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Nick Fluge Goes “All In” with Rose Cup Races and World Series of Poker

To my knowledge, it's never been done before, so that's reason enough to give it a try.

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This weekend the airlines may see Portland’s Nick Fluge more often than spectators at two famous events located nearly 1,000 miles apart. On Friday he practices with his Mustang Boss 302 that was originally built by NASCAR legend Jack Roush for the 52nd Annual Rose Cup Races at Portland International Raceway in Oregon.

He then hops a flight to Las Vegas where he competes for the eighth time Saturday in the World Series of Poker at the Rio Las Vegas hotel along with poker colleague and FGA teammate Bill Lowblad. Then, it’s back on a plane to race in Sunday’s Rose Cup (the oldest sports car race west of the Mississippi) and, because he will miss qualifying on Saturday he must start at the back of the field - dead last.

“Some people might call this schedule crazy but it’s the kind of adventure I like best: two wildly different challenges in two parts of the country. To my knowledge, it’s never been done before, so that’s reason enough to give it a try,” Fluge said.

“Opting for a last place grid position to start the race is a clear disadvantage but I believe my car, team and history gives me a sense of ‘destiny.’ This is a little like 2007 when we climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and then halved our team, with two members climbing to Everest Base Camp while others ventured to Scotland to find the Loch Ness Monster and taste premium single malt Scotches,” Fluge said. "We won the first Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) race we competed in this year on May 19,” Fluge added. “We now have two consecutive years with fast laps at Rose Cup races and would like to add a victory to that history.”

The Mustang’s paint scheme is ‘school-bus yellow’ and the number 15 is in honor of Trans-Am Racing legend and Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones. Jones was a factory Ford driver in the exciting series and won numerous races from 1969 through the 1970s. The engine is prepared by NASCAR’s famed duo of RoushYates Engines.

Many favorite competitors are stepping forward to vie for a win this Sunday. Besides Fluge and teammate Matt Crandall who won the 50th Rose Cup race, long time champions Steve Hodge and Brian Richards are expected back along with world class Porsche’s from Canada, San Francisco, and Oregon. The father /son team of Monte and Neil Shelton will be strong competitors as always. Cindi Lux, considered one of the best drivers in her world class Dodge Viper, should also be in attendance.

Fluge’s most recent weekend of racing schedule included the filming of an upcoming music video at PIR due for release in later June. Direction and vocals/dance were led by up-and-coming stars Amanda and Samantha (two of the many FGA team-mates, who also serve as ‘security’ for the team and who are known for their creative and entertaining audio and visual talents).

Last season Fluge raced three times, scoring two firsts in regional races and a sixth in class at the Rose Cup. He arguably had the quickest car of the 2011 Rose Cup Races but a collision with a slower Cobra in Friday practice resulted in the team working 48 hours with no sleep to make Sunday’s starting grid. Fluge and teammate Matt Crandall once again qualified for the front row of the races, but Matt was out early while Fluge led the group into turn one. After an off course excursion Fluge managed to craft quite several of the fastest laps of the field, but was unable to come back all the way to the front.

About Fluge Global Adventures:
Fluge Global Adventures, the brainchild of Portland, Ore.'s Nick Fluge, burst upon the sports scene in 2007 by winning the famous amateur Rose Festival sports car race. Fluge's journey through life took new turns, leading him away from the realm of eCommerce development, to new arenas that included sitting in the seat of SCCA super-cars and playing next to Las Vegas card sharks at the World Series of Poker.

He's crossed the country in the "Cannonball Run," a rally/road race from New York's Central Park to Los Angeles. Two FGA teams tackled a serious hike to Base Camp at Mt. Everest in Nepal, and also explored Loch Ness in Scotland (returning without the monster). A full-scale onslaught on the World Series of Poker took Team FGA "all in - many times!" An Olympic Length Triathlon, the STP 200 Mile Cycle Championship and the "Magical, Digital, Mystery Stationary Bike Tour" occupied team members for much of 2008.

In 2009, a "final four table" finish in the World Poker Challenge spring event and lapping the field in an SCCA National race were part of a landmark year that included more adventures, such as exposing the world to art and pie at the Russell Street Gallery and Pie Diner. The "One World - Infinite Adventures" for local elementary students was one of 2009's most exciting FGA adventures. A solid effort in the first Combine Demolition Derby, and an overnight stay in the infamous and haunted “Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum” are other unique adventures that Fluge and his FGA team have challenged. He also completed a Silversmithing Adventure in Argentina, hiking in the Andes and a Photography and Art Adventure in France and Oregon.

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