Now that was a crazy weekend to end the 2016 Formula Drift season at the House of Drift! It was truly filled with the most unexpected twists and turns we’ve seen in recent memory, but team SR by Toyota still rose to the occasion despite the final outcome.
Teamwork is paramount when it comes to describing all of our crews, but GReddy Racing found solutions to keep Ken Gushi in the game early on.
After experiencing some damage during practice that rendered some of the car’s intercooler piping useless, they looked to our Pikes Peak Toyota 86 racecar to pull the parts from to get Gushi’s 86 back up and running again quickly. Without the Mackin/Evasive Motorsports/Turn 14 car present, Gushi would’ve been out before the main competition even started.
Things were shaping up for Gushi as he went to the Top 32 to face off against “Mad” Mike Whiddett and the RADBUL Mazda MX5. Their first tandem battle was so good it was enough to warrant a One More Time call, but during his lead in the second faceoff, Gushi accidentally over-rotated, causing him to face the wrong way with Mad Mike coming straight at him. An accident was unavoidable, which ended Gushi’s weekend unfortunately.
Fredric Aasbo had high hopes of securing a possible second consecutive Championship title but would have his work cut out for him in order to do so. After the points leader, Chris Forsberg, was knocked out of competition in the Top 16, his chances were looking great until a bump with Matt Field put him at a huge disadvantage and ultimately out of competition as well, giving Forsberg the 2016 title.
Nonetheless, Aasbo’s stellar efforts all season long cemented him as the second place overall finisher with a total of 502 points, as well as being FD’s Top Qualifier of the Year and Top Gun of the Year. Huge congrats to Aasbo and the Papadakis Racing team!
Last but not least, Irwindale proved to be Ryan Tuerck’s round more than any SR by Toyota team member. After qualifying second for the weekend, a couple of bye runs allowed him to move into the Great 8 where he was able to advance past Tyler McQuarrie but is unable to compete against Field (the round’s eventual winner) after having to take a competition timeout to try and get his O’Reilly/Hankook 86 started, but just can’t.
Though it was a crazy season of ups and downs, SR by Toyota proudly claimed the Auto Cup thanks to a commanding lead over the rest of the competition, and we stand proud having competed with the best of them during our last season in Formula Drift representing the Scion brand.
Check out the video below as we take a look back at some of Scion Racing’s best moments.