Thursday, March 2, 2006

Reality Racing Show Stays In The ‘PINKS’

PHOENIX (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – NASCAR and IndyRacing get all the headlines, but the most dramatic example of auto racing may be a reality show called PINKS.

The show, which airs Wednesdays on the Speed Channel, pits car freaks against each other in drag races that aren’t for money but for the ownership of their competitor’s car.

Host and creator Rich Christiansen came up with the idea while watching American Graffiti and figures there’s nothing more dramatic than watching him hand over the “pink slip” to the other racer after a loss.

As he puts it, “There are tears but they have all been stand-up guys when it’s time to hand over the keys.”

Christiansen says the show’s version of drag racing is especially dramatic because he uses a “hand start” to the race instead of fancy lighting system.

In his words, “You’ll have guys who swear I moved my hand or dipped a shoulder or blinked before the race.”

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