2009 Formula Drift Championship Wraps Up
The sold-out event was hosted at the local Toyota Speedway, where fans were also entertained by the Jtuned Auto Gallery, Famous Stars and Straps stunt bike demo, and a performance by the "Far East Movement."
"Given the state of the current economy, Formula DRIFT and the sport of drifting have continued to make strides forward," said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. "This has been made evident tonight and a great way to cap the season to a sold out venue."
After the drivers offered non-stop action to the spectators, the competition narrowed down to Ryan Tuerck in the Gardella Racing / Mobil 1Pontiac Solstice and Tyler McQuarrie in the Falken Tire Nissan 350Z. "It feels amazing," said Ryan Tuerck, winner of Round 7: Judgment Day. "To be able to relish in this win for the next 6th months is truly awesome."
As for champion Chris Forsberg, who drove a NOS Energy / Maxxis Tire Nissan 350Z, the Tires.com Triple Crown bonus prize consisted in a check for $10,000 and a custom wheel trophy, Forsberg becoming the first driver to win both in the same season.
"We've been chasing the championship for the past 6 years since Formula DRIFT first started and everyone is out here to do the same thing. We just run as hard as everyone else and did the best we could," said Chris Forsberg, 2009 Formula DRIFT champion and Tires.com Triple Crown bonus prize winner.
"Coming into this last round I saw that Tuerck was just crushing it in practice and I knew that if we didn't get enough points we would lose the championship and Tuerck would take the event and the title, so I'm proud of him doing that and I'm totally psyched for what my team was able to accomplish to win the championship."
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