Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums -
Go Back   Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - > General Camaro Forums > 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions

Thread Tools
Old 05-05-2011, 06:49 PM   #1
Camaro Racing Specialist
Drives: 2010 Yellah 2SS
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Posts: 80
Gardella Racing - Redbull - Mobil1 Formula Drift Camaro Debuts in Atlanta

Has anyone read/posted this yet? I used to be a drift fan back in the mid-late 90s. Good to see these guys who have had a lot of success take a 5th Gen Camaro to competition finally. Last year I think their driver placed third overall.

Looks like the new Formula Drift Camaro will debut at Atlanta this weekend. Heres some info I found.

From the Press Release:

April 8, 2011 (Howell, NJ) After many months in the rumor mill, the team has confirmed their new platform for 2011. During the off-season the team worked hard preparing a brand new Chevy Camaro for an early launch. However, due to some minor set backs, the team was not able to meet their goal; the first event of the Formula Drift season in Long Beach CA on April 8th and 9th. A new target debut has been set, Saturday April 23rd at the New York Auto Show, where the team has partnered with Red Bull & Nitto Tire to put on an amazing drift demo. Ryan Tuerck will be tearing up 11th Ave in NYC!

For the 2011 Formula D kickoff in Long Beach, the team has a brand new look on the Mobil 1 Pontiac Solstice. Once again, Gardella Racing has partnered with Red Bull, whose involvement with the team started in 2003 on Gardella’s drag racing program. In addition, the team has partnered with Nitto Tires to be the “Official Tire” for all the GR programs. The team has also introduced numerous product sponsors to their repertoire; including, Wilwood, Enkei, NGK, AEM, Pfadt, Eibach, Kooks, Stefs, Brian Crower, and Ignite Racing Fuels.

“It has been a very stressful off-season with many highs and lows,” started team owner Gary Gardella. “The entire team is ready to test the new car and show, once again, Chevy has a great product for the drifting market,” continued Gardella. “Mike Whitney and Scott Davidson worked very hard to build the best car possible. Together they have many years of racing experience and are hungry to win. Everyone knows I like to win and I am itching to get back on the podium in 2011,” finished Gardella.

Be sure to watch Ryan Tuerck and the Gardella Racing team take on some of the best drivers in the world this upcoming weekend at Round 1 Formula Drift Long Beach. You can watch it on Live Stream here.

And more recent update:


May 11, 2011 (Howell, NJ) Road Atlanta, host to the Formula Drift Road to the Championship event, is considered the birthplace of drifting in the US. Road Atlanta marks the home of the first FD event, 8 years ago. With that being said, fans come back every year and this year the turn out of spectators was amazing; people were jammed into the hills like never seen before.

Right from the gate Thursday’s practice was very exciting for the GR team. Even with limited testing time, the 2011 Mobil 1 Chevy Camaro handled and ran great. The LS7 engine worked wonders and sounded almost perfect. It is common to have a few minor glitches with a new build and this was no exception; however, the issues did not affect the team during competition. Once practice was over on Friday, the team went right into qualifying. After his first lap, Tuerck scored a 91.0 and a 94.4 for his second run. His final score put Tuerck and Gardella Racing in the 2nd position on the qualifying ladder behind the leader, Conrad Grunewald, heading into Saturday’s elimination rounds.

“It was great to see two Chevy Camaro’s qualify number one and two,” started team owner, Gary Gardella. “This was essentially our first outing with the Mobil 1 Camaro and I could not be any more proud of my team and the hard work they put into preparing for this event,” continued Gardella. “I could not ask for anymore out of these phenomenal group of guys. Each and every one of my team members worked around the clock over the past month to have this vehicle ready for competition. In my opinion the team does not often get enough credit when a car does well; Mike Whitney, Scott Davidson & Eric O’Sullivan deserve some recognition.”

During top 32, Tuerck faced Tako Aono, a driver who has not missed an event since Formula Drift’s conception in 2003. Due to Aono running into some mechanical issues, Tuerck was able to easily advance on to the Top 16 round. The next battle was very interesting, Justin Pawlak vs. Ryan Tuerck. These 2 guys are long time friends, but it never stops either driver from giving it their all. Minor contact early on, threw off the alignment on the Camaro, which made it very difficult for Tuerck to drive. Pawlak advanced and went on to the next round to get eliminated by his teammate, Darren McNamara.

Next stop for the GR team will be beautiful West Palm, Florida. This will be the first new venue for the Formula Drift series in a number of years. We are all very interested to see what Florida has to offer the series and anxious to get this event underway on June 3rd. For more information on the event please take a look at
Cammarrah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2011, 07:03 PM   #2
COTW: 12/13/10
TaylorRyanSS's Avatar
Drives: 1969 Camaro
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 7,880
Cant wait to see it, I love FD.

"Are you one of those boys who prefer cars to women? - I'm one of those boys that appreciates a fine body, regardless of the make."
TaylorRyanSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2011, 06:23 PM   #3
PfadtRacing's Avatar
Drives: 2010 Camaro, 2006 Z06
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: SLC, UT
Posts: 3,372
Found some good video:

And some good shots from Formula Drift, and one from 6liter here on

PfadtRacing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2011, 10:59 PM   #4
brn2fly's Avatar
Drives: 2SS/RS/6M/Vert/Inferno Orang
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Stuart, FL
Posts: 26
That's awesome. Makes want to race mine (road course) when I get home. Love to see the Camaro out there racing.
2011 2SS/RS/Convertible/6M/Inferno Orange
1967 RSSS/4SP/Factory Tac and Console Gauges/Red
brn2fly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2011, 02:30 PM   #5
SummoneR's Avatar
Drives: '10 2SS/RS M6 "Marauder"
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: NOR*CAL
Posts: 6,280
Send a message via Yahoo to SummoneR
dang gave me chills!!
SummoneR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2011, 02:51 PM   #6
Drives: 2011 Chevy Camaro RS
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Santa Maria California
Posts: 20
Pompa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2011, 04:12 PM   #7
Butter Bar!
xXSilencerXx's Avatar
Drives: 2011 SS, 1998 Trans Am
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Patrick AFB, FL
Posts: 1,364
Pretty cool!
2011 Camaro SS, White/Orange, LSR Short Throw, CAI
1998 Trans Am, Red, H/C/I, 3200 CircleD Stall, full suspension
2004 GSXR 1k, Matt Mladin Edition
xXSilencerXx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2011, 04:28 PM   #8
alexcfwu's Avatar
Drives: 1998 Trans Am
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 60
It's amazing to see Camaro in this type of race. Since most of the competitors are lighter (or in Mustang's case a light axles)... doesn't that start Camaro in a disadvantage point if both drivers are equally good?
alexcfwu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2011, 07:08 PM   #9
Vanik's Avatar
Drives: White Camaro SS
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Dubai, U.A.E
Posts: 21
Nothing like a Camaro going side ways
Vanik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2011, 08:11 PM   #10
edz10ss's Avatar
Drives: Silver Metalic Ice w/ black Stripes
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Ocean County-New Jersey
Posts: 245
it awesome seeing the new camaro doing good in the drifting world. I cant wait to see it in person.
edz10ss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2011, 08:19 PM   #11
Account Suspended
Drives: 2011 RJT 1SS
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Fort Lewis, Washington
Posts: 730
Send a message via AIM to Ovenmitt
Originally Posted by alexcfwu View Post
It's amazing to see Camaro in this type of race. Since most of the competitors are lighter (or in Mustang's case a light axles)... doesn't that start Camaro in a disadvantage point if both drivers are equally good?
It's not a race.
Ovenmitt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2011, 12:28 AM   #12
Florida C5
d69chris's Avatar
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2SS Vortech L99 IOM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Tequesta, FL
Posts: 2,610
Send a message via Yahoo to d69chris
My next MOD........turning brakes!
Ordered 11/08/08....Del. 08/05/2009 Loving every minute of it! Don't hate me because i'm Pretty....
d69chris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2011, 01:05 AM   #13
11SynergyGr&Bl's Avatar
Drives: 2011 Synergy Green Camaro
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Arizona
Posts: 175
Very kewl!! ^.^ I was really big into this years ago in my rx7, its so much fun to do, and watch. I hit up a few cornors recently just to see how the camaro handled ^.^ it wasn't a surprise it went well . any car can "drift" is a matter of how good the driver is at such a task and knowning the limits of said car/setup or not.
*2011 SGM Camaro*
Hi/low 8k HID kit, Injen WB long tube, Pfadt stage 2, Rx black ice-olator, Rx catch can (color matched =D).
11SynergyGr&Bl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2011, 09:30 AM   #14
Imjaybird's Avatar
Drives: 2010 Camaro RS/2SS
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Fort Wayne
Posts: 261
It's cool but I still can not see why this is a sport? I guess I just answered my own question, cool sells.
1100, Preliminary order accepted (01/30/2010)
6000, Delivered to the customer (02/27/2010)
YA, she came that quick!
Imjaybird is offline   Reply With Quote

camaro, drift, general motors, racing

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
5th Gen Suspension -- The Book JusticePete Suspension / Brakes / Chassis 151 05-07-2015 06:52 PM
PEDDERS SUCCESSFULLY FITS 305s ON ALL 4 CORNERS! Suspension / Brakes / Chassis 467 06-11-2013 10:45 PM
Camaro Product Manager - interview Moose 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 11 04-04-2012 07:10 PM
GM memo to dealers Moose 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 41 02-04-2010 08:33 PM
Official Camaro Convertible CONCEPT Press Release Tran Camaro Convertible Forum 12 11-18-2009 08:05 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:19 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.