With street car applications only, the team was still able to claim a podium finish in Atlanta, Geogria (Atlanta Drift), finish 6th in the points standings, and earn the "Driver of the Year" title for Tuerck. Employing everything the crew learned from that rookie season, the GR team put together a new purpose built '09 Solstice, and won the last event of the year at Toyota Speedway, in Irwindale, California.
"Winning the last event of the year was a dream come true. The season started off great with a win at Long Beach, and then to end the season with an exclamation point feels amazing," exclaims Tuerck."
"It was awesome for Gardella Racing to take home the win in front of the biggest crowd in Formula D history, with a lot of friends, family, and sponsors there to support us," adds Tuerck.
Tuerck has been involved with racing for 15 years. He got his first taste of racing riding motocross bikes when he was barely 10 years old. Nine years later he made the switch to four wheels and he has been racing cars ever since.
"The Mobil 1 Solstice is amazing, but the winning setup is top secret – Ha Ha," quips Tuerck. "Basically though, what gave Gardella Racing and I the win was preparation. The car is always in perfect condition and it feels exactly the same every time I drive it."
"I've said it before and I'll say it again, I will only use K&N products, specifically the air filter and oil filter products, which I use on my personal car at home. The Gardella Racing camp has been using K&N products for over 10 years in racing competition. Since using K&N filters, GR has never had an issue with an oil filter, whether it has been on a 1500hp or 400hp engine; you can check that against the teams' track record."
"Next year is looking very promising. I am really hoping that Gardella Racing and I can take home the Formula D Championship in 2010."
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