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Formula Drift

Aasbø Aims for Formula DRIFT Title

10_10_2018_Preview_Hero.jpgAasbø Aims for Formula DRIFT Title
As the Formula DRIFT (FD) season-finale approaches this weekend at California’s Irwindale Speedway, Toyota driver Fedric Aasbø will be looking for a victory to score his second career championship. Aasbø sits 49 points behind current leader James Deane, and will need a win to contend for the championship.
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"Irwindale is my favorite event of the year when it comes to the atmosphere at the track. It is a hallowed place, “said Aasbo. “Ever since I was a kid growing up watching Formula Drift from my home in Norway, this has been the event where dreams come true.”

Aasbø has had a championship-worthy season collecting two wins (Long Beach and Gateway) and five podiums. He has one career victory at Irwindale that came in 2015 – the same year he previously won the series title proving nothing is out of reach.

As Toyota heads to Irwindale hoping for a driver championship, the manufacturer secured its fifth-consecutive Formula DRIFT manufacturer championship with two top-five results in last month’s Round 7 ‘The Showdown’ at Texas Motor Speedway. This year’s title was clinched approximately 30 miles from Toyota Motor North America’s Plano, Texas-based headquarters.

The 2018 title was captured on the strength of Toyota drivers who earned two wins, six podium finishes and 23 top-16 showings over the first seven events of the eight race season.
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“I’m incredibly proud to be a part of all five of Toyota’s manufacturer championships,” said Aasbø, the 2015 Formula D champion and series’ all-time wins leader. “I’ve been with Toyota for over 10 years now and the support they give us allows us to go out and perform on the race track. It’s even more amazing to see Toyota take the championship this weekend in Texas when we’re just a half hour away from their headquarters with lots of Toyota team members out here enjoying the race.”

Toyota has now won five Formula DRIFT manufacturer championships (2014-2018).

Ryan Tuerck, who also has had a strong season and currently sits seventh in the standings, was proud to be a part of Toyota’s fifth-straight manufacturer title.

“It's an incredible feeling being part of such a large family that is Toyota Racing, said Tuerck. “Helping clinch Toyota's fifth straight manufacturer's championship is a testament to the dedication of the drivers, teams, cars, and people that make up the massive effort that it takes to accomplish such a goal.”

The four Toyota drivers and Formula DRIFT close out their 2018 season this weekend at Irwindale Speedway Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13. The Round 8 ‘Title Fight’ at Irwindale Speedway will be live streamed on ToyotaRacing.com.

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