Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC back on top in New Jersey

WALL, NJ (June 28, 2015) — Rockstar Energy Drink driver Fredric Aasbo won a wet New Jersey event this weekend, putting on an incredible show of car control as rain pelted the steeply banked Wall Speedway. While many drivers struggled in the slick conditions, Aasbo was in his element.

“I think we have Thor with the hammer with us today,” said the Norwegian Aasbo, referring to the Norse god of storms and thunder. “Growing up in Europe, you face every kind of weather and that played to my advantage. I was definitely doing a rain dance today.”

Even when it’s dry, Wall Speedway is a challenging stop on the Formula Drift calendar. Drivers must maintain drift across the bank, straightaway, and inside turn of the oval — without falling afoul of the grabby guardrails that give “The Gauntlet” its nickname.

When it’s wet, it’s an even bigger test. As many drivers spun out of competition on Saturday, Aasbo confidently advanced through the field. He qualified second and made his way through the early rounds in mixed conditions, advancing past Mats Baribeau, Jhonnattan “JC” Castro and Chelsea DeNofa.

As Aasbo and Masashi Yokoi lined up for the Final Four, the wind whipped up and the skies unleashed a summer downpour. Trailing spindrift instead of the usual tire smoke, Aasbo put down strong lead and chase runs to advance past the Japanese pro and into the final battle.

“We anticipated there could be weather and we sent the car out with a gearing setup that we were confident would work in the wet and the dry,” said team owner Stephan Papadakis. “Having a driver like Fredric who is comfortable in the slippery conditions definitely gave us the advantage.”

In the last battle of the day, Aasbo met Irish driver Dean Kearney. As the rain worsened, the Norwegian confidently adjusted his attack to accommodate the conditions and never put a wheel wrong to take the win.

“We played our cards right today,” said Aasbo. “When the rain hit, we went about it in a very controlled way and proved the Hankook R-S3 is the best tire out there.”

It is Aasbo’s second win in four rounds this year. He dominated the streets of Long Beach in April at the 2015 Formula Drift opener. It is also Aasbo’s second-straight win at Wall Speedway. He scored his first series victory there last season.

As the series rounds the mid-point, Aasbo and the Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC are now third in the championship standings – a slim seven points off the lead.

Aasbo and Papadakis Racing will next appear in the Formula Drift championship for Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway near Seattle, July 24 and 25. Papadakis says he’s got some surprises in store.

“We’re bringing more horsepower because we think it suits the track,” said Papadakis. “We’re going to go for it.”

Papadakis Racing recently released an online video showcasing a full engine build of the team’s 1,000 horsepower Scion tC. It is the latest video on the team’s channel at www.youtube.com/papadakisracing.

Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motorsport with an emphasis on car control skill. Drivers compete in knockout heats on a closed course, sliding sideways in judged trials. With origins in Japan, it is one of the fastest growing forms of motorsport in the world.

ABOUT FREDRIC AASBO

Fredric Aasbo returns to Papadakis Racing in 2015 for his fifth season with the team. The Norwegian driver finished the 2014 Formula Drift champion in the runner-up position and “Fan Favorite of the Year” for the third year in a row. Earlier this year, he released the first video in his Dreamride YouTube project, #DreamrideLA.

The two-time Nordic Drifting champion (2007, 2008) made his U.S. debut at a global drifting invitational in 2008 and turned heads when he won the 2010 Formula Drift Rookie of the Year title. He has rapidly progressed through the drifting ranks around the world and has established himself as both a fan favorite and proven championship contender.

Aasbo is originally from Ski, Norway, and now splits his time between his native country and Southern California. He campaigns a full international season, in 2015 running the full Formula Drift schedule as well as select events worldwide in Europe and in Asia.

ABOUT PAPADAKIS RACING

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 a Civic that became only the fifth car to join the NHRA’s Sport Compact 200 MPH club.

The Papadakis Racing team began drifting in 2005 and has shown impressive results in seven years of Formula Drift competition, earning two championship titles with driver Tanner Foust (2007, 2008). The team finished in the runner-up position in the 2014 championship with driver Fredric Aasbo. The Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC is the team’s latest competition build.

PAPADAKIS RACING IS PARTNERED WITH

Rockstar Energy Drink (www.rockstarenergy.com); Hankook Tire (www.hankooktireusa.com); Scion Racing (www.scion.com); KMC Wheels (www.kmcwheels.com); AEM Electronics (www.aemelectronics.com); Berk Technology (www.berktechnology.com); SPC Performance (www.spcperformance.com); Gatebil Event (www.gatebil.no) RS-R (www.rs-r.com); Torco Advanced Lubricants (www.torcousa.com); BorgWarner (www.borgwarnerboosted.com)