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Toomas Heikkenen Takes Lead in Battle for 2013 SYLVANIA SilverStar®zXe Cup With Last-Corner Pass in Loudon GRC Event
Flying Finn Takes Advantage Of Last Corner Miscue To Claim Win
 

LOUDON, N.H., July 11, 2013 – Toomas Heikkenen used a thrilling last-lap, final-corner pass of Tanner Foust to win Thursday’s Global Rallycross Championship at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and take the lead in the $20,000 battle for the SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe Cup.

Foust took the lead from the drop of the green flag but Heikkenen and fellow Finnish countryman Patrik Sandell kept in close pursuit in the opening round of the four-race chase for the SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe Cup. Heikkenen moved around Sandell and into second on the last lap and chased Foust hard into the final elevated hairpin turn leading to the finish line. Foust locked up the brakes and slid sideways going into the hairpin, going hard into the outside barrier of the turn, allowing Heikkenen to ease to the victory ahead of Sandell and third-placed Brian Deegan.

Heikkenen’s victory, along with the bonus point earned by winning one of the day’s heat races, gives him a four-point lead in the SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe Cup standings over Sandell while Deegan will head to next week’s event at Bristol Motor Speedway just six points out of the lead. Foust and Ken Block also won heat races before the final, and ended up fourth and fifth respectively.

“I come over to America for close racing, but to be in an event like this and have a prize like the SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe Cup is very exciting too,” said Heikkenen. “It was a tough day with tricky conditions but we had a great race and put on a great show for the fans.”

SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting has provided extra incentive for drivers competing in domestic GRC events in 2013 with the inception of the $20,000 battle for the SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe Cup. New to the GRC series in 2013, the SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe Cup will go to the driver that earns the most championship points in four of the series’ U.S.-based events this season.

“We had a great start to the SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe Cup with great action and a very exciting race that went down to the last lap,” said Joe Verbanic, marketing manager, SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting. “Today was exactly the kind of action we expected to see when we started the SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe Cup and we are looking forward to seeing these great drivers continue the fight next weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.”

2013 SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe Cup Point Standings

  1. Toomas Heikkenen – 21
  2. Patrik Sandell – 17
  3. Brian Deegan – 15
  4. Tanner Foust – 14
  5. Ken Block – 13
  6. Sverre Isachsen – 11
  7. Travis Pastrana – 10

2013 Sylvania zXe Cup Global Rallycross Championship Events

July 11 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

July 20 – Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.

Aug. 11 – Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.

Sept. 22 – Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

To see photos from each event and follow the point standings battle for the SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe Cup, visit www.facebook.com/SylvaniaAutomotive. For more information on SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting products, visit www.sylvania.com/auto.

About OSRAM SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting

OSRAM SYLVANIA, together with OSRAM GmbH, is the world leader in automotive lighting for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the automotive aftermarket. The company’s global automotive lighting division has its principal North American operations in Hillsboro, N.H., with nearly 600 employees. In addition to TS 16949, this facility has also achieved ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications. Automotive Lighting designs, develops, manufactures and markets state-of-the-art automotive light sources, including auxiliary, advanced halogen, LED and high-intensity discharge lighting for interior, exterior and forward lighting applications. More than 400 lamp types are produced for cars, trucks, and electronics in facilities throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Automotive applications for OEMs are marketed under the OSRAM brand, while products for the aftermarket are sold under the SYLVANIA brand.

About OSRAM SYLVANIA

OSRAM SYLVANIA is a leader in lighting solutions and services, specializing in innovative design and energy saving technology. The company sells products for homes, businesses and vehicles primarily under the SYLVANIA brand name, and also under the OSRAM brand. Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is the North American operation of OSRAM GmbH. For more information, visit www.sylvania.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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