Formula DRIFT Round 5: Throwdown Results; Fredric Aasbo Takes the Victory and the Lead in the Standings

Long Beach, Calif. – July 25, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Evergreen Speedway for Round 5: Throwdown. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC takes the victory and lead in both the Pro Championship and World Championship standings.

Round 5: Throwdown provided plenty of on-track action and excitement for the capacity crowd at Evergreen Speedway. With shifting weather conditions, the drivers had to make constant adjustments throughout the weekend making for a technical competition. Over 330,000 fans tuned into the Driftstream over the weekend to see the action unfold.

“This was quite an event as we witnessed the consistency of Aasbo to take the victory and see the talents of a young driver in Alec Hohnadell to reach his first podium,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “This event saw a shakeup in the Pro Championship standings, which will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out.”

The semi-finals saw Alec Hohnadell in the 11 Racing Nissan S14 go against veteran Justin Pawlak in the Roush Performance / Car Crafters Ford Mustang. Hohnadell advanced to the Finals with both drivers receiving a double zero on the second run of their battle and having the advantage on the first run. Pat Goodin in the Enjuku Racing / Falken Tire Nissan S13 lost out to the consistent driving of Fredric Aasbo. Pawlak finished in third place with the higher qualifying position than Goodin. The rain began to pour into the Finals and Aasbo proved that he can handle the wet conditions taking his second consecutive victory and his third victory of the season. Aasbo moves into the top position in both the Pro Championship and World Championship standings. Hohnadell earned second place for his first career Pro Championship podium.

“What a wild rollercoaster of an event,” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 5: Throwdown. “It was wet, it was dry, it was intermediate and I think growing up on the snowy, frozen lakes of Norway was a huge advantage. We kept it cool and ended up with the win and are exactly where we want to be leading the points championship.”

The 2015 Formula DRIFT season will continue to Round 6: Showdown on August 21-22 at Texas Motor Speedway. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Round 5: Throwdown Event Results
1. Aasbo, Fredric     Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC    Winner
2. Hohnadell, Alec    11 Racing Nissan S14    2nd Place
3. Pawlak, Justin    Roush Performance / Car Crafters Ford Mustang    3rd Place
4. Goodin, Pat     Enjuku Racing / Falken Tire Nissan S13    4th Place
5. Field, Matt     CX Racing / Yokohama Nissan S14    5th Place
6. Saito, Daigo    Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R    6th Place
7. McQuarrie, Tyler    Mobile 1 / GoPro Chevrolet Camaro    7th Place
8. Gittin, Vaughn    Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR    8th Place
9. Moen, Kenny     Bridges Racing / Achilles / Gatebil Nissan S14    9th Place
10. Gushi, Ken     GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S    10th Place
11. Forsberg, Chris    NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z    11th Place
12. Denofa, Chelsea    BC Racing / Chelsea DeNofa Motorsports / GT Radial BMW    12th Place
13. Essa, Michael    SLP Performance / Yokohama Tire Chevy Camaro    13th Place
14. Whiddett, Mike    RedBull / Mobil 1 Mazda “Radbul”    14th Place
15. Coffman, Matt    Coffman Racing Nissan S13    15th Place
16. Stoneback, Geoff     Achilles Radial / Parts Shop Max / Enkei Nissan S14    16th Place

2015 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by GoPro Top 3 Standings After Five Rounds
1. Aasbo, Fredric    Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC    373.00 Points
2. Tuerck, Ryan    Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S    297.00 Points
3. Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis     Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Nissan 240SX    293.00 Points

Manufacturers Championship Standings After Five Rounds
1. Scion    785.00 Points    
2. Nissan    417.00 Points    
3. Ford    407.00 Points    
4. Chevrolet    300.00 Points    
5. Mazda    225.00 Points    
6. Dodge    170.00 Points    
7. Infiniti    159.00 Points    
8. BMW    139.00 Points    
9. Toyota    105.00 Points    

Tire Championship Standings After Five Rounds
1. Hankook    751.00 Points    
2. Nitto    516.00 Points    
3. Achilles    510.00 Points    
4. Falken    485.00 Points    
5. Yokohama    447.00 Points    
6. Maxxis    401.00 Points    
7. GT Radial    266.00 Points    

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