Rhys Millen and Red Bull Global Rallycross sure know how to make an entrance.
To promote this weekend’s Volkswagen Rallycross DC event at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., Millen got a police escort around the city in his No. 67 Hyundai Veloster.
But the New Zealand racer was not content to cruise, and instead showcased some of the driving skills that has made him a top-tier competitor in both rally racing and drifting.
In addition to racing, Millen works as a stunt driver in motion pictures, with films such as The Dukes of Hazzard and multiple editions of the “The Fast and the Furious” franchise on his resume.
But this week has marked his first time visiting Washington in all of his travels, and he wanted to make sure it didn’t begin with any issues during the stunt.
“The pressure was definitely on not to make a mistake with all the Secret Service people and the police that were right there ready to pounce if we did make a mistake or break any laws,” Millen told MotorSportsTalk this afternoon.
“We had tight restrictions, but we had great people that worked with us inside and outside of production there in the city. We paid them respect, they gave us respect, and we got the job done.”
Millen reports that the locals in the region are getting fired up about Red Bull GRC’s event this weekend, which marks the first time in over a decade that D.C. has played host to professional motorsports.
He expects that they’ll be treated to a great show on Saturday and Sunday at a course that, from his perspective, has been well-put together by promoters Andretti Sports Marketing.
Additionally, he thinks the course will suit his and teammate Emma Gilmour’s Hyundais well.
“The course is designed in a way that I would consider it a low to medium speed course, although there are a couple of straightaways where you can open the car up,” Millen said.
“It’s really about placing your vehicle in the right position and having the chance to be very dynamic. Our car has been working really well. We’re probably down on power over some of the cars with more development, but that probably shouldn’t be a factor on a course like this.”
However, Millen knows he needs to get a proper result after good runs in the season’s first two races were derailed.
He made it to the final round at the Barbados opener only to be knocked out with a fuel pick-up issue. Then at X Games Austin, contact with another driver in his quarterfinal heat led to him being penalized and unable to advance.
Still, Millen is pleased with the Hyundai’s overall performance and believes that if he can run clean, a good day can be had in the Capitol.
“If there’s no mistakes and a little bit of luck, I think we’ll be in a great position for this weekend,” he said.
You can catch Millen and the rest of the Red Bull Global Rallycross drivers in action Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.
Volkswagen Rallycross DC will also be streamed online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.