Long Beach, California, Saturday April 11th, 2009— 2007 and 2008 Formula Drift Champion, Tanner Foust won third place and a podium spot at the 2009 Formula Drift Championship season opener on the Long Beach Grand Prix course this weekend. It was a successful debut for the all-new Papadakis Racing built Scion TC that Tanner stepped into for the first time just days earlier.
Foust took third place from Robbie Nishida after being beaten in a hard fought semi-final by eventual winner Ryan Tuerck. Both races with Tuerck and Nishida featured two “one more times” as the competition was so close. Foust ran the Toyota Nascar V8 motored Rockstar Energy Scion TC eighteen times in tandem competition without missing a beat--a phenomenal feat for a car that was developed from scratch in the off-season and testament to the car building skills of Stephan Papadakis and crew.
Foust said, “To walk away from the event with a podium spot on the Rockstar Energy Scion TC's maiden voyage is a huge success. The guys in the shop worked so hard. I'm just glad I could reward their great efforts with a good result. We're all very stoked!”
Team manager and car builder, Stephan Papadakis also commented, “"What an amazing weekend! So many things came together to make this podium finish happen. Tanner drove flawlessly as usual and the Rockstar Scion TC didn't skip a beat thanks to our crew. There are many people and companies that are helping to make this year a success. Thank you everyone!!
Foust will take his new Scion back into battle at the Formula Drift second round in Atlanta on May 8th and 9th. Foust is back in the driving seat defending his current first place in the Rally America championship at the Olympus Rally outside of Seattle, Washington on April 18th and 19th.
About: Tanner Foust is the 2007 and 2008 Formula Drift Champion. The Rockstar Energy Drink Drift Team is operated by Papadakis Racing. Additional sponsors are Scion Racing, Hankook Tires, AEM, ACT, Eneos, Motegi, Tokico, SPC Performance Alpinestars, Fulmer Helmets and Memphis Car Audio.