Hyundai Withdraws From US Motorsports
Don’t expect to see Hyundai participating in any form of motorsports in the U.S. next year.
Rhys Millen Racing has revealed that the Korean automaker has decided to part ways with the team. Hyundai has sponsored Rhys Millen Racing for the past six years now, resulting in world records at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, RallyCross and multiple wins in Formula Drift. This season, the Red Bull Global RallyCross Rhys Millen team scored two overall victories, one in Daytona and one in Los Angeles, three heat race wins, a pair of top qualifiers and six top three overall event fastest lap times.
As a result of Hyundai discontinuing its sponsorship, Rhys Millen Racing will be putting its race cars up for sale or rental for any privateers that are interested in entering the Red Bull Global RallyCross series.
“This is disappointing news to the team and myself as we proved we could win or produce the top 3 fastest times in each event at the last 6 rounds of competition,” said Rhys Millen. “We had achieved victories in various disciplines of Motorsport that we had partnered in the US over the years. This came as a real shock after Hyundai Korea had invested so much into supporting the same style of racing in the World Rally Championship. I am happy with what we achieved as a team and am thankful to those at Hyundai that supported the program and believed in Motorsports.”
[Source: Rhys Millen Racing]
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