Rhys Millen

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Rhys Millen
Nationality  New Zealander
Born September 1972 (age 41–42)
New Zealand
Related to Rod Millen (father)
Steve Millen (uncle)
Ryan Millen (brother)
2014 Global RallyCross Championship
Debut season 2011
Current team Rhys Millen Racing
Car no. 67
Best champ.
finish
3rd in 2011
Finished last season 18th (2013)
Previous series
Formula D

Rhys Millen (born 6 September 1972),[1] nephew of IMSA GTS driver Steve Millen, son of Rod and elder brother of Ryan, is one of the America's top competitors in drifting. Prior to that he was a top rally driver in the US, and became the first works backed driver from a car manufacturer with GM in 2004 after narrowly losing to Ken Nomura in the US D1 Grand Prix exhibition event in 2003. In 2011 Millen raced a 500 bhp AWD Hyundai Veloster in the US Rallycross championship. In 2012 he will compete in the Global RallyCross Championship.

Career[edit]

Millen became just the second champion in the short history of the United States' top drifting series, Formula D, just a year after his good friend, Samuel Hubinette, became the maiden series champ. Millen has two wins in his Formula D career: the 2004 season finale at the Irwindale Speedway, and the 2005 season opener at the Wall Speedway in Wall Township, New Jersey. He became the highest placed non-Japanese driver in the US round of the D1GP event in 2005, making it to the last 8 after beating Masato Kawabata, only to lose to Yasuyuki Kazama through a "One More Time" rerun. Millen's father, Rod, also competes in drifting on occasion. In fact, Rod made his Formula D debut at the 2005 season finale at Irwindale, the same event where his son was crowned the champion.

Millen has driven a Pontiac GTO drift car for three seasons (Winning in 2004 and 2005, but losing out to Hubinette in 2006) and a Pontiac Solstice for the 2007 D1 Season. For the 2009 season, he will drive a Hyundai Genesis Coupe.[2] Red Bull has been a major sponsor of Rhys' drifting efforts, as well as the paint schemes of many of his cars.

Besides racing, Millen is also a stunt driver for films such as The Dukes of Hazzard, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He also did the driving for the first Hyundai Genesis Coupe commercial.

On December 31, 2008, he became the first person to back-flip an off-road truck in the air. He landed off-balance, forcing his vehicle to flip on its side a few times after landing, but then walked away unharmed.

In 2009, Hyundai teamed up with Millen to race the Hyundai Genesis Coupe at the Formula Drift Professional Drifting Championship, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and select Redline Time Attack Series events in 2009.[3][4] On July of that year, Millen set a new rear wheel drive record to take Pikes Peak's time attack title.[5][6]

Complete Career Results[edit]

(key)

D1 Grand Prix[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Position Points
2004 Pontiac Pontiac GTO IRW
TSU
SGO
EBS
APS
ODB
EBS
TKB
0
2005 Pontiac Pontiac GTO IRW
TAN
ODB
SGO
APS
EBS
FUJ
TKB
12 25
2006 Red Bull Pontiac Solstice GXP IRW
SGO
FUJ
APS
EBS
SUZ
FUJ
12 25
2009 Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe IRW
DNQ
0

Formula D[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Position Points
2004 Pontiac Pontiac GTO Rd. 1
Rd. 2
Rd. 3
Rd. 4
2005 Pontiac Pontiac GTO Rd. 1
Rd. 2
Rd. 3
Rd. 4
Rd. 5
Rd. 6
1
2006 Red Bull Pontiac Pontiac GTO Rd. 1
Rd. 2
Rd. 3
Rd. 4
Rd. 5
Rd. 6
Rd. 7
2 596.00
Pontiac Solstice GXP
2007 Red Bull Pontiac Pontiac Solstice GXP Rd. 1
Rd. 2
Rd. 3
Rd. 4
Rd. 5
Rd. 6
Rd. 7
4 478.00

Global RallyCross[edit]

In 2010, Rhys with navigator Antony Jay Hartley, partnered with Hyundai into the sport of rally.

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Samuel Hübinette
Formula D Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Samuel Hübinette