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FUEL TV Revs up "Octane Academy" Founded by Ford

Thursday, February 23, 2012 8:42 PM

FUEL TV (www.fuel.tv), Fox Sports Media Group's dynamic sports network for men, announces the premiere of the fast-paced, action-packed show "Octane Academy" Founded by Ford Motor Company, Monday, February 27 at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT. Starring Ford's action sports drivers Brian Deegan, Ken Block, Tanner Foust and Vaughn Gittin Jr., the 13-episode series is hosted by legendary Olympic snowboarder and TV announcer Todd Richards. A free preview of the premiere episode is available online now at www.fuel.tv/octaneacademy.

Founded by Ford, "Octane Academy" is the ultimate action sports fantasy camp. Each of the four Ford action sports drivers host eight contestants at various locations where they compete against each other in a series of relentless and entertaining challenges. Developed by the four professional drivers, the on- and off-road challenges test not only the contestants' technical skill, but also determine if they have the audacity and perseverance to be a successful action sports driver. The final challenge at each compound ends in a grueling fast track competition, determining the four champions to compete for the ultimate title in the season finale.

The premiere episode kicks off in Temecula, California with Ford RallyCross and Off-Road truck racer Brian Deegan, putting contestants through challenges such as attempting to flip a mini bike, navigating a paintball obstacle course, and driving Deegan's Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.

"Getting the chance to create the first camp of Ford's ‘Octane Academy' with my own challenges for the hardcore competitors was awesome," says Deegan. "I knew these competitors signed up for the ultimate Ford action sports adventure and it was my job to put them through their paces. I can't wait for the other fans to see how they did."

"We are proud to showcase these world class drivers and deliver the ultimate in reality show challenge competitions on our network," says George Greenberg, FUEL TV Executive Vice President and GM. "Bringing the exceptional talents of Deegan, Block, Foust and Gittin Jr. together to create this action sports challenge could only be done by Ford, which is why we are excited to partner with Ford's ‘Octane Academy.' Offering the free preview of the premiere episode will really get viewers hooked on this action packed series."

The infamous Gymkhana star Ken Block gets the next set of contestants' adrenaline pumping behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta at the following "Octane Academy" camp. The 2010 Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr.


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