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Team Retaks Racing's Ryan Tuerck Takes 2nd in Formula Drift Round 5 at Evergreen

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Ryan Tuerck won back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006 and he's clearly on the path to inking more.
Ryan Tuerck won back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006 and he's clearly on the path to inking more.
Few places on earth appreciate the perfume of race gas and smoldering rubber, mixed with little chunks of flying tires, anymore than the Formula Drift fans at Monroe, Washington's Evergreen Speedway. The Pacific Northwest fans are some of the most zealous drift fans found anywhere, and the exhilarating round 5 action gave their heart that shot of adrenaline needed to see them through the rest of the season.
Two K&N sponsored drivers, Ryan Tuerck and points leader Vaughn Gitten Jr. went toe-to-toe in the final dual at Evergreen Speedway.
Two K&N sponsored drivers, Ryan Tuerck and points leader Vaughn Gitten Jr. went toe-to-toe in the final dual at Evergreen Speedway.


Team Retaks' Ryan Tuerck battled his way through Jeremy Lowe in top-16, then Ryan Kado into the Great-8, and after a OMT win against Ken Gushi in the top -4, Tuerck headed into the top-2 - the Final Battle against current points leader Vaughn Gitten.

After an uncharacteristic 2012 podium draught, the K&N sponsored driver was no doubt thrilled to be in the final battle of the night, fighting for the crown at this event. Both drivers left everything out on the track, producing some of the sickest entry speeds into the banking corner seen all day. No one in the house envied the judges for having to determine a winner in this one. By the slightest of margins though, Gitten got the nod, which left Tuerck covering the second tier of the podium.

"Well I knew going into the battle that Vaughn was E-braking on the entry and I was clutch kicking, so I had a shot at staying really close to him on the bank, as clutch kicking is a faster entry than E-braking," explained Tuerck. "I knew I had to stay close to him on the bank or I would get lost in his smoke around the rest of the track."
Team Retaks Racing's Ryan Tuerck currently holds fifth overall in the Formula Drift points championship after his second place finish in round 5.
Team Retaks Racing's Ryan Tuerck currently holds fifth overall in the Formula Drift points championship after his second place finish in round 5.


More than 15,000 frenzied fans attended the Monroe event to watch Tuerck move into 5th overall in championship points for the season out of a total of 60 competitors. After Round 5 Tuerck was only 62.5 points away from the number 1 spot.

"As a team we don't need to do anything different. We have all been working extremely hard and it has started to pay off," commented team owner David Meikle when asked what he'd need to do differently to close the gap. "If we can keep it up and remain consistent then I think we could really do some serious damage in the next two rounds."
With a future as bright as Tuerck's a little shade is a welcome thing.
With a future as bright as Tuerck's a little shade is a welcome thing.


"The team is feeling great (heading into round 6 in Vegas). We are carrying the momentum from the last round into this round with high hopes. This is the team's hometown track, so I am looking to put on a great show for friends, family, fans, and sponsors."

Team Retaks Racing started back in 2005 simply as Retaks, which is skater spelled backwards. "With me and my two sons Troy and Dylan making backpacks that we could actually use," said Meikle. "The boys were always skating and bmx racing etc. Troy first introduced me to drifting with a video. As soon as I saw it I knew we had to somehow be involved. So here we are. From a couple bag drawings on a airplane barf bag to the official bags for the X Games. And from Troy looking for a parking lot to drift in, to owning and operating a Formula Drift car with one of the best drivers out there, Ryan Tuerck. Life is good!"

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