The Inaugural Fiat 500 Abarth Driving Experience

Fiat 500 Abarth Experience

The Inaugural Fiat 500 Abarth Driving Experience was opened up to an interesting mix of invited participants. Each of the five teams consisted of a professional race car driver, a passionate Fiat 500 Facebook fan, a popular automotive website representative and a men’s publishing editor. Throughout the course of the day these five teams would battle each other in the Abarth in four distinct driving challenges taking place on a variety of race courses within the Las Vegas Motor Speedway complex.  Each team competed not only for bragging rights, but also to give the Fiat USA Facebook fans that voted for their team by 4/25 a chance to win a similar experience at the next Fiat Driving Experience in Las Vegas. I’m going to give you a spoiler and admit that unfortunately the Zeroto60Times “Team Velocity” ultimately came in a disappointing second place in the competition, but all hope is not lost if you want to have a similar experience. You see, included in the price of the new Fiat 500 Abarth is a segment exclusive “Abarth Driving Experience” organized by pro drivers from the Richard Petty Driving Experience.  This experience will include a full day jammed-packed with expert training and intense full–throttle Abarth race track driving.  The Abarth Drive for the Fans Driving Experience was not only a ton of fun, but also a fantastic way to for us to discover what the 500 Abarth is truly capable of beyond taking a tame test drive from the local Fiat dealer.  Don’t let its looks fool you. Although the Fiat 500 Abarth is undoubtedly a small car, it packs a mean punch and demands your respect after spirited driving on the track. Meet the teams below and read more about the driving challenges at the Fiat 500 Abarth Drive for the Fans event in subsequent posts. You can also access exclusive videos of the experience on the Fiat Facebook Page.

Fiat Team Cyclone

Jonathan Start – Pro Driver (Fiat 500 B-Spec)
Susan Denbow – Autobytel.com
Matt Williams – Heavy.com
Jeff Seelig – Fiat USA Facebook Fan

Fiat Team Velocity

Kuno Wittmer – Pro Driver (SRT Viper GTS-Rs)
Tommy Johnson – Zeroto60Times.com
Chris Aung-Thwin – AskMen.com
Margaret Bryden – Fiat USA Facebook Fan

Fiat Team Adrenaline

Dominik Farnbacher – Pro Driver (SRT Viper GTS-Rs)
Anthony Guerra – Carsxhype.com
Lougè Delcy – DapperLou.com
Tiffany Lee – Fiat USA Facebook Fan

Fiat Team Bad Boys

Samuel Hubinette – Pro Driver “The Crazy Swede” (Viper Drifting Champ & Movie Stunt Driver)
Bret Dodson – StartingGrid.org
Eric Yang – GearPatrol.com
David Scott Leggett – Fiat USA Facebook Fan

Fiat Team Stingers

Maryeve Dufault – Pro Driver (Dodge Challenger NASCAR)
Carlos Roncajolo – Fiat USA Blogger
Sujeet Patel – GuysGab.com
Mark Bittoni – Fiat USA Facebook Fan

 

 

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