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Formula Drift

Apr 3 - 2020
Read Time 5 Min

10 Questions with Ryan Tuerck

Ryan Tuerck10 Questions with Ryan Tuerck

What series and car are you currently in?

Series: Formula Drift
Vehicle: 2020 Gumout / Nitto Tire / Mobile1 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Describe your first win.

My first Formula Drift win came in 2009 at the Long Beach Grand Prix. It was my second year with a new team and we had high expectations going into the season. We’d put a development year on the car the year before, and after working through the off-season we came back with a brand new car that we were confident would be a championship contender. We all knew we were well positioned for a win, but I don’t think any of us expected to hit that hard and take it right off the bat, so it was really satisfying.

Ryan Tureck Gumout Toyota 86
What is your favorite workout at the gym?
 
I like doing the Olympic lifts: the clean-and-jerk and the snatch. I can’t snatch very well right now because my shoulder is bothering me, but I’ve got a squat clean of 245, which I’m pretty happy with right now. The goal is progress: to always get stronger. 
 
What is your most memorable birthday gift?
 
My twin brother and have been into the same things basically our entire life, so usually our parents would buy us two of the same thing for our birthday. It was easiest for them to double-down on gifts instead of getting each of us different things. The most memorable gift was actually one thing that my dad bought me and my brother to share. In 1994, he brought home a brand new CR80 -- a 80cc single cylinder, two-stroke motocross motorcycle. That was the start of my competition career. 
 
Ryan Tureck and Federick Aasbo
What is your go-to karaoke song?
 
There are no karaoke songs. I’m not a good singer and I know it.
 
What TV show are you binge watching right now? 
 
Drive to Survive on Netflix. I haven’t finished it yet... I’m on the 8th episode and I like it a lot. It’s cool to see the inner workings of the teams and watching it feels pretty real, to me. 

I like that they’re showing us a lot more of what you don’t usually see behind the scenes. I think it’s pretty accurate and gives you get a taste of what’s really happening. There’s obviously a lot more going on that isn’t shown from the technical side and what they’re going through as a team to win on any weekend. But, from a driver perspective, I can definitely relate. What you see on Drive to Survive really isn’t that much different from what any of us go through on a competition weekend.
 
Ryan Tureck
Besides racing, what activity do you enjoy doing?
 
I’m really motivated about my training. I’ve always been in some sort of cardiovascular shape my entire life, and I started taking strength training a lot more seriously a few years ago when I found out I had osteoarthritis in one of my vertebrae. Getting that diagnoses really scared me because it felt like I was too young to have any skeletal degeneration like that. Right away, I changed my diet and started a workout plan. The pain in my vertebrae went away once I had built up my core strength. I’m still really serious about it, and I don’t see that changing. 
 
Who is your racing idol?
 
I started my racing career in motocross and the defining figures of my childhood were the stars of that sport: Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, and Mike LaRocco. 

A lot of what I took from these guys is how hard you have to work to get ahead. 

I have always admired Carmichael because of his work ethic. He brought a whole new training regimen  to the sport and dominated everything he competed in. I feel the same way about LaRocco – even though he wasn’t as successful in his career overall. 

McGrath just had this stunning natural ability. He was such a phenom. It didn’t seem like he had to train a ton, yet he could go out on any given weekend and win anything. 
 
Ryan Tureck Gumout Toyota 86
What sports teams are you a fan of?
 
All the Boston sports teams: the Boston Bruins, the New England Patriots, and the Boston Celtics. And the Boston Red Sox -- even though I’m not much of a baseball fan. 
 
If you weren’t a race car driver, what would you be doing? 
 
I can’t imagine another life than the one I have, but I do think if I wasn’t a driver I would probably own a business of some sort and work for myself. I like to be in control of my own path and direct my own future, and having a business would allow me to do that. Maybe I would be a team owner if I wasn’t behind the wheel.