Los Angeles – FOX Sports 1 announced today the premiere of DRIVEN: A RACE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES, a one-hour special shot at four iconic locations and hosted by international television star Tiff Needell (@tiff_tv) starting Sunday, Sept. 22 at 5:00 PM ET.
The competition unfolded at some of the world’s most famous race venues – Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, Nevada’s Mint 400 Desert Course just outside Las Vegas, Colorado’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb and the high banks of Daytona International Speedway – as professional racers Tommy Kendall (@TommyKendall11) and Rhys Millen (@RhysMillen) battled it out in fully redesigned Range Rover Sports.
“When you get two competitors together like Rhys and I, it can get pretty intense,” said Kendall, a four-time Trans-Am Series champion. “There is a reason why these race courses are so iconic. They are tough to conquer in any format or race machine, let alone a factory SUV without any modification. A win at these courses means something.”
Every round is unique; as specially designed race courses were integrated into these historic venues, creating an environment that fully challenges both vehicle and driver. Centering on the 2014 Range Rover Sport, with its 510-horsepower, supercharged V8 engine and its lighter aluminum body, both Kendall and Millen take this machine to its limit.
“Having been a long-time Land Rover owner, I can tell you this is the best Range Rover Sport they have ever built,” Millen said. “You can take it to the limits in high-stress situations, and it has the feel and balance of a car. Believe me; nothing is spared in the performance department.”
“Land Rover literally threw us the keys and got out of the way,” said FOX Sports VP of Motorsports Bobby Akin. “Originally, we were talking with them about doing a simple TEST DRIVE program, but they challenged us to come up with something a little grander in scale … this grand slam of iconic American racing venues was the result and the racing between Tommy and Rhys is intense.”
Needell, who was formerly a co-host of UK’s popular Top Gear series, is also an accomplished racer as well, competing in Formula One and sports car racing, including a third overall finish in the Le Mans 24 and Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Kendall currently competes in the American Le Mans Series, driving one of Dodge’s SRT Viper GTS-R factory entries, and is one of the sport’s most popular drivers. Like Needell, Kendall is also a television personality, hosting FOX Sports 1’s TEST DRIVE, and is a race analyst for various series.
He also won two International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) GTU championships and competed in the prestigious International Race of Champions (IROC) for six seasons.
New Zealand native Millen is a current RallyCross World Championship competitor and a multi-time Drifting World Champion. The Southern California resident is the son of the legendary Rod Millen, and has followed in his footsteps, recently conquering the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, setting multiple records in the Time Attack category.