Colorado Springs, May 2----------Ken Gushi is recognized as one of Japan's top performers in the popular auto sport of Drifting, where he has been successful for years in the exciting sport.
Born in Okinawa but raised in Los Angeles, Ken became the youngest competitor in both the D1 Grand Prix of Japan and the Formula Drift Championships of the U.S. when he was 16, despite not passing his driving test at the time.
Gushi's career as a professional driver traces back to when he was only 14 years old, being taught how to drift by his father in a Toyota AE86. Hours of practice behind the wheel eventually led him to pro competition, where he became the youngest driver in both D1GP and Formula Drift history.
In 2008, Ken helped Scion Racing debut the first ever RWD converted RS*R Scion tC, earning multiple podiums along the way. His career has since come full circle, as he's taken the reigns of the GReddy Racing Scion FR-S - a car descended from the lineage of the AE86.
Gushi will be entered in The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the fourth time on June 29 after winning the Exhibition Auto Class last summer behind the wheel of a Lexus ISF CCSR with a clocking of 12.03.85.
This time, Gushi will tackle stiffer competition, entered in the Time Attack 1 Division, driving a 2013 Scion FR-S. Time Attack is a division for production based two and four wheel drive vehicles, this division features the Time Attack 1 Class and Time Attack 2 Class. Eligibility is restricted to close-bodied four-wheel vehicles.
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motorsports race in America behind the Indianapolis 500 and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. It began in 1916, and this year marks the 92nd running of the world's most famous and demanding hill climb.
The race is run on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,115 foot summit of America's Mountain. As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. Competitors, vehicles and motorcycles must be in top shape simply to finish, let alone win!