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For immediate release Media Contact: Abby@AbigailBaker.com TEAM NEED FOR SPEED FINISHES IN THE TOP 16 AT FORMULA DRIFT ROUND TWO IN ATLANTA 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. th 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 th 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 th Yoshihara, and Fredric would be forced to settle with 13 place overall at Round Two. Watch the VIDEO. “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 weekend!” 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 th 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 rd 10 drivers in the overall points standings. Matt Powers moves into 3 place and Fredric Aasbo th 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 TeamNeedforSpeed.com, become a fan at Facebook.com/NeedForSpeed, or follow NFS on Twitter @NeedforSpeed. ABOUT TEAM NEED FOR SPEED 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 TeamNeedforSpeed.com. ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT 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 FormulaDrift.com.
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