I this month's Up Close & Personal, we're featuring two drivers with vastly different backgrounds who both excel behind the wheel. Tyler McQuarrie is one of drifting's most consistent drivers. Since 1998, McQuarrie has steadily built a career that saw him start off in karting and formula cars in Europe to Porsche's American Le Mans Series team in 2001, being part of the NASCAR Southwest Tour, then D1 and Formula D. Currently part of the Hankook Tire drift team piloting a Porsche GT 2, this newly married veteran driver is set to make his mark this year on the drifting circuit.
On the flipside, Marty Ladwig and his Lucas Oil/GM Racing Chevrolet Cobalt has garnered much respect on the quarter-mile circuit. Joining the General Motors team in '02, he began with an all motor Pontiac Sunfire. By the '03-'04 season, Marty won the NHRA Hot Rod class championships. In the 2005 season, he set a record by being the first front wheel drive car to hit 200mph in the Factory Chevrolet Cobalt while making a pass of 7.12 et in Pomona, CA. This past season, Marty and Lucas Oil/GM Racing scored three NHRA wins with a best time of 7.17 et.
Height/Weight: 5'8"/160 lbs.
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Affiliated/Car Clubs: None
Competing Professionally Since: 1998
Crew Chief/TMembers: Jon K, Mike
Cars Drifted In: Jasper Toyota Supra, RS*R Honda S2K, Hankook JIC Nissan S-15, Hankook JIC Nissan S-14, Hankook JIC Porsche GT-2
Current Engine Setup: Porsche 3.8 liter twin turbo
Fastest Entry Speed: 145km/h
Career Highlights: Breaking the Cyber EVO Buttonwillow track record of 1:48.906 with the Hankook/JIC Magic S15 and a 1:48.766 lap time
Lucas Oil/K&N Chevy Cobalt
Height/Weight: 5'8"/140 lbs.
Hometown: Reside: San Antonio, TX/Born: Okinawa, JapanCompeting Professionally
Crew Chief/Team Members: Mike Heiser, Ricky Silva
Cars Raced In: 2007 Cobalt Pro Front, 2006 Cobalt P/FWD, 2005 Cobalt P/FWD, 2004 Sunfire Hot Rod, 2003 Sunfire Hot Rod, 2002 Sunfire Hot Rod / Bracket car
Current Engine Setup: 2.2 Ecotec 4 cylinder with production block and head. Single Garrett GT 45 Turbo
Fastest E.T./Speed: 7.12 ET and 202.02 mph
Best Known For: First to 200 mph in a front wheel drive.
Career Highlights: Quickest ever FWD pass - 7.12 et, 2004 & 2003 NHRA Hot Rod Champion, First Hot Rod into the 7s, 16 NHRA event Wins, 1999 & 2000 AMA / Prostar 600 Supersport National Champion