Fredric Aasbo in title hunt heading into mid-season
Driver leads championship as series heads for Wall, NJ
WALL, New Jersey (May 30, 2018) – Formula Drift championship leader Fredric Aasbo is in the hunt for a second win of the season in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla Hatchback as the series heads to New Jersey this weekend for Round 4.
“The last time I won at Wall Speedway was in 2015, on the way to winning the Formula Drift championship title,” said Aasbo. “It’s an unforgiving track that is really tough on the cars, but we’ve figured out a setup that has worked really well in the past. I’m looking forward to unleashing the new car there.”
Aasbo has won twice at Wall Speedway, bringing home the victory in 2014 and 2015. He enters the event this year as the only driver to finish on the podium at every stop so far.
The compact nature of the Wall track focuses the competition into close quarters, where mistakes can be costly. Drivers are rewarded for staying close to the guardrail on the steeply banked track, known as “The Gauntlet.” Maintaining drift from the backing through the transition to the tight-radius finishing corner requires a perfect blend of speed and control.
The forecast this weekend shows a mix of sun and rain, playing to the driver’s strengths in all conditions. “Growing up in Norway, I learned how to drive in any kind of weather,” said Aasbo. “Wet weather certainly adds to the challenge, but if it comes, I hope it might also give us an edge.”
Focusing on fundamentals has proven an effective strategy for the Papadakis Racing team.
“Wall is one of those tracks where there are as many as 10 drivers in the field who could win, so we’ll keep doing what works,” said team owner Stephan Papadakis. “We’ll be looking for a strong qualifying performance and to carry the momentum throughout the competition.”
Competition starts this Friday with qualifying at 3:15 p.m. and runs through Saturday, with Top 32 tandem at 1 p.m. Fans of Formula Drift can watch live stream coverage of the series online, or catch the broadcast coverage on the CBS Sports Network.
Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motorsport with an emphasis on car control. In the Formula Drift series, drivers compete in knockout heats on a closed course, sliding sideways in trials judged on speed and style. With origins in Japan, it is one of the fastest growing forms of motorsport in the world.
ABOUT FREDRIC AASBO: Known for his flat-out style, champion driver Fredric Aasbo has achieved 100-plus podium finishes on three continents over the past decade of competition. With 11 outright victories in Formula Drift, he is the most winning driver in series history.
Aasbo returns to the Formula Drift series in 2018 for a full season in a brand new Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla Hatchback, while also running a select season of events in Europe in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Icom Toyota 86-X, and events in Asia.
Aasbo made his U.S. debut at a global drifting invitational in 2008 and scored the 2010 Formula Drift Rookie of the Year title. Since then, he has charged through the drifting ranks around the world and is both a fan favorite and championship winner.
Originally from Ski, Norway, Aasbo now splits his time between his native country and Southern California.
ABOUT PAPADAKIS RACING: The Papadakis Racing team began drifting in 2004 and is the most winning team in Formula Drift history, earning the 2015 title with driver Fredric Aasbo, as well as back-to-back championships with driver Tanner Foust in 2007 and 2008. The Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla Hatchback is the latest competition build from the Hawthorne, California, based team.
Team owner Stephan Papadakis is a legend of sport-compact racing who began building his reputation in the 1990s with the first front-wheel drive, tube-chassis drag car in the U.S. The team earned multiple records and championships in the discipline, turning in elapsed times and trap speeds previously thought unattainable in front-drive drag cars. Papadakis’ successes in front-wheel drive were matched by his efforts in rear-wheel drive when he campaigned just the fifth car to join the NHRA’s Sport Compact 200 MPH club.
PAPADAKIS RACING IS PARTNERED WITH Rockstar Energy Drink (www.rockstarenergy.com); Nexen Tire (www.nexentireusa.com); Toyota (www.toyota.com); TRD (www.trdusa.com), Motegi Racing (www.motegiracing.com); AEM Electronics (www.aemelectronics.com); SPC Performance (www.spcperformance.com); Gatebil Event (www.gatebil.no); RS-R (www.rs-r.com); Lucas Oil (www.lucasoil.com); BorgWarner (www.borgwarner.com); CTEK (www.ctek.com); Berk Technology (www.berktechnology.com)