Fredric Aasbo scored a second-place finish in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM on Saturday, an event that saw the best drift drivers in the world face off in the Pacific Northwest.
"This track is one of the hardest in the series and it takes everything you have," said Aasbo. "There's no easy battle and your opening round battles in the Top 32 are as tough as your finals. It's really a testament to how this sport has grown and how good the drivers and cars have become."
Fans who packed standing-room-only into the popular Seattle area track were treated to many memorable matches, including the highlight finale as this season's championship leaders met in the last pairing of the night.
With the event victory on the line, Aasbo and rival James Deane went all out. The pair slid door-to-door at top speed, dragging their bumpers along the wall of the banked oval and snapping through the tight transitions of the tricky Evergreen Speedway course in tandem.
"That was raw, full commitment drifting and some of the most fun I've had behind the wheel in a really long time," said Aasbo. "Having an opponent like James inspires me and brings out my best driving and I know we put on a great show for the fans."
The competition was so close that judges called for a One More Time rematch and ultimately delivered a split decision to award second place to Aasbo. The 2015 series champion is currently second in the points and fighting for the title with two rounds remaining in the season. Manufacturer partner Toyota leads the Auto Cup.
Team owner Stephan Papadakis said the crew is working hard to continue the evolution of the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM. The car debuted in April at the 2017 season opener and has achieved two wins and a second place result in six rounds of competition.