While most professional race car drivers concentrate solely on their race programs, Jim Beaver has been hard at work the last two years building an all-encompassing brand consisting of mainstream media work, social media, brand ambassadorship, as well as an elite level racing program.  By merging his background in racing, radio, the auto industry, and business and marketing, he has taken the action motorsports world by storm.

Jim Beaver has built The Down & Dirty Radio Show Fueled By Speed Energy into the largest action motorsports radio show in the world. His voice reached over 200,000 unique listeners in 2012.  Covering off-road, rally, drifting, supercross, and snocross, Beaver has created a weekly show dedicated to the motorsports and athletes relevant to today’s generation of fans.

Huntington Beach, California – Today DC and Ken Block released Gymkhana FIVE, the 5th installment of the award winning, record-breaking viral video franchise, via the DC Shoes YouTube channel. Filmed on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, Gymkhana FIVE builds on the ultimate playground concept of Gymkhana THREE, with a focus on fast-paced, raw action and Block’s driving skills, all while utilizing the topography of a real-life urban playground.

Chosen for its unique physical terrain and its ability to be easily recognized on a global level, San Francisco served as the perfect location for Gymkhana FIVE. The city by the bay known for its iconic bridges, steep windy streets, and distinct neighborhoods—as well as a famous chase scene in the movie Bullit—provided an ideal gymkhana playground that increased the difficulty level of not just the tricks, but driving lines as well. And, for the first time ever, all of Block’s driving was done on real streets.

“San Francisco was absolutely amazing for Gymkhana,” said Block. “It’s such a unique location for this kind of driving and allowed me to do some things that I never thought I’d ever be able to incorporate into one of my Gymkhana videos—like jumping a table top or doing a jump drift! I’m stoked with how this project turned out and I’m truly a lucky bastard to have been able to do the things I was able to do on the streets of San Francisco. To all of the residents and people who allowed us to make this happen, thank you!”

With whispers and rumors growing for a few weeks now that Off-Road driver Bryce Menzies will be attending X-Games 2012 LA, we can now confirm that the 2011 SCORE Trophy Truck and TORC Pro2 Champion will be taking on a new realm of Motorsports. Bryce has been invited by fellow Red Bull Athlete, Travis Pastrana to compete in the RallyCross portion of the 2012 X-Games, which takes place in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

Bryce will find himself behind the wheel of a Dodge Dart, which is new to the RallyCross competition. The European production based all wheel drive vehicle will produce 600hp, 60lbs of boost and can go from 0-60 in just 2 seconds, similar to F1 car speeds. The Dodge Dart is one of the favored cars for this year’s competition and is expected to produce quality results.

RallyCross debuted in X-Games for the first time in 2010 and is a combination of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition. Rally Car racing takes place on public or private roads from point to point which is similar to racing Baja off-road races, where as RallyCross has as many as 10 drivers racing through a challenging short course which features jumps, unbanked turns and ever changing track conditions, in the same sense that off-road short course racing does. RallyCross is the off-road short course racing of the ever-growing sport of Rally in high-horsepower compact cars.

Portland, OR — Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew won 12 stages out of 16 to win his fourth Oregon Trail Rally.

Higgins never trailed in the rally even when he shot off the road at high speed and bent his rear control arms. The team managed to finish the stage and hobbled to the service for repairs.

“I thought I was done for when I went off,” said Higgins, “But my team got me back on the road. I couldn’t have done it without them. I ‘m so proud to win four Oregon Trail Rallies. I’m getting up there with Ken Block in wins at single events!” said Higgins.

Notably, Higgins’ closest rival, the Rockstar Energy Drink Rally Team’s Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard, needed to bounce back from a DNF suffered at the second round of the Rally American National Championship. At the Oregon Trail Rally the team dogged Higgins until a few turns into stage 7 the car stopped. They were unable to continue and a second DNF severely complicated their chances for another Rally America title.

Salem, MO — Monster World Rally Team’s Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino piloted their 2012 Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V. to a sixth Rally in the 100 Acre Wood title on February 24-25th, 2012, in Salem, MO. The team won 15 of the 17 stages in a hard-fought battle on the extremely fast Ozark Mountain roads and squeaked out a 29.3 second victory over Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew.

From the very beginning Block set a blistering pace outpacing his rivals to lead after day one. On the first leg of the second day, Block lost time to Higgins with a pair of tire punctures and suspension damage. After service, the team made up their lost time and pushed hard during the last two stages to secure the victory.

“I’m stoked about winning my 6th Rally in the 100 Acre Wood,” said Block. “The battle against David Higgins was intense on every stage. He’s the current Rally America champ and one of the people who helped teach me how to race a rally car when I first got started, so to finally compete against him on this level was great, I really enjoyed it. I’m definitely looking forward to running against him again later this year in Olympus.”

David Higgins’ second-place overall finish keeps the team on top of the 2012 Rally America National Championship standings.

Three-time Polish Rally Champion, WRC and Dakar Rally driver, Krzysztof Holowczyc took the third podium position in his Art Logisitics Racing Team Mitsubishi EVO. The team was slightly off the pace after replacing an engine damaged during testing, but managed to take advantage of some key competitor retirements to make the podium.

Most notably, Rockstar Energy Drinks’s Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard, last year’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood overall winners, broke a transmission on stage 4. The characteristically reliable team was battling with Block and Higgins, and within seconds of the factory-backed teams before their mechanical failure ended their run.

Liam Doran is the newest face of the Monster Army on U.S. soil. The up-and-coming British Rallycross driver has made a name for himself overseas, showcasing an aggressive approach to competition, in addition to a brash, confident personality that’s a perfect fit for the Monster Energy brand.

Doran has helped make the Monster claw a more prominent symbol throughout Europe, and now, he’s bringing his talents stateside for X Games 17 this weekend. With his Rallycross experience, Doran is arguably the most versatile driver in the field, and he’ll be looking to win gold inside his Citroen named “Black Mamba.”

What are your thoughts on competing at X Games for the first time?
I’m really excited about it. I’ve watched them for a long time and as a kid, I was always involved in extreme sports, so I know what they’re all about. I’m really happy to finally be competing and I hope to win as well.

Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard have won the 2011 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood after a flawless drive from start to end. L’Estage set a blistering pace early on, winning ten of the event’s fifteen special stages and finishing 17.7 seconds ahead of international rally ace David Higgins. This victory was a particularly sweet one for L’Estage, who celebrated his birthday on Saturday, the second and final day of the rally.

Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew placed second overall, netting their first points of the season and keeping pressure on L’Estage as they gave chase for the duration of rally. Higgins’ Subaru teammate Dave Mirra rounded out the podium by maintaining third overall through most of the event with a solid drive. This is the second consecutive podium finish of the season for Mirra and co-driver Marshall Clarke, who are coming into their own after only two events together.

For those who have missed Ken Block’s videos in the past, just scroll down a ways to check him taking  Gymkhana to a new level. The video is shot just south of Paris, France, in Linas at l’Autodrome de Linas –Montlhéry, at a 1.58-mile oval track that was built in 1924. It features banks as steep as 51 degrees, which is more than double the standard incline of most NASCAR ovals. Chosen by Block for this specific reason, the ramp-like banking proved to be a unique and exciting challenge. The driving physics for the stunts performed were totally unknown until he attempted the maneuvers during filming.