03 Apr 2020
Ryan Tuerck will move to the most successful team in Formula Drift, Papadakis Racing, to drive the Toyota Corolla formerly piloted by Fredric Aasbo.
Tuerck, a social media star and three-time Formula Drift event winner, has driven a self-prepared Toyota GT86 in recent seasons, but retired the car at the end of last year, opening the door for the move to Papadakis Racing.
“It’s been really hard to keep this under wraps for so long,” said Tuerck. “I got a taste of the Toyota Corolla Hatchback over the past year while I drove a de-tuned version of the Papadakis Racing car in demo events. It’s a blast and I couldn’t be more excited about the competition potential of the platform.”
Aasbo meanwhile will drive a newly-built Toyota Supra for the team after campaigning the unique 1000 bhp Corolla hatchback for the last two seasons.
“It’s going to be great having Ryan working with us this year,” said 13-time event winner Aasbo. “You never want to meet your teammate in tandem, but we’ve had some great battles over the years and it’s going to be a heck of a match-up when it happens now!”
The new Supra has been under construction since last summer, with the stock car’s inline-six engine being tweaked to also deliver a power output that stretches into four figures. The entire built has been documented in a series of videos that have been shared on the team’s YouTube channel.
It is the latest in a long line of innovative builds from Papadakis, which has also campaigned a NASCAR V8-powered Scion tC and a Volkswagen Passat drift car for double series champion Tanner Foust in the past.
The 2020 Formula Drift season was set to begin on April 10-11 on the streets of Long Beach, one week before the IndyCar race in the Californian city. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the season has been placed on indefinite hiatus for the time being.