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Driven to Drift – Episode 7: Irwindale 15 November 2012, 7:16 pm

Irwindale Speedway, otherwise known as the House of Drift, played host for the closing round of the 2012 Formula Drift season. The 7th, and final episode of Driven to Drift Season 4, caught up with each of the Scion Racing teams and drivers as they prepared for their last run of the year.

Ken Gushi and the GReddy Racing team came into the season with a relatively unique dilemma – build an entirely new platform from the ground up, prepare it for the track with no data whatsoever, and keep it running all the way through seven grueling events. Thanks largely to the chemistry between Ken and the team, as well as their respective skills, they went into Irwindale solidly hanging on to 8th place overall.

Conversely, Fredric Aasbo and his team were in the Need for Speed tC for the second season running, giving them an abundance of information that was put to good use. Coming off one of his best runs ever in Las Vegas, Aasbo went into Round 7 riding a huge wave of momentum the team hoped to carry through the event. 6th place firmly in hand, the team’s solid performance all year kept them in contention for a spot on the podium.

Tony Angelo, meanwhile, faced a number of questions about whether or not he’d be able to shake off any rust that formed as a result of 3 years away from the wheel. Driving a car that was new to him and backed by a smaller team, he still managed to power the TAngelo Racing Scion tC through to the Top 32 in every single event. With the House of Drift looming as his final test of the season, Tony went in knowing the car would be pushed to its absolute limit.

All three of the teams and drivers moved on to the Top 16 in the same event for the first time this season, and although they would move ahead no further at Irwindale, their considerable accomplishments in 2012 left little doubt that next year will be big for all of them. Driven to Drift will be back to capture their journey to the top when the 2013 season starts next year in Long Beach.

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