Arie Luyendyk Jr. Takes Bronze in GUNK? Truck at X Games

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 8, 2015) - Arie Luyendyk Jr. brought home the bronze medal this weekend at X Games, driving the #25 GUNK? off-road truck at the Circuit of Americas in Austin, TX. Luyendyk, forced to go to a back-up truck after breaking an axel in practice, qualified 9th securing a spot in the quarterfinal heat races. Going out in Heat 3, Luyendyk finished second behind Burt Jenner to avoid the LCQ round and lock-up a spot in the final. Starting the race towards the back of the pack, Luyendyk came back to win the bronze in the action-packed final. The race ended with a red flag on the last lap; Sheldon Creed took Gold, Robby Gordon Silver and Luyendyk Bronze.

 


"I can't express how happy I am to grab a medal here at X Games. We started off with some mechanical issues, but Robby Gordon's crew did an amazing job switching the trucks out before qualifying and that made all the difference," said Luyendyk. "The race was insane. I knew if I could stay close to Robby, I'd have a chance. We cut through the field together and I drove like mad to catch LeDuc to be able to overtake him when he would serve his penalty. LeDuc never served the penalty and was disqualified. After all the bad luck at the beginning of the event, the chips fell our way. I'd love to thank my partners GUNK, Hostile Wheels and all the other people involved for believing in me. Time to come back next year and grab the gold."

 

 

"What a great day for Arie and all of us at RSC. Arie and entire team in Austin showed what it means to be "GUNKTough" by getting that backup truck race-ready and out on the track and driving his way through a very talented field of drivers from 8th to 3rd," said Marshal Livingstone, Director of Marketing and Consumer Insights at RSC Chemical Solutions. "Winning the bronze at X Games, in just our second year of competition, is huge and we're excited for the rest of our racing season with Arie."

 

Luyendyk also races the #25 GUNK?  PRO 2 truck in the TORC Off Road Series.

 

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About RSC Chemicals

With more than 1,600 customers in 81 countries around the globe, RSC Chemical Solutions, a division of Radiator Specialty Company develops, manufactures and markets high-performance chemical products for automotive, hardware and industrial applications. Its 400,000-square-foot facility in Indian Trail, North Carolina is ISO 9001-2008 Certified and includes eight state-of-the-art production lines with an SAP Operating System. Today they make over 600 products under many well-known and well-respected brands including GUNK?, LIQUID WRENCH?, MOTOR MEDIC?, and TITESEAL?. Founded in 1924, RSC is headquartered at 600 Radiator Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079. For more information call 704-821-7643, or visit www.RSCBrands.com.

GUNK? Media Contact:  Blair Bolton, Blair@theoryhouse.com, 704-665-0714  

  

About Hostile Wheels

Hostile Wheels, a division of Southern California-based MKW Alloy, was born from a desire to push the limits of design and aggressive application to the off-road arena, while utilizing an engineering philosophy that creates the toughest and visually appealing products for trucks, SUV's and  Jeeps in today's marketplace. The Hostile brand provides customization through a lifestyle of aggressive wheels, Grilles, Leveling Kits and Apparel for enthusiasts and their vehicles, providing an emphasis on angular styles, wide lips and aggressive sizes that come in four (4) finishes including chrome, black, black milled and iron cut. For more information, visit www.hostilewheels.com.  

Hostile Wheels Media Contact:  Deb Pollack, deb@debpollack.com, 805-320-9248  

About Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. returns to X Games Austin in his second full year of off-road racing, having competed in both TORC: The Off-Road Championship and Robby Gordon's Formula Off-Road/Stadium Supertrucks series. Luyendyk earned nearly all his credentials in Formula racing where he drove up through the ladder system claiming victories in Indy Lights, F2000, Formula Dodge, and F1600 along the way. Arie Jr. has one Indianapolis 500 credit to his name, competing in the 93rd running of the race in 2006. He concluded his Indy Lights career with 15 podium finishes (placing 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th in the Championship), 3 pole positions and 1 victory. Arie was named "Most Popular Driver" four consecutive seasons in Indy Lights. He has also competed in A1GP, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
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