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Justin Pawlak Takes the Victory at Round 2: Road to the Championship

Pawlak Remains on Top of the Standings and Becomes the Triple Crown Leader.

Nate Hassler
May 14, 2012
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Formula DRIFT returned to Road Atlanta for Round 2: Road to the Championship. Justin Pawlak takes the victory in the Falken Tire Mustang increasing his point lead in the Pro Championship Points Standings.

Round 2: Road to the Championship brought the Formula DRIFT Pro Championship back to the Series birthplace nine years ago. Fans came in droves seeing an increase in attendance at Road Atlanta. This marks another consecutive season of growth.

“It's very satisfying that Road Atlanta and Formula DRIFT have formed a partnership nine years ago to help grow drifting in this region,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We look forward to our ten year anniversary at this venue next season.”

Justin Pawlak takes his second consecutive victory to increase his points lead. Additionally, Pawlak is now the points leader in the Triple Crown bonus prize. Pawlak faced Fredric Aasbo in the Need for Speed / Hankook Scion TC and edged out the 2010 Rookie of the Year to take the victory. Walker Wilkerson in the Falken / Fatlace / Garage Autohero Nissan 240SX battled Formula DRIFT rookie, Daigo Saito in the Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 in the consolation round. After a one more time battle Saito beat out Wilkerson to take his second third place finish of the season.

“The boys at ASD and Falken gave me what I need to help me get to that number 1 spot,” said Justin Pawlak, winner of Round 2: Road to the Championship. “Next round is West Palm Beach and with a great car and great team we were able to take the win there last year and plan to remain focused and keep this momentum going.”

The Formula DRIFT Pro Championship continues with Round 3: Invasion at West Palm Beach International Raceway on June 1-2, 2012.

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Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2012 Point Standings After 1 Event

1. Pawlak, JustinFalken Tire Ford Mustang209 Points
2. Saito, DaigoAchilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430157.50 Points
3. Aasbo, FredricNeed for Speed / Papadakis Racing Scion TC152 Points
4. Millen, RhysHankook / Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis Coupe127 Points
5. Powers, MattNeed for Speed / Nitto Nissan S14126.50 Points
6. Tuerck, RyanTeam Retaks Nissan 240SX120.50 Points
7. Yoshihara, DaijiroAmerica's Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13118 Points
8. Bakchis, Aurimas "Odi"Bakchis Motorsports Nissan 240SX S14117.25 Points
9. Kado, RyanRyan Kado Racing Nissan 350Z114 Points
10. Mohan, KyleNexen Tire / Mazdatrix Mazda RX-8109.50 Points
11. Yoshioka, ToshikiRS*R Nissan Silvia S15108.50 Points
12. Essa, MichaelGSR Autosport / Nitto BMW ZR497.50 Points
13. Gittin Jr., VaughnMonster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang96 Points
14. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z93 Points
15. McQuarrie, TylerMobil 1 Camaro88.50 Points
16. Moen, Kenneth LutzPerformance Nissan 350Z87.50 Points

Round 2: Road to the Championship Event Results

1. Pawlak, JustinFalken Tire Ford MustangWinner
2. Aasbo, FredricNeed for Speed / Hankook Scion TCSecond Place
3. Saito, DaigoAchilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430Third Place

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