Papadakis Racing to attend SEMA Show


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October 31, 2017


Papadakis Racing to attend SEMA Show in Las Vegas

Driver Fredric Aasbo, team owner Stephan Papadakis to make appearances

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (October 31, 2017) — The SEMA Show this week is a highlight of the year for the team at Papadakis Racing as the automotive aftermarket industry gathers in Las Vegas. Formula Drift Champion Fredric Aasbo and team owner Stephan Papadakis will be at the show for a series of appearances and meetings with industry leaders.

The industry has a special opportunity to get a close look at the Papadakis Racing 2.7 liter Toyota 2AR four-cylinder engine that has powered the team to multiple Formula Drift series wins. The engine will be on display with Torco Racing Oils & Fuels at Booth #24843.

Driver Fredric Aasbo is set to meet fans, answer questions and sign autographs with partner CTEK (Booth #24943) on Tuesday, October 31 at 11 a.m. and return again at 2 p.m. alongside Swedish customizer Johan Eriksson for the unveiling of the radical Dodge Charger RTR.

The Formula Drift champion will also join fans for a meet-and-greet to sign autographs at Nexen Tire (Booth #61012) in the Silver Lot outside the North and Central Halls at 12:30 p.m., and start the day on Wednesday, November 1 at 9 a.m. with a visit to Alcon Brakes (Booth #35233).

Papadakis has been named a finalist for the SEMA Gen-III Innovator of the Year Award, established to honor a young individual from the industry who is making breakthroughs in the areas of new products, new approaches to business, or setting new trends. Previous winners include Jonathan Mill, Keyway Innovations, Joe “Fonzie” Plesher,, and Blake Fuller, Braille Battery.

Awards will be presented Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet, the annual automotive specialty-equipment market’s premier awards ceremony celebrating industry excellence and achievements. Nearly 3,000 guests are expected to attend. In addition to the SEMA Gen-III Innovator of the Year Award, the program also includes the announcement of the SEMA Person of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, WD of the Year, Rep Agency of the Year, and tributes to this year’s SEMA Hall of Fame inductees: GiGi Carleton, Doug Evans and Barry Meguiar.

Also this week, the Papadakis Racing Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM and driver Aasbo will join other members of the Toyota Racing team at the manufacturer’s new campus in Plano, Texas, to celebrate Toyota’s motorsport successes. Toyota won the 2017 Manufacturer’s Title in Formula Drift.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 2016 SEMA Show drew more than 70,000 domestic and international buyers.


The Papadakis Racing team began drifting in 2004 and is the most winning team in Formula Drift history, earning the 2015 title with driver Fredric Aasbo, as well as back-to-back championship titles with driver Tanner Foust in 2007 and 2008. The Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM is the latest competition build from the Hawthorne, California, based team.

Team owner Stephan Papadakis is a legend of sport-compact racing who began building his reputation in the 1990s with the first front-wheel-drive, tube-chassis drag car in the U.S. The team earned multiple records and championships in the discipline, turning in elapsed times and trap speeds previously thought unattainable in front-drive drag cars. Papadakis’ successes in front-wheel drive were matched by his efforts in rear-wheel drive when he campaigned a Civic that became only the fifth car to join the NHRA’s Sport Compact 200 MPH club.

PAPADAKIS RACING IS PARTNERED WITH: Rockstar Energy Drink (; Nexen Tire (; Toyota (; TRD (, Motegi Racing Wheels (; AEM Electronics (; SPC Performance (; Gatebil Event ( RS-R (; Torco Advanced Lubricants (; BorgWarner (; CTEK (; Berk Technology (; AEM Induction (; Alcon Brakes (