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News   October 11, 2007   by Auto Service World

Wicks Sets New Stock Car Speed Record


Autodesk, Inc. today announced that Russ Wicks, who holds world speed records of more than 200 miles per hour on both land and water, has set a new stock car world speed record of 244.9 miles per hour, which has been confirmed by Guinness World Records.
Wicks successfully achieved the record on Tuesday October 9 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Northwestern Utah while driving a 2007 Dodge Charger built to NASCAR specifications.
The new record shatters Wicks’ previous stock car world speed record of 222 miles per hour.
“I’m totally thrilled,” said Wicks. “It’s an amazing feeling to push yourself to the edge and emerge victorious.”
Wicks’ vehicle was developed with the backing of the Dodge Motorsports Engineering Group and Arrington Engines. Autodesk software was leveraged to make integral performance modifications.
“Wicks is a true American original, and we congratulate him on his new world speed record,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions.
Russ Wicks is the only living person to hold world speed records over 200 MPH on land and water.
For his accomplishments he has been featured on ESPN, the National Geographic Channel, included in the Guinness World Records Book, and also appeared on the cover of WIRED Magazine.


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