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Abarth and Hoonigan team up for next great driver search

 

Abarth – FIAT Brand North America and Hoonigan, a motorsport-lifestyle brand, are teaming up for a second straight year to find the next Hoonigan great driver.

Beginning this week, drivers who feel their skills are worthy may submit their video entries via HoonigansWanted.com, illustrating why they should be chosen to be a part of the challenge series.

“Building on last year’s success, FIAT will once again team up with Hoonigan in search of the next great driver,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The Abarth name is synonymous with a strong racing heritage and finalists will have a unique opportunity to showcase their skills in our Italian-designed, fun-to-drive Fiat 500 and 124 Spider Abarth models.”

From all submissions, 10 contestants will be chosen to battle for the chance to join the Hoonigan team. In response to the tremendous and passionate enthusiasm received from last year’s search for the next great female racer, this year’s competition is expanded to include both female and male contestants.

Top finalists will be selected and divided by each of the celebrity drivers and Team Captains, including Rhys Millen, who has won countless racing championships, as well as Hill Climb records, and wins in multiple disciplines, including off road, drifting, rally and rally cross.

Over five episodes, the teams will be put through a number of challenges in an Abarth 500, Abarth 124 Spider and Abarth 124 Rally Car models, testing their skill behind the wheel, team work, pit duty, stunt driving and time-attack trials, to name a few.

This year’s grand prize winner will receive a custom Abarth 124 Spider track-ready car (custom modified by the Hoonigan team). Viewers will be able to watch the vehicle build in its entirety via Hoonigan’s You Tube channel on their show Garage Garage.

Last year, driver Sara Price from Canyon Lake, California, was chosen the winner from more than 150 all-female entries as the next great female racer. She went on to compete with the Abarth 124 Spider Rally factory-built racecar in the Mt. Washington Hillclimb, the nation’s oldest hillclimb event.

Stay tuned to Hoonigan and Abarth – FIAT social and digital channels to watch as the competition unfolds and find out which contestant will ultimately represent FIAT and be the next Hoonigan great driver.

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