Formula DRIFT Round 4: The Gauntlet Results; Conrad Grunewald Wins at Wall Speedway

Date: 6/19/2011 11:02:13 AM

















For Immediate Release

June 18, 2011

Formula DRIFT Round 4: The Gauntlet Results;
Conrad Grunewald Wins at Wall Speedway


Long Beach, Calif. – June 18, 2011 – Formula DRIFT returned to Wall Speedway for Round 4: The Gauntlet. The capacity event was action packed with Conrad Grunewald in the Hankook Tire Chevy Camaro taking the victory. This marked Grunewald's first victory in Formula DRIFT history and second podium since 2005.

Round 4: The Gauntlet at Wall Speedway was another exciting event where the combination of the banking on the track and the competitive nature of the drivers pushed them to the limits. As a result a few of the vehicles were damaged in competition in dramatic fashion keeping them from advancing to the later rounds. The fans witnessed a true showing of world class drifting.

“Despite the brief storm that caused chaos after qualifying on Friday, the Formula DRIFT community pulled together to help one another to put on another great event,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Fans came out to fill the capacity of the venue on Saturday to showcase the ever growing sport this season.”

The final four vehicles gave a tremendous show for the fans with the first battle pitting number one qualifier Ryan Tuerck in the Mobil 1 / Gardella Racing Chevy Camaro against Conrad Grunewald in the Hankook Chevy Camaro. Tuerck went high on the banking, making impact which damaged his vehicle taking him out of the competition and automatically giving him fourth place. Current points leader Justin Pawlak in the Falken Ford Mustang faced teammate Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire / Falken Nissan 240SX to meet Grunewald in the finals. Yoshihara lost the battle and took third place due to Tuerck's damaged vehicle and moved into second in the Pro Championship points standings. The finals saw a battle of American muscle with Pawlak facing Grunewald. Grunewald edged out Pawlak for his first victory of his career. Pawlak remains the points leader with this third podium finish of the season.

“I’m really happy for the team,” stated Conrad Grunewald, winner of Round 4: The Gauntlet. “We overcame a lot to get to this position this weekend. And I am overwhelmed to be on top of the podium for my first time and especially to do it by beating a Ford Mustang.”

The Formula DRIFT Championship continues for Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway on July 22-23. Tickets are available to purchase online.

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com


Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2011 Point Standings after 4 Rounds
1. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 363 Points
2. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 306 Points
3. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Pontiac Saturn Sky 291 Points
4. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 280 Points
5. Powers, Matt Need for Speed Nissan S14 273.50 Points
6. Grunewald, Conrad Hankook Tire Chevy Camaro 272 Points
7. Tuerck, Ryan Gardella Racing / Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro 245 Points
8. McQuarrie, Tyler Falken Tire Nissan 350Z 244 Points
9. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang 228 Points
10. Yoshioka, Toshiki Retaks Nissan S13 213.75 Points
11. Mohan, Kyle Nexen Tire / Mazdatrix Mazda RX-8 204.50 Points
12. Aasbo, Fredric Need for Speed / Hankook Scion TC 169 Points
13. Gushi, Ken RS*R / Hankook / Scion Racing TC 164.50 Points
14. Petty, Ross Megan Racing / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla 160 Points
14. Wilkerson, Walker Fatlace / Intec Racing Nissan 240 160 Points
16. Waldin, Matt Helix Energy Drink Nissan 350Z 159 Points
Round 4: The Gauntlet Event Results
1. Grunewald, Conrad Hankook / CG Racing Chevy Camaro Winner
2. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang Second
3. Yoshihara, Daijiro Falken Tire / Discount Tire Nissan 240SX Third
Tires.com Triple Crown (after 1 of 3 events)
1. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 106 Points
2. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Saturn Sky 90 Points
3. Yoshioka, Toshiki Retaks Nissan S13 79 Points

For more information contact:
John Pangilinan
The ID Agency
213.802.0863  john@theidagency.com


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