our facility, and even more importantly, for our management staff. We've got a solid team in place at IEC; everyone here could not be more excited about hosting this unique fan experience. We're quite honored.

I want to personally thank the ESPN people as well as the X Games organizers for giving us this amazing opportunity to become a part of what has become a classic sports series. We're 100% dedicated to the success of this event."

Tickets for X Games Los Angeles 2013 will be available for purchase beginning June 21 at www.axs.com/xgames.

Additional information on all X Games Los Angeles 2013 events will be forthcoming on www.xgames.com.

Street Driven X HyperFest 2016: Alton, VA

Back for its second year, the Street Driven Tour, in collaboration with U.S. Drift and HyperFest (the latter celebrating its 15th annual event) returned to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) to usher in the 2016 season with three days of bash-style drifting, NASA-sanctioned road racing and Rally Sport competition, car show, vendor support, live music and entertainment, Drift Mini Games, and lots more. NASA-sanctioned road racing and time trials occurred all weekend on VIR’s 3.27-mile, 18-turn Full Course. Filling one of the run groups were a diverse field of 38 entrants of the 2016 Tire Rack® Ultimate Track Car Challenge (UTCC)—a…

Hot Import Nights 2012: Houston, TX

Hot Import Nights George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, TX Dec 15, 2012…

USTCC 2014: Willows, CA

Sheehan/Arsham Win Back to Back in Touring Car at Thunderhill. Akhromstev does the same in GT The Sheehan/Arsham partnership resulted in another win in the Touring Car class with Daniel Akhromstev pulling out a dominant victory in the GT class at Thunderhill Raceway. The Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) racers visited one of their favorite tracks with the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) playing host to the championship. Gary Sheehan drove three of the four GoGoGear.com/UTI/Konig Wheels race cars during the weekend to score the victory. He started out with the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Sheehan managed…

Russian National Finals 2015: Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Sunday, September 27th marked the largest Autosound event in the history of Russia. It was the first time that Russia has held a 4X DBDRA event, which is a pretty big deal. The event was judged by a good friend of mine, who also happens to be one of the most seasoned judges and officials for the DBDRA, Mr. Yiannis Lekkas. He traveled all the way from Greece in order to oversee the judging alongside Russian head judge Alexey Stroganov. The weekend brought hundreds of competitors to battle it out in multiple formats from dB Drag, Bass Race, EMMA and…