AEM Sponsored Gardella Racing and Rockstar Scion Racing Take 2nd and 3rd at Formula Drift

Tanner Foust giving chase to Tyler McQuarrie in his Top 16 battle.
Tanner Foust giving chase to Tyler McQuarrie in his Top 16 battle.
The wine country of the northern Bay Area was quiet and peaceful until Formula Drift slid through on September 10th and 11th. Fans were treated to some awesome drifting action and a sneak preview of the intense competition to follow at Irwindale, CA October 8th and 9th.
Tanner talking to the press before the race.
Tanner talking to the press before the race.


Gardella Racing and their AEM sponsored LS7-powered Pontiac Solstice made their presence known over the weekend with a strong finish in 2nd place. Ryan Tuerck drove phenomenally and took the Retakes Insane Entry Award for his performance. The competition was stiff as Ryan had to face Darren McNamara, Dai Yoshihara, and Tanner Foust on his way to the final race against Vaughn Gittin Jr. "The car felt great and I felt great. The setup was perfect," said Ryan, and his car and his team have helped to put him just 85 points out of first place.
Ryan Tuerck and Tanner Foust hoisting their trophies on the podium in Sonoma.
Ryan Tuerck and Tanner Foust hoisting their trophies on the podium in Sonoma.


Rockstar Scion Racing and their AEM sponsored NACSAR V8 powered Scion tC had a great weekend too and kept their team in strong contention for the championship, finishing in 3rd place over the weekend. "It has been an incredibly competitive season," said team owner Stephan Papadakis,
Ryan Tuerck showing off his trophy.
Ryan Tuerck showing off his trophy.
"To be heading into the final round in third place after four podiums is a testament to how high the level of competition has been this year." Stephan's observation couldn't be any more accurate, as Tanner had to do battle with Patrick Mordaunt, Tyler McQuarrie, Rhys Millen, and Ryan Tuerck on his way to his podium finish.

It all comes down to this - The Title Fight, October 8th and 9th in Irwindale, CA. With only 100 points separating 1st and 4th place, the stakes couldn't get any higher. Just one 1st place finish can send a team to the top of the podium. AEM sponsored Gardella Racing and Rockstar Scion Racing are poised and ready. Drift fans won't want to miss the exciting finish to the 2010 Formula Drift season. Every driver is going to be charging hard, leaving everything on the track. This will be a race for the ages.

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