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Danville CA – After finishing 5th in the 2011 Formula D Championship, 2nd in the 2011 Discount Tire Triple Crown, and 1st in the last round at Irwindale in 2011, Tyler McQuarrie is finally announcing his 2012 Formula D program. It has been a very busy off-season putting this deal together and it has taken on a new and promising direction over the past few weeks.
Tyler McQuarrie Racing and Gardella Racing have joined forces and will jointly operate the Drift operations of Gardella Racing. Tyler McQuarrie will take a leading role and oversee all operations bringing a wealth of experience and tenacity that the pair believe will take Tyler’s racing to the next level. McQuarrie will compete in the Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro for the 2012 Formula D Championship and will bring onboard and expand his current relationship with GoPro and BC. He is also very excited to bring Yokohama Tire Corp back to Formula D after they spent 5 years away from the sport. Yokohama helped Tyler get into Formula D back in 2004, so it’s fitting that they are partnered up again for this new program. Many of Gardella Racing partners ACT, Enkei Wheels, Eibach, Wilwood, NGK, and Ignite Fuel will continue to support the new program.
“Gary Gardella has built this team into a championship contender over the years and I’m very excited and honored to keep the momentum going while I make a run for the 2012 Championship” said McQuarrie. ” I look forward to my new and expanded role as team manager, driver and having more control of where my career goes from here” Tyler looks forward to complementing and enhancing the relationship with the iconic brand Mobil 1, which has been a strong supporter of this team for the past four years.
Gary Gardella established Gardella Racing in 2001. They had a great deal of success in Drag racing, and in 2005 added General Motors as a corporate partner. In 2009, the team exited drag racing to focus on drifting. They finished 2nd in points in 2009 and 3rd in points for 2010. Gary has put his heart and sole into this team over the years and is ready for this new direction.“
McQuarrie plans on continuing his winning ways in Formula D with this new program. The team has spent the last two weeks getting Tyler seat time in the Camaro and working on a setup with the Yokohama Tires. Keep an eye out for them at Round 1 Formula D Long Beach April 6-7.
Learn more about Tyler McQuarrie www.tylermcquarrie.com
Redondo Beach, CA – based PM Racing and driver Patrick Mordaunt are proud to announce their partnership with APEX Integration for the 2012 Formula Drift season. A’PEXi has always been a leader in high performance components for racers, driving enthusiasts, and has supported PM Racing since the beginning of Patrick Mordaunt’s career. “We are thrilled about this collaboration and opportunity to witness the potential of Patrick Mordaunt’s progression in his career,” said A’PEXi. Mordaunt will drive the recently upgraded A’PEXi Lexus SC430 that previously competed in the 2010 Formula Drift season. Mordaunt said, “I’m excited to partner with an experienced team like A’PEXi and am looking forward to driving their Lexus SC 430 for the 2012 Formula Drift season”.
In addition, to this exciting new partnership is the resurgence of Yokohama Tire back into the Formula Drift Series for 2012. The PM Racing / A’PEXi team has partnered with Yokohama Tire for the 2012 season and is excited to use high performance Yokohama tires with their proven track record for that elusive competitive edge.
Long Beach, Calif. – March 21, 2012 – Formula DRIFT has announced the return of Yokohama Tire Corporation as an official tire supplier for the 2012 Pro Championship.
Yokohama will showcase their ADVAN Neova AD08 tire and the technology driven performance of the Yokohama S.drive on competition vehicles within the Series.
“Yokohama has a long history in the sport of drifting and was among the first tire brands embraced by the pioneers of the sport,” said Matt Johnson, Yokohama Performance Marketing Supervisor. “In addition, the first 2 Formula DRIFT championships were won by drivers using Yokohama tires. The Yokohama brand is synonymous with performance and we look forward to showcasing our products in 2012.”
In the inaugural and second season of Formula DRIFT, Yokohama found success and was the tire on both championship-winning vehicles.
“Yokohama’s proven success within the Series will make for an even more competitive competition in 2012,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We are excited to have one of the original sponsors of the Series return and make a run at another championship.”