We like to think that the Scion Racing program is a large part of the greater Scion family, and in many ways, it is. Our drivers are often asked to take part in everything from events, to product releases, to advertisements, all of which they’re more than happy to have the opportunity to do.
At the same time, we know that Scion Racing isn’t the only branch that extends from the Scion tree. The artists that join together to create Scion Audio/Visual product a ton of amazing art and music, much of which has been featured in our own videos such as Driven to Drift and the Rally xD series.
So, when we were all asked to come together at Willow Springs Raceway for an event featuring all three of the Scion brands, we were more than thrilled to have the chance to take part.
Of course, when the event was being organized, one of the first questions asked was, “what sort of event could bring together two groups of people from completely different industries?”
With guys like Fredric Aasbo and Ken Gushi involved, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the eventual answer was racing.
As competitors in Formula Drift, it’s only natural they had a few connections to the guys who run the series. So, we figured, who better than Jarod DeAnda, the Voice of Formula Drift to come along and host the day’s activities?
Since Ken and Fredric were working with a group of guys who spend more time in the recording studio than on the track, a few driving lessons were in order. Professors Aasbo and Gushi stepped right into the role, giving out a few pointers on technique and line. Drift lessons had to wait for another day.
Jarod helped split the Scion A/V assembly into two teams. The first group, captained by Fredric Aasbo, was given the designation Team Hold Stumt. Hold Stumt is loosely translated into English as “never lift,” and is a phrase Fredric has adopted to describe his relentless driving style.
Facing off against them was Team Gushi. While Team Gushi was lacking in the cool nickname department, they were clearly leading in the cool sunglasses category by a 2 to 1 margin.
Jarod DeAnda explained that the team with the lowest cumulative time among all three of the Scion A/V drivers would be declared the winner of the event.
And from there, it was off to the races. Team Hold Stumt took an early lead after the first round, but Team Gushi came roaring back to even the score.
Fredric and Ken are both natural competitors, which serves them well when they’re behind the wheel. That quality also seemed to permeate through their respective teams, which led to some pretty intense driving on the track.
The Scion A/V guys ended up putting on a fantastic showing, keeping the outcome up in the air right until the last driver crossed the finish line. As for whose team ultimately won the event, you’ll have to come back when the full video is released to find out!