HOWELL, NJ (Aug. 26, 2010) - The heat was in the air and on the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when Formula Drift Round 5: After Dark came to town this past weekend. Unfortunately, the heat in the air kept Gardella Racing's Ryan Tuerck from being able to perform well in his Mobil 1 Pontiac Solstice and he ended the weekend in the Round of 16, with the newly added LS7 V8 engine. Prior to qualifying on Friday afternoon, Fox 5 Vegas came out and featured several of the drivers including Tuerck on their morning show. The news program highlighted Tuerck and the Gardella Racing team as they let viewers know about the Formula Drift event that came to town. When qualifying came around later in the day, Tuerck hit the track with one thing on his mind, to qualify well. Not what he was shooting for, Tuerck ended up having his worst qualifying effort of the 2010 Formula Drift season. By the time it all came to an end on Friday evening Tuerck sat in the 12th position. After a good night's rest, Tuerck and the whole Gardella Racing team fired up the Solstice to run it in hopes of a great finish to a tough start. In the Round of 32 Tuerck faced Ross Petty. Petty put up a fight, but the skilled Tuerck was able to get by him. The next round Tuerck knew would be difficult. He was facing the leader in points, Vaughn Gittin Jr. In the first run Tuerck was following Gittin. He went into a turn way too fast and scraped the wall with the right rear. He was able to finish and go onto the second run. Tuerck was not able to shake his competitor while in the lead lap; Gittin moved on to the next round. This ended Tuerck's weekend with his lowest finish in 2010. "This was a tough weekend for the team. We had hoped to have a great outcome here in Vegas," said Tuerck. "I'm glad to still be fourth in points, but we have our work cut out for us in the next two events. I have to come out focused and be on top of my game to finish strong in the championship." Overall, Tuerck was able to stay in fourth place in the driver standings. Disappointingly, this weekend's finish dropped him farther back behind Gittin. He is now 78 points behind with two remaining events. Modified Magazine came back out to the Vegas event to shadow the team. This was to complete a follow-up to a story they started at the Formula Drift event in Seattle. The issue with the Seattle story should be hitting the newsstands in the next few weeks. Next up on the Gardella Racing Formula Drift schedule is Round 6: Point of Impact on Sept. 10-11. This event will be held in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma, Calif. at Infineon Raceway. Tuerck will be keeping busy during the few weeks off, as he gets ready to be a judge at the Red Bull Flugtag in Philadelphia on September 4th.
ABOUT GARDELLA RACING:
Gardella Racing was established in 2001. Team owner, Gary Gardella, holds multiple driving awards and world records in sport compact drag racing. Gary's professionalism and work ethic has enabled the team to continue to have success on and off the race track. Throughout the years, the team has held successful and long lasting partnerships with General Motors, Red Bull, Mobil 1, and DuPont. In addition to becoming a large corporate backed race team, Gardella successfully expanded his program to include show cars, drifting, and now road racing. In 2008, the team exited drag racing and made their debut in Formula D; the change proved successful, as the still rookie team finished the 2009 season second in the championship points race.