Tanner Foust

Top Gear USA Episode 1 – Thoughts/Comments/Concerns

So Episode 1 finally aired last night with Tanner Foust getting beat in a standing mile Lamborghini race and a Viper/Helicopter chase that Tanner Foust lost as well. What does everyone think about the show after one episode and will they keep watching it? Are the three hosts a good selection for the show? I have even heard a peep of a rumor that another Formula Drift star MIGHT be the The Stig on the show as well. Will you stay tuned in for the rest of Season 1?

2011 Formula Drift UAE Drivers Announced for Yas Marina Circuit

Here is the the small drivers list for the Formula Drift United Arab Emirates event. They are limiting the weekend in Abu Dhabi to eight drivers and they are building a fantastic drivers list. Currently they have six drivers Tanner Foust, Fredric Aasbo, Chris Forsberg, Darren McNamara, Ryan Tuerck, and Daijiro Yoshihara. The final two drivers will be announced shortly. The event will be here in just over three months at the end of February.



Monster Drift: Final Fight Part 2 [VIDEO]

MONSTER DRIFT: Final Fight Part Two

Watch the celebration as Vaughn Gittin Jr. was able to win the 2010 Formula Drift championship. This video highlights his march into the championship after his Top 32 victory. He celebrates after his Top 32 win and ends up making it all the way to second place where Tanner Foust took home the victory.

Watch the video: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/watchvideo/monster-drift-final-fight-part-two

2010 RallyCross Event at NJMP Round 3/4 [GALLERY]


Enjoy some images from NJMP Rallycross event which had Tanner Foust driving his Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta, Rhys Millen in his WRC Hyundai, and ACP in his NOS Energy Drink Mitsubishi Evo. Check out the gallery focusing on these Formula Drift drivers participating in Rallycross.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=205


SEMA 2010 – Day 1 – Tuesday, November 2nd [GALLERY]

Here is the SEMA Day 1 gallery sponsored by Seibon Carbon which take you all around the automotive trade show to see what is happening in the industry. Our opening photos show off Tanner Foust’s 2010 Scion tC which is placed in the AEM booth and Rhys Millen’s newly wrapped Hyundai Genesis which is placed at Hankook Tires. The gallery has over 200 photos from yesterday’s activities around the show so sit back and enjoy a virtual tour around the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Check out the Gallery: SEMA 2010 – Tuesday – November 2nd

Formula Drift Cars/Drifter Project Cars at SEMA 2010 Directory

SEMA 2010
SEMA 2010 kicks off tomorrow and we have an extensive directory of where all the Formula Drift cars will be during the week in Las Vegas, Nevada. These cars include Formula Drift competition cars and project cars built by drivers. Drifting has a strong footprint this year inside the 2010 SEMA Show and in case you cannot make it out to Las Vegas this week we will have extensive coverage all week long so keep checking back to the website.

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 2011 Ford Mustang ‐ Falken Tire #41009
2. Joon Maeng – 2010 Mazda Rx‐8 – CSF Radiator #24981
3. Tanner Foust – 2010 Scion tC – AEM #23351
4. Sam Hubinette – 2010 Dodge Challenger – Magnaflow #23243
5. Dennis Mertzanis – 1995 Nissan 240sx – Kenda Tire #40013
6. Kyle Mohan – 2009 Mazda Rx‐8 – Nexen Tire #41103
7. Patrick Mordaunt – 2006 Nissan 350z – Axis Wheels #47175
8. Ryuji Miki – 2009 Lexus SC430 – Torco Oil #24127
9. Brian Wilkerson – Mazda Rx‐8 – Odyssey Batteries #24963
10. Taka Aono – Toyota Corolla – Megan Racing #21652
11. Chris Forsberg – Nissan 350z – Outside by Subaru Booth ‐ #21502
12. Mustang RTR‐X – Ford Booth #22200
13. Mustang RTR #001 – Classic Design Concepts #23565
14. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – Skateboard Car Mustang – Hard Rock Cafe Casino
15.Rhys Millen – Hyundai Equus – Hyundai North America #23487
16. Justin Pawlak/Vaughn Gittin Jr. – Ford Out Front Booth
17. Michael Essa – BMW 335i – Enkei Wheel Booth #47067

Driven to Drift Season 2 Ep. 7 – The Finals at Toyota Speedway [VIDEO]

Driven to Drift: Season 2 Episode 7 – Toyota Speedway

The second season of Driven to Drift has come to an end with Episode 7 highlight Tanner Foust and Ken Gushi at Toyota Speedway also known as the House of Drift. Tanner Foust managed to win the whole event for the Scion Racing team while Ken Gushi secured a Top 16 finish to close out the 2010 season. Rumor has it that Tanner Foust will be in a four cylinder Scion tC similar to Ken Gushi’s for the 2011 Formula Drift season.

Watch the video: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/watchvideo/driven-to-drift-season-2-episode-7—toyota-s

Tanner Foust Entering Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

Just when you thought Tanner Foust couldn’t be a busier man the guys at Racer are reporting he will be taking a stab at the Lucas Oil Off-Road series. He is running with teammate Brian Deegan in the Metal Mulisha/Rockstar Energy Drink trucks. “The first time I lined up on the jump, I was cruising around at slow speed learning the track on a quad. I couldn’t imagine taking those jumps at speed in a truck,” he said.

Read More About Tanner Foust in the Lucas Off-Road Series: http://www.racer.com/insight-tanner-foust-tries-out-short-course-off-road/article/181528/

Images of the Top Gear USA Set from Facebook [SNAPSHOTS]

Here is an update from my last Top Gear USA post reviewing the Pilot Episode filming I went to on a Saturday morning. Now apparently these images are from a crew member on the Top Gear set that I wanted to share with everyone. As an extra they scan you for cameras and phones before entering and confiscate contraband (including a ton of knives in the bin) until you leave the show premises.

I found these on Facebook last night and wanted to share with you a glimpse of what the set looks like. These photos were not taken the day we attended the Top Gear filming so I am not sure what is going on with the SUV’s in the second frame. Enjoy this glimpse of the show until you can see the whole thing at the end of next month.


My Story about Top Gear USA Filming Episode 1 in the Studio

So this weekend while all of our readers were hungover and blacked out Saturday morning at 7:00am, I was heading to Orange County to see the filming of Top Gear USA Episode 1 in the studio. My story could have some minor spoiler alerts, so if your not interested in reading about what is in the first episode you probably just want to close this right now.

I know all of our readers are familiar with Tanner Foust, but Rutledge Wood is the real star of the show. In full disclosure, I have known him for a good 10 years loosely between local car shows and a forum we both posted on back in the day when cool people still did that. I know most of you are going to discredit him since currently he does NASCAR hosting (Go #18), but he is the key piece to the show. His witty comments on/off camera during the show were for the ages. In fact, he even calls the British liars while driving a DB9 over something on the car which might of been the best clip of the show.

The set itself was impressive and structured in a very similar fashion to the BBC show. The set is elaborate (a little small however) and gives you a Top Gear welcome when you step inside. I came into the show with a low expectation like I think most of the people waiting for the show to come out have. After watching Episode 1, the cinematography and production are awesome. The show has a Top Gear “style or flair” to it without trying to be the BBC show, allowing you to respect and enjoy it.

It did seem, however, that when the other hosts were doing a car review, that Tanner Foust was doing the driving. I have no hard evidence that this was the case and I am sure they do this at times on the BBC UK show but it didn’t seem to be smooth or transition well in the Aston Martin piece we watched.


They do a drifting competition where they determine they cannot beat Tanner Foust. So they alter the rules so they think have a chance to beat Tanner. This drifting segment is shot with the Nissan 370z at Willow Springs. They even do a nice segment on drifting before the piece starts, talking about Tanner Foust’s history as a pro drifter and showing highlights from his Mulholland Drive video which you can see by clicking here.

The second scene I really loved involves Tanner Foust driving a Dodge Viper recklessly around a city in Georgia in a video game style/format skit. The genuine fear in Rutledge Wood’s voice/eyes really makes the skit because he looked scared out of his mind. If it was all in the name of “acting” then he deserves at least a razzi for his performance or whatever lame TV awards you can win.

I went into this taping as a normal bystander and I certainly didn’t read any of the paperwork BBC Worldwide made me sign before entering the venue so hopefully this post will be up for a long time. In the possible event the BBC doesn’t appreciate my viewpoints or over-sharing, I recommend right now you post this everywhere to really give the compliance department a headache and a half. If you really love us you can even link back to our story. So with that being said, nobody paid me or no deal was struck that I have to give the show good press. The show is good and someone on the staff told me it will hit the History Channel on November 29th. It looks like a Monday Night Prime time show, which puzzles me a bit, but who really likes NFL Football anyway?