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For over to a decade, Stephan Papadakis rewrote pages and pages of the drag racing record books behind the wheel of several different Hondas. Looking for a new challenge, Papadakis took to drifting in a beautiful Chargespeed widebody S2000 before dedicating his time to running a very successful race and drift program that included back-to-back Formula Drift championships with Tanner Foust behind the wheel. Now Papadakis is back behind the wheel of a Honda, but this is not a sports car, nor is it a Civic.
For the 2011 season Papadakis is competing in the Pro Lite Truck Racing series, driving a highly-modified Honda Ridgeline off-road. But in true tuner fashion, this truck doesn’t have factory V6 under the hood, but a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder – the very same motor found in Honda’s new 2012 Civic Si.
This isn’t actually Papadakis’ first try at off-road truck racing, having campaigned a KA-powered Nissan in the Lucas Offroad Series last year in the Unlimited Pro Lite 2WD class. After the experience he was hooked but decided to go back to his Honda roots with this Ridgeline.
[Source: Wrecked Magazine]
In the most shocking drifting-related news we’ve heard thus far in 2011, Tanner Foust will be taking a temporary retirement from the world of American drifting, announcing today that Formula DRIFT will not be on his schedule of events to attend this year. This is after hearing rumors that the new Papadakis Racing Scion tC would be one of the craziest vehicles we’ll ever see in the Formula DRIFT series.
So with Tanner Foust leaving the driver seat, who will be filling his role? None other than 2010 Formula DRIFT’s Rookie of the Year, Fredric Aasbo. Aasbo, known for aggressively piloting a Toyota Supra, will be a great fit behind the wheel of a RWD Scion tC. Stephan Papadakis Racing will also be joining forces with Team Need for Speed with the newly built Scion tC.
“No offense to Papadakis, the team, the fans or the competitors, but the thing that I will miss the most about not drifting this year is that crazy NASCAR TRD V8-powered Rockstar Scion tC,” says Foust. “It’s been an amazing two years behind the wheel of the Rockstar Scion tC. Best of luck to Aasbo and the new Need For Speed Scion tC.”
We’ll keep our eyes out, as the two-time Formula DRIFT champion will surely be missed in the series. The good news is, we’ll be seeing plenty of Foust as his schedule of events include European Rally events, X-Games and his television responsibilities. Foust’s last competition in the Rockstar / Papadakis Racing Scion tC will be at the Formula DRIFT UAE on February 25th.
Two different press releases available after the break.