Competition Reality Show Octane Academy, Founded by Ford, Returns for Season Two -- Featuring Hot New Fiesta ST

 Competition Reality Show Octane Academy, Founded by Ford, Returns for Season
                      Two -- Featuring Hot New Fiesta ST

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oThe success of Octane Academy's rookie season has led to a relationship
    with Alli Sports and a new home on NBC Sports Network, with the finale on
  oFiesta ST delivers unheard-of performance with 1.6-liter EcoBoost^® engine
    and projected 197 horsepower and 214 lb.-ft. of torque, making it an ideal
    car for passionate drivers
  oOctane Academy season two will feature the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST driven by
    pro rally racer and Gymkhana 5 creator Ken Block

It's the noisy return of heart-pounding, white-knuckle excitement. Don't
blink, because you won't want to miss Octane Academy season two, this time
featuring the all-new Fiesta ST. Ford, creator of the popular motorsports
reality show, is joining with Alli Sports, a division of NBC Sports Group, and
broadcasting six hours on NBC Sports Network. The season will begin in June
2013 and the finale will air July 28 on NBC.

Back for the all-new season are:

  oFormula D champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. (driving the Mustang GT)
  oTwo-time Global RallyCross and three-time X Games gold medalist Tanner
    Foust (in the Focus ST)
  oTwo-time Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 2 Unlimited champion and X
    Games gold medalist Brian Deegan (piloting the F-150 SVT Raptor)
  oPro rally racer and Gymkhana 5 creator Ken Block (driving the Fiesta ST)

Each pro takes a camp of hopefuls and puts them through a gauntlet of driving
and action sports challenges. The leader of the pack moves on to compete
against other camp winners in an exciting finale episode, coached by their pro
mentors – Gittin Jr., Foust, Deegan and Block.

The ultimate winner will have the opportunity to make it big with a racing
scholarship and a brand-new Ford ride, putting the winner on the path to
action sports stardom.

"Octane Academy is gaining momentum and the idea of reuniting our superstar
athletes for season two is generating a lot of electricity," said Mary Ellen
Abraham, Ford car experiential marketing manager. "We were thrilled with the
success of season one and are ready to take it to the next level.

"We are looking for contestants who show the skills, the adrenaline and the
raw ability to compete in the action sports world," Abraham added. "The show
is geared toward a millennial audience, but is certainly entertaining for
anyone who loves competition, action sports, and has a passion for cars,
trucks and driving. We are also excited about our relationship with Alli
Sports and NBC Sports Group, which allows us to bring Octane Academy to a
broader audience."

Octane Academy hopefuls should register and post their application video at In addition to the video submission process, a series of
regional casting events is planned that will allow hopefuls to prove their
skills in person. 

Newcomer Fiesta ST is a perfect fit for this show given it is projected to be
the best performance car in its class with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost^® engine and
projected 197 horsepower and 214 lb.-ft. of torque.

"Octane Academy really connects Fiesta ST to the customers who love this car,"
said Liz Elser, Ford Fiesta marketing manager. "The Fiesta ST speaks to a
young person who likes to race, and lives life for the rush of feeling alive.
It's great to have a show that allows that person to experience the car."

For more information on Octane Academy and its second season, check out

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continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
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