Fredric Aasbo heads to New Jersey for Formula Drift Round 4

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Fredric Aasbo heads to New Jersey for Formula Drift Round 4

WALL, New Jersey (June 5, 2019) - Fredric Aasbo and the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla Hatchback will be chasing for a win this weekend as the Formula Drift championship heads to New Jersey for Round 4.

Aasbo is second in the points as the 2019 season approaches its midpoint at Wall Stadium Speedway. He and the Papadakis Racing team are hoping to keep up the momentum from last month's perfect weekend in Georgia, where the driver earned the top qualifying spot and brought home the win. 

"I have a love-hate relationship with Wall," said Aasbo. "I got my first series win there, but I've also experienced first-hand why they call it 'the Gauntlet.' This weekend is going to be about finding a good rhythm and riding that to the top of the elimination ladder."

The track is nicknamed "the Gauntlet" for the treacherous guardrails that line its steeply banked oval. The Formula Drift track configuration uses parts of the high bank, straightaway, and inside turn. It favors precise driving coupled with careful setup.

"Every track in this championship offers something different and at Wall it's about managing the bumpy transitions and staying just close enough to the edge," said team owner Stephan Papadakis. "We're happy with the way we've been able to refine the handling in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla Hatchback on ovals."

Aasbo is the most winning driver in Formula Drift history, with 13 series wins -- all since joining Papadakis Racing in 2011. He has earned two of those victories at Wall Stadium Speedway, his first in 2014 and a repeat a year later on the way to the 2015 championship crown. Last year, Aasbo scored ninth-place points there after he made contact with the guardrail.

Full coverage airs live online at starting at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday with qualifying and returning at 12:45 p.m. Saturday for the opening Top 32 tandem rounds.

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.