Grassroots kid Steve Angerman from New Jersey has been picked up as a developmental driver for Gardella Racing in 2010. Formula Drift wise he will be the spotter for Ryan Tuerck through the season to understand the stress and technical aspects of running in the pro series. .
“We want Steve to learn from one of the best before we put him out on his own,” said Gary Gardella, team owner of Gardella Racing. “Our goal is to hone his skills so he is ready to make an entrance into Formula Drift. There are many guys that have made the transition over to Formula D and they are not ready for the intense competition. We want to make sure Steve can compete successfully in the XDC series and learn to communicate with his team before 2011.” .
Skimming through notes and this e-mail it looks like another Pontiac Solstice is being put together for Steve Angerman powered by a LS7 engine. Judging by the quote you will see Steve in this new Solstice at some XDC events here to prep him for the 2011 Formula Drift season as a second driver with Tuerck I would ponder a guess. .
“I look forward to Steve joining our team,” stated Gardella. “We plan to keep him busy as we groom him for his debut as a professional driver. I believe practice is necessary for future success. The kid has so much raw talent it’s amazing; I cannot wait to see him behind the wheel of the Solstice to see what kind of damage he is going to cause with the big V8 power.” .
If you want to learn more about Steve Angerman he was our cover feature in Issue 11: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/issues/issue11/issue11.html
so at the banquest last night reece tells me i’m in import tuner for etown d1…that i got 3rd place. of all people for this to happen to, why’d it have to be angerman (who actually did get 3rd). don’t know how it happened or who goofed but it’s bs, i didn’t even drive at the event…
Nopi To Head D1GP In The U.S.?
The closing ceremonies of D1 Grand Prix USA’s Englishtown, NJ, event brought a close to the newly formed stateside drifting offshoot’s first season-an arguably tumultuous one, can now safely be said. The final event not only saw the continued protest of Japanese aces Kazuhiro Tanaka and Nobushige Kumakubo (over a judging dispute at the previous round in Chicago that nearly cost fans their event’s final runs; the two didn’t drive at all in New Jersey), but also came on the heels of the organization’s split from promoters Driven Concepts. Coincidentally, it marked the return of NOPI, who hosted the E-town event’s bikini contest and car show, leaving us wondering if the move was a sign of things to come. Spectator turn-out was bigger than anticipated, and the drifting that went down on E-Town’s road race course was arguably the best of the year, especially the underdog performance that earned American 240SX pilot Sal Campo the Third Place spot on the podium (we don’t know him either, but we’re betting we’ll be seeing more of him next year.). Daigo Saito’s second First-Place win earned him Champ status for the season (and a cool $18,000) and Yoshioka landed in Second. Nomura claimed Second in the Champ chase, followed by our boy Forrest Wang in Third, each with some large fake checks and even larger cheeses for the cameras.
i guess you’ll just have to get first place next year, steve…