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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]