One of my favourite TV shows is Top Gear USA. This is the US version of BBC’s Top Gear that currently airs on The History Channel. When it started out, they tried to make a carbon copy of the original but that didn’t last long. It was quickly apparent that this cast and audience was ready for something different, even if they didn’t realize it. We did enjoy two seasons of celebrity guests displaying their (mostly terrible) driving skills and The Stig.
Here’s the full list of hot laps set by guests and The Stig in guest cars:
Although very different from its progenitor, this crazy show has endeared itself to me and a growing audience of fans. As a result, I’ve not only written my own cheeky reviews of the episodes, but had an opportunity to interview the cast from time to time for My Life at Speed. Here’s a bit more information on the three guys whom I refer to as the “clown princes of American motoring shows”
Tanner Foust is a versatile and multi-talented driver known for his supreme car control and a proven track record of podium placements, national championships and world records. He is a three-time U.S. rallycross champion (2012, 2011, 2010) who has also won four X Games gold medals for rally (2013, 2010, 2007), and two Formula Drift championships (2008, 2007). He has also held multiple world records including for last summer’s astonishing Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare, when he drove a car through a 66-foot loop-the-loop. He also scored the indoor speed record for TV’s Top Gear USA, and set a distance jump record with Hot Wheels when he made a 332′ ramp-to-ramp leap in a truck at the Indy 500.
His varied race experience includes multiple years of open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, rally racing, various types of sports car racing and the SCORE Baja. He has represented the USA in the annual Race of Champions three times, teaming with NASCAR star Carl Edwards in 2008, Travis Pastrana in 2009, and Mick Doohan in 2010. A year after making his overseas debut in the European Rallycross Championship in 2010 with a select campaign, Foust became the first American driver to win a round of that championship and finished both 2011 and 2012 ranked in the top three. The sport was first introduced to the United States in 2010, and Foust has swept the domestic championship titles since then.
When he isn’t racing, the professional driver also performs in films and on television. He is an on-air host for the U.S. version of the seminal BBC auto show Top Gear, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and airing on the HISTORY channel. The second season of his YouTube documentary series, Life in the Foust Lane, is on now with new episodes uploaded every other Thursday to www.youtube.com/RockstarEvents.
Foust is also one of the stars of Ford Racing’s Octane Academy, which aired its second season in 2013. He handles stunt driving in numerous popular films, TV shows and commercials and is featured as a stunt driver in major releases including Need 4 Speed, Bourne Legacy, Bourne Ultimatum, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dukes of Hazzard, Red Dawn and Iron Man 2. www.tannerfoust.com
Here are all of the Top Gear USA related articles that I’ve written here. Enjoy!
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