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AEM Sponsored Gardella Racing and Rockstar Scion Racing Take 2nd and 3rd at Formula Drift

October 7th, 2010 No comments


The wine country of the northern Bay Area was quiet and peaceful until Formula Drift slid through on September 10th and 11th. Fans were treated to some awesome drifting action and a sneak preview of the intense competition to follow at Irwindale, CA October 8th and 9th.

Gardella Racing and their AEM sponsored LS7-powered Pontiac Solstice made their presence known over the weekend with a strong finish in 2nd place. Ryan Tuerck drove phenomenally and took the Retakes Insane Entry Award for his performance. The competition was stiff as Ryan had to face Darren McNamara, Dai Yoshihara, and Tanner Foust on his way to the final race against Vaughn Gittin Jr. “The car felt great and I felt great. The setup was perfect,” said Ryan, and his car and his team have helped to put him just 85 points out of first place.

Rockstar Scion Racing and their AEM sponsored NACSAR V8 powered Scion tC had a great weekend too and kept their team in strong contention for the championship, finishing in 3rd place over the weekend. “It has been an incredibly competitive season,” said team owner Stephan Papadakis,

“To be heading into the final round in third place after four podiums is a testament to how high the level of competition has been this year.” Stephan’s observation couldn’t be any more accurate, as Tanner had to do battle with Patrick Mordaunt, Tyler McQuarrie, Rhys Millen, and Ryan Tuerck on his way to his podium finish.

It all comes down to this – The Title Fight, October 8th and 9th in Irwindale, CA. With only 100 points separating 1st and 4th place, the stakes couldn’t get any higher. Just one 1st place finish can send a team to the top of the podium. AEM sponsored Gardella Racing and Rockstar Scion Racing are poised and ready. Drift fans won’t want to miss the exciting finish to the 2010 Formula Drift season. Every driver is going to be charging hard, leaving everything on the track. This will be a race for the ages.

[Source: AEM]

2010 Season Formula DRIFT Rockstar Energy Scion- Looking Toward Monroe, WA

July 13th, 2010 No comments

This season has been a good start for the Rockstar Energy Scion Racing team in Formula D. After three rounds, Tanner Foust is sitting in third place with a weekend of intense racing looming on the horizon in round four in Monroe, WA. Tanner has been performing very well, but it takes more than a good driver for a team to win a championship.

When asked about what challenges the Rockstar Energy Scion Racing Team have faced this season, team owner Stephan Papadakis commented, “We thought last year was very competitive, but this year is even harder. There are 10+ teams/drivers that could win each weekend. It makes for a really exciting event. We love the challenge! Also, we are always working on getting more steering angle. Most factory cars have 35 degrees of steering. We are close to 50 now, but it is hard to control the wheel at that angle.” Patience is a virtue that the Rockstar team is embracing, realizing that championships cannot be won in one event. They’re taking this season one event at a time, focusing on the task at hand, and working together to win a third Formula DRIFT championship for the Rockstar Energy Scion Racing Team.

The competition and air are only getting tenser as the Formula DRIFT championships in Irwindale, CA are quickly approaching. Each weekend will be full of intense, tire spinning, smoky and sideways action. Tanner Foust and the Rockstar Energy Scion team are looking to be strong competitors for the championship, but as Stephan Papadakis said, nothing is set in stone. It’s anyone’s race.

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