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BALTIMORE, Md. (May 9, 2011) – Over the weekend, Team Need for Speed slid into Atlanta for
Round 2 of Formula Drift series. This event marked the eighth consecutive year that the series
has made a stop at Road Atlanta, the same track that also hosted the first-ever Formula D event
back in 2004. The NFS team came to Atlanta hoping for a successful weekend that would further
them in their fight for the 2011 Formula Drift Championship, a goal achieved when both Need for
Speed drivers finished the round in the top sixteen.

Full of momentum resulting from his podium finish at Round 1, Matt Powers was pumped to get
back in the Team Need for Speed Nitto Tire S14 and defend his second-place-in-points position.
On Friday, Matt qualified in 7 place out of 35 plus hopeful drivers. Watch the in-car VIDEO of his
top qualifying run.

Fredric Aasbo was eager to blast his Team Need for Speed Scion Racing tC around Road
Atlanta, as it was a course he had not yet driven. Fredric qualified in a respectable 13 place.
Watch the multi-perspective VIDEO of his top qualifying run.

Starting early Saturday morning, the paddock and stands began filling up quickly with dedicated
drift fans ready to check out their favorite drivers on and off the track. The Need for Speed Electro
Lounge was truly the “hot spot” of the pits, packed with people all day long. DJ Miki Taka and the
Need for Speed girls kept the fun going with their crazy contests for some great prizes. During
their downtime, the Team Need for Speed drivers were hanging out chatting with fans and
slapping some high-fives. Front and center at the NFS booth was the Need for Speed RTR-X for
the Atlanta crowd to marvel. Check out this VIDEO of 2010 Formula Drift Champion Vaughn
Gittin Jr. chatting with Jarod DeAnda about the RTR-X, as well as him driving it for the first time at
Willow Springs Speedway.

In his battle of the top 32, Fredric found himself paired with Pat Cyr. Fredric led and entered into
the first clipping point with great angle. Cyr followed in after him, but went too wide and was
unable to recover. Fredric continued on to put down a great run, with plumes of smoke shadowing
him throughout the course. When it was Fredric’s turn to give chase, he mimicked Cyr’s line while
maintaining a good amount of angle. Fredric was awarded the win and would move on into the
Sweet Sixteen. Watch the VIDEO.

Matt Powers was up against Matt Fields in his battle of the top thirty-two. Matt Powers threw
down a solid lead run and was able to pull away from Fields coming out of the horseshoe. Matt
gave chase next, and stuck to his competitor’s door throughout the course. The judges deemed
him the winner and he would advance on into the top sixteen. Watch the VIDEO.

In his top sixteen battle, Fredric was matched with Daijiro Yoshihara. “I knew I had to give it all I
had,” says Fredric, “as Dai won here last year and has one of the fasted cars on the field.”

Fredric gave chase first, initiated into the first clipping point right behind Yoshihara, and stayed
glued to him throughout the course. When it was Fredric’s turn to lead, he came in hot down the
hill and entered nearly backwards with a speed of 94 MPH. Maintaining a wide line throughout the
horseshoe, Fredric blasted out of it like a madman while leaving his competitor in a thick haze of
smoke. After two sets of amazing runs from both drivers, the judges awarded the advantage to
Yoshihara, and Fredric would be forced to settle with 13 place overall at Round Two. Watch the

“This marked my second event in the Team Need for Speed Scion Racing tC,” says Fredric. “I am
able to throw it in backwards now and couldn’t be happier with the progress we made over the

Matt Powers was matched with Darren McNamara in the top sixteen. Matt led first and attempted
a big entry, but unfortunately corrected going into the first rear clipping point. When following, he
stayed aggressive throughout the course behind McNamara, but it just wasn’t enough for him to
take the win or for a One-More-Time to be called. McNamara would get the win and Matt would
end his day in 12 place overall. Watch the VIDEO.

“I had fun going with D-Mac (McNamara) and have a lot of respect for him,” says Team Need for
Speed’s Matt Powers. “Quantitively this wasn’t the best event for us, but qualitively it was great.”

Coming out of Formula Drift Round 2 in Atlanta, Team Need for Speed remains a part of the top
10 drivers in the overall points standings. Matt Powers moves into 3 place and Fredric Aasbo
claims the 7 place spot overall.

Team Need for Speed heads to Palm Beach International Raceway June 3-4, a new circuit added
on the Formula Drift tour, where both Matt Powers and Fredric Aasbo will be giving it their all in
their quest towards the 2011 Formula Drift Championship. For more information on Team NFS
visit, become a fan at, or follow NFS on
Twitter @NeedforSpeed.


Team Need for Speed consists of an all-star roster of drivers renowned for their skill on the track
and passion for the automotive lifestyle. With over 100 million units sold, Need for Speed is the
best-selling racing game franchise in the world and is known for delivering unparalleled white-
knuckle racing, creative customization and street style. The sequel to the critically acclaimed
Need for Speed SHIFT returns to the track to deliver the most physical racing experience to date
with SHIFT 2 Unleashed. SHIFT 2 Unleashed sets the bar for realistic racing and delivers all the
excitement and intensity of race day in a groundbreaking true-to-life experience. For more
information about Team NFS, visit


Entering its eighth season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as the North American professional
drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide
competitive sport that challenges each driver's driving ability and vehicle control. Formula DRIFT
provides a forum for professional drifters to compete in 7 events nationwide for the coveted
Formula DRIFT Championship crown. As the first official series in North America, Formula DRIFT
has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting fans and car enthusiasts from all
walks of life and establishes itself as the world-wide leader for the Sport. For a competition
schedule and ticket information, visit

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