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Aasbo Claims Runner-Up to Extend Points Lead

Fredric Aasbo

Braselton, Georgia (May 16, 2018) – Round 3 of the Formula Drift series at Road Atlanta would see fast starts and strong finishes for Lucas Oil supported drivers as Justin Pawlak would earn the top qualifier position and Fredric Aasbo would claim a runner-up finish to extend his points lead.

After qualifying third, Aasbo would pilot his Rockstar Energy Drink/Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla Hatchback to the final round to face long-time rival Kristaps Bluss. While his bid for victory would come up just short, it would still be a successful result for the Papadakis Racing Team as Aasbo would score his third consecutive podium of the year and extend his points lead in the process. "I am ecstatic to break the curse here at Road Atlanta and beat some heavy hitters," said Aasbo. “Kristaps and I have a history of going all out against each other and tonight was another amazing battle."

Justin Pawlak

Pawlak’s stellar Friday performance was a continuation of his strong start to the season. After qualifying efforts of fourth and third in the first two events, Pawlak would kick off his Atlanta round in spectacular fashion by emphatically claiming the top qualifier position. While his Saturday would end in the second round, Pawlak was still able to take away the positives from the weekend. “We’ve improved our qualifying position in every event so it’s not a huge surprise that we qualified in the top spot,” said Pawlak. “Now we want to focus on translating our strong Friday performances to round wins on Saturday but it’s good to know the Roush Performance/Falken Tire Mustang has what it takes to win.”

For Matt Field, the event was more challenging than planned. Field would suffer a setback on the pre-event test day when he backed his Falken Tires Chevrolet Corvette into the outside wall, suffering extensive damage. However, the team was able to thrash and get the car back together in time for the event where Field would bounce back to qualify 15th and end the event with his third-straight Top-16 finish after getting the short end of a close decision to Dai Yoshihara. “I went into the wall pretty hard during practice,” said Field. “I just couldn’t see during my transition and I went off on exit. But I’m so proud of the boys for getting the car back to 100%. We lost a tough battle to Dai in the second round but after everything we went through this weekend, I’ll take it.”

Round 4 of the Formula Drift series will head to Wall Speedway in Wall Township, New Jersey when the series returns to action on June 1-2. For tickets or more information visit formuladrift.com.