It was a tough weekend for the Papadakis Racing squad in Atlanta. The team qualified sixth and started Saturday optimistic that they were headed for a strong event but a rare misstep saw them sidelined after the opening round.
The Road Atlanta course is one of the fastest on the Formula Drift calendar, featuring elevation changes and long straightaways. Drivers must attack with full commitment to produce the winning mix of fast speeds and dramatic drifts, and teams choose vehicle setups that ride a delicate line between grip and drift.
"As a team, we decided to go with a very grippy setup to maximize speed, which can be very important at Road Atlanta," said team owner Stephan Papadakis. "Fredric and I both knew it was risky because it would be harder to drift consistently, but we hoped it would pay off in the later rounds. Unfortunately, we never got there."
In the Round of 32, Aasbo made an error in his lead run against Kyle Mohan to find himself at a disadvantage. He pushed the limits with an aggressive chase run but his day ended when he made contact with his rival and both cars spun. Aasbo did not advance.
"You never want to see a round end in contact like that, and the mistake was mine," said Aasbo. "I wanted to be on Kyle's door through the whole chase and I just got too close."
Despite the disappointing weekend, Aasbo is still a championship contender. With a solid finish at the California opener and a win last month in Florida, the Rockstar Energy Drink driver is now third in the points.