Toomas 'Topi' Heikkinen Set to Take the Track at Tomorrow's Global Rallycross Event
Heikkinen to Make His Comeback at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Following Last June's X Games Crash
PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite a death-defying crash at this summer's X Games, Bluebeam-sponsored Global Rallycross standout Toomas "Topi" Heikkinen is ready to make a comeback. Topi will take to the track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway tomorrow evening during the fifth round of the 2012 Global Rallycross Championship (GRC).
After spending the last three months home in Finland recovering from a severely broken ankle and internal injuries, Topi put his 2012 Bluebeam-sponsored OMSE Ford Fiesta to the test this past Tuesday and Wednesday in Lake Elsinore, California – his first time behind the wheel since the June 29th crash that totaled his original Ford Fiesta rally car.
"My new car feels absolutely perfect. It's fast, it's slick and after all this time, it feels so great to finally put the pedal to the metal," Topi said after completing his test runs. "I'm stoked to get back on the track and put on a great show for my fans, and I'm so grateful for all the hard work my team has put in to make my comeback possible."
Topi will take to the track tomorrow in Las Vegas. His all-new Ford Fiesta, assembled in just two short months, will sport a 600-horsepower Ford Duratech 2.0 liter engine with Garrett Turbo and an AWD 6-speed sequential gearbox transmission.
Topi's sponsor, Bluebeam Software, is excited to see that the thrill-seeking Heikkinen has recovered and is ready to return to rallycross. "Topi has attacked his recovery and return to GRC in the same way he attacks the track—all out. He knows how to push his body and his car to the limit," said Bluebeam CEO Richard Lee. "With something to prove and one goal in mind – taking first place – Topi's comeback will be unforgettable."
In addition to the much publicized X Games crash, Topi's Global RallyCross debut has been filled with full-contact, heart-stopping events. In his last U.S. racing appearance at Dallas, Topi battled closely with GRC points-leader Tanner Foust in qualifying, only to be shut out of the finals over a rules misunderstanding. At the GRC opening race in Charlotte this past May, Topi was third across the finish line, but received a black-flag disqualification for his aggressive tactics on the track.
To learn more about Topi's return to rallycross, fans can check out Ford Racing's "Road to Vegas", a video chronicle of Topi's aggressive start in Charlotte, his crash into the landing ramp at the Los Angeles X Games, and his amazing recovery, all leading up to the starting line at Las Vegas. Fans can also follow Topi on his official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/toomastopiheikkinen.
Tomorrow's first heat gets underway at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 8:30 p.m., with the Main Event set for 10 p.m.
About Toomas Heikkinen
Known for his fierce and aggressive style of driving, Toomas "Topi" Heikkinen is a young, up-and-coming rally race driver currently competing in his first season of the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC). Originally from Joensuu, Finland, Topi began his rally racing career in 2010 before becoming a Finnish Rally Champion, ranking sixth in the European Rally Championship (ERC) in 2011. Topi made his move to the U.S. based GRC competition after signing with Olsbergs Motor Sport Evolution just before the start of the 2012 season. To learn more about Topi, visit www.toomasheikkinen.com.
About Bluebeam Software, Inc.
Not your typical software company, Bluebeam Software makes smart, simple collaboration solutions for paperless workflows based on the PDF format. Founded in 2002 in Pasadena, California, Bluebeam's award-winning collaboration technology is used today by the world's top architectural, engineering and construction firms, as well as oil and gas companies, government agencies, accountants and even attorneys, as an intuitive, easy-to-use, PDF-based solution for dramatically improved workflow and more sustainable, paperless operations. Bluebeam supports customers in more than 60 countries directly through its Account Services team in addition to an extensive reseller network. For more information, visit www.bluebeam.com.
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