Papadakis Racing is a sport-performance business based in Hawthorne, California. Founded by Stephan Papadakis, the operation has built a reputation for performance and reliability that is backed by many motorsport records and championships.
Team principal 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 a Civic that became only the fifth car to join the NHRA’s Sport Compact 200 MPH club.
The team began drifting in 2005 and has shown impressive results in Formula DRIFT competition, earning two championship titles (2007, 2008). In the 2010 Championship, the team finished in the runner-up position, with driver Tanner Foust taking second-place points behind the wheel of the team’s first-generation Scion tC. The team’s current driver in the series is newcomer Fredric Aasbo, who signed to Papadakis Racing in 2011 after claiming the previous season’s “Rookie of the Year” title. By the mid-point in the season, the team had already helped their newest member achieve his first overall podium result.
In 2010, the team entered the off-road racing realm, with Papadakis behind the wheel in the Pro Lite Unlimited Class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Papadakis Racing is building a serious effort in the discipline that is expected to mirror the strong performance they have enjoyed in sport-compact racing.
Papadakis currently owns and runs the daily operations at Papadakis Racing, Inc.