Ryan Tuerck

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Ryan Tuerck
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Born: April 10, 1985
Hometown: United States Derry, NH
Awards: 2008 Formula D Driver of the Year
Formula D Statistics
Best Series Finish: 2nd in 2009
First Event: 2007 Round 1 (Long Beach, CA)
First Win: 2009 Round 1 (Long Beach, CA)
Last Win: 2019 Round 4 (Wall, NJ)
Overall Statistics
Wins Podiums Top Eight's
3 10 21

Ryan Tuerck (born April 10, 1985), is an American professional drifter from Derry, New Hampshire who currently competes in the U.S. Formula Drift series in his Toyota GT86 for Gumout.[1][2]

History[edit]

For as long as he can remember, Ryan has loved Extreme Sports, and at a young age he became interested in BMX and Motocross. At the age of nine, his father bought him his first dirt bike, and by ten years old he started racing motocross. As he progressed through the ranks of amateur motocross he had countless podium finishes. The highlight of Tuerck’s amateur career was placing 7th in the nation, at Lorreta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals. At 16, he received his professional license from the American Motocross Association (AMA), and by 17, Ryan earned the opportunity to travel Canada, to race in the professional Canadian Nationals. Some of the highlights of his professional career included, placing 5th in the 125cc Canadian Nationals Championship, as well as qualifying for Budds Creek, and Unadilla in the AMA Motocross Nationals. Though Ryan’s motocross career looked promising, he was forced to stop due to personal reasons.[3]

Ryan was gaining a lot of interest in cars since he turned 16. When he stopped racing, he bought his first car, a 1990 Ford Mustang. At night, feeling the need to challenge himself he would get his car sideways pulling out of stop signs and slide around in empty parking lots near his home. After having the Mustang for a year, Ryan found out on the internet that sliding your car around or “Drifting” was actually a real sport. Ryan immediately sold his Mustang to buy a lighter, and better handling Nissan 240sx. He upgraded the suspension and bought a 2-way LSD for the car to help it drift. In 2003, Ryan went to his first formal event at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ where he met future “Drift Alliance” teammates Tony Angelo, Chris Forsberg, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. Ryan did very well at first winning the competition. Ryan continued to do very well everywhere he went and constantly spending all his money upgrading his car.

Before joining Formula D, he completed successfully in Drift Mania Canadian Championship.[4] In 2005, Ryan Competed in Two Rounds or Formula Drift where he did well enough to get noticed by a few sponsors. In 2006, Ryan competed in the entire Formula Drift series with help from his Drift Alliance brothers, Cooper Tires, Discount Tire, and 240sxMotoring. Ryan did exceptional in his rookie season with a 6th-place finish at the Sonoma round. In 2007, Ryan moved to California with his Drift Alliance Teammate Tony Angelo and started “Team Snakebite” together and ran the whole Formula Drift season independently with help from sponsors which resulted in Ryan finishing the season 15th in points. In 2008, Ryan was picked up by Gardella Racing and drove a 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP sponsored by Gardella Racing, Mobil 1, GM Racing, and Maxxis Tires.[5] Following in 2009, Ryan won first place on podium in Round 1 at Long Beach and again later in the year at Irwindale and in 2010 came 3rd in series points. In 2011, Gardella retired the Solstice from Ryan, picked up Red Bull as a lead sponsor and drove the 2011 Mobil 1/Red Bull Chevrolet Camaro in which he finished 15th that year.[6] The 2012 season began with a shuffle of sponsorships, Ryan left Gardella Racing for personal reasons, and was picked up by Retaks before the first event at long beach. He finished off the season in fifth after a third-place finish at Irwindale.[7]

Ryan is also in part of a missile drifting group (along with many of his drift alliance brothers) based out of Englishtown, NJ called "Blood Masters".[8]

Currently in drifting[edit]

As of November 28, 2012, Ryan stars in his own internet show "Tuerck'd" of which focuses on exhibition drifting and challenges with other professionals. Tuerck'd is aired on Network A every two weeks and is current on a second season.[9]

Ryan now drifts a 2013 Scion FR-S, originally built by Portland Speed Industries, in Formula D. This car has been in use since the 2013 season and has been updated every season making it now very efficient.

For his 2017 season Ryan announced a partnership with drifting comrade Chris Forsberg. Both vehicles were maintained that year by Nameless Performance, resulting in one of the worst seasons for both drivers.[citation needed]

Ryan has had many drift cars but 2017 brought a new car to his garage. A Scion FR-S with a Ferrari 458 Italia motor swapped into it. The car is being called the GT4586 and has brought Ryan much fame and many YouTube views. He demos this car at Formula D events and also at grassroots drift party events such as Street Driven and Gridlife.

For the 2018 Formula Drift Season, Both Tuerck and Forsberg partnered with Nexen Tire, following Hankook Tire’s withdrawal from the sport at the end of the 2017 season. Both Ryan Tuerck and Chris Forsberg rebuilt their vehicles firsthand with no assistance from any other companies.

Achievements[edit]

2018[edit]

  • Formula D Championship - 6th Overall (380 pts)[10]

2017[edit]

  • Formula D Championship - 9th Overall (340 pts)[10]

2016[edit]

  • Formula D Championship - 9th Overall (322 pts)[11]

2015[edit]

  • Formula D Championship - 4th Overall (367 pts) [12]

2014[edit]

  • Formula D Championship - 12th Overall (235 pts)

2013[edit]

  • Formula D Championship - 14th Overall (291 pts)

2012[edit]

  • Formula D Championship - 5th Overall (465.50 pts)[7]
  • Formula D ~ Best Style Award[13]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 1, Streets of Long Beach, CA (Qualified 1st)[14]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 2, Road Atlanta Raceway, GA (Qualified 24th)[15]
  • Placed Top 8 at Formula Drift Round 3, Palm Beach International Raceway, FL (Qualified 11th)[16]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 4, The Wall, NJ (Qualified 11th)[17]
  • Placed 2nd at Formula Drift Round 5, Evergreen Speedway, WA (Qualified 15th)[18]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 6, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NV (Qualified 14th)[19]
  • Placed 3rd at Formula Drift Round 7, Irwindale Speedway, CA (Qualified 6th)[20]

2011[edit]

  • Formula D Championship - 7th Overall (437 pts)[21]
  • Placed Top 8 at Formula Drift Round 1, Streets of Long Beach, CA (Qualified 10th)[22]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 2, Road Atlanta Raceway, GA (Qualified 2nd)[23]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 3, Palm Beach International Raceway, FL (Qualified 14th)[23]
  • Placed 4th at Formula Drift Round 4, The Wall, NJ (Qualified 1st)[24]
  • Placed Top 8 at Formula Drift Round 5, Evergreen Speedway, WA (Qualified 10th)[25]
  • Placed Top 8 at Formula Drift Round 6, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NV (Qualified 13th)[26]
  • Placed Top 8 at Formula Drift Round 7, Irwindale Speedway, CA (Qualified 4th)[27]

2010[edit]

  • Formula D Championship - 3rd Overall (515 pts)[28]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 1, Streets of Long Beach, CA (Qualified 6th)[29]
  • Placed Top 8 at Formula Drift Round 2, Road Atlanta Raceway, GA (Qualified 2nd)[30]
  • Placed Top 8 at Formula Drift Round 3[31]
  • Placed Top 8 at Formula Drift Round 4, The Wall, NJ (Qualified 1st)[32]
  • Placed 2nd at Formula Drift Round 5, Evergreen Speedway, WA (Qualified 3rd)[33]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 6, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NV (Qualified 12th)[34]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 7, Irwindale Speedway, CA (Qualified 4th)[35]

2009[edit]

  • Formula D Championship - 2nd Overall (521 pts)[36]
  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Round 1, Streets of Long Beach, CA (Qualified 10th)[37]
  • Placed 3rd at Formula Drift Round 2, Road Atlanta Raceway, GA (Qualified 9th)[38]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 3[39]
  • Placed Top 32 at Formula Drift Round 4, The Wall, NJ (Qualified 11th)[40]
  • Placed Top 8 at Formula Drift Round 5, Evergreen Speedway, WA (Qualified 1st)[41]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 6, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NV (Qualified 15th)[42]
  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Round 7, Irwindale Speedway, CA (Qualified 2nd)[43]

2008[edit]

  • Formula D Championship - 6th Overall (453 pts)[44]
  • Placed Top 8 at Formula Drift Round 1, Streets of Long Beach, CA[45]
  • Placed 3rd at Formula Drift Round 2, Road Atlanta Raceway, GA[45]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 3[45]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 4, The Wall, NJ[45]
  • Placed Top 8 at Formula Drift Round 5, Evergreen Speedway, WA[45]
  • Placed 4th at Formula Drift Round 6, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NV[45]
  • Placed Top 8 at Formula Drift Round 7, Irwindale Speedway, CA[45]

2007[edit]

  • Formula D Championship - 15th Overall (228.50 pts)[46]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 1, Streets of Long Beach, CA[46]
  • Placed Top 16 Formula Drift Round 2, Road Atlanta Raceway, GA[46]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 3[46]
  • Placed Top 16 at Formula Drift Round 7, Irwindale Speedway, CA[46]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://formulad.com/drivers/profile/ryan-tuerck.php
  2. ^ http://www.motoiq.com/MagazineArticles/ID/3081/Nerds-Eye-View-Ryan-Tuercks-2JZ-Powered-FR-S.aspx
  3. ^ Video on YouTube
  4. ^ "Sponsorship Bio". Maxxis Tires. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Ryan Tuerck : Breaking Drift News". Wreckedmagazine.com. 2010-08-29. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  6. ^ "Ryan Tureck". Everythingdrift.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  7. ^ a b http://formulad.com/standings/2012.php
  8. ^ "Bloodmasters Teaser [VIDEO] : Breaking Drift News". Wreckedmagazine.com. 2011-12-22. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/user/NetworkA
  10. ^ a b SitePoint. "Formula DRIFT". www.formulad.com. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  11. ^ "Ryan Tuerck | Nameless Performance". namelessperformance.com. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  12. ^ "Formula DRIFT 2015 Pro Championship Standings"
  13. ^ http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2012/10/15/2012-best-style-ryan-tuerck/
  14. ^ FD 2012 Round 1 Results
  15. ^ FD 2012 Round 2 Results
  16. ^ FD 2012 Round 3 Results
  17. ^ FD 2012 Round 4 Results
  18. ^ FD 2012 Round 5 Results
  19. ^ FD 2012 Round 6 Results
  20. ^ FD 2012 Round 7 Results
  21. ^ http://www.formulad.com/standings/2011.php
  22. ^ http://www.formulad.com/schedule/results/long-beach-results-2011.php
  23. ^ a b http://www.formulad.com/schedule/results/road-atlanta-results-2011.php
  24. ^ http://www.formulad.com/schedule/results/wall-speedway-results-2011.php
  25. ^ http://www.formulad.com/schedule/results/monroe-results-2011.php
  26. ^ http://www.formulad.com/schedule/results/las-vegas-results-2011.php
  27. ^ http://www.formulad.com/schedule/results/irwindale-results-2011.php
  28. ^ http://formulad.com/standings/2010.php
  29. ^ FD 2010 Round 1 Results
  30. ^ FD 2010 Round 2 Results
  31. ^ FD 2010 Results
  32. ^ FD 2010 Round 4 Results
  33. ^ FD 2010 Round 5 Results
  34. ^ FD 2010 Round 6 Results
  35. ^ FD 2010 Round 7 Results
  36. ^ Formula Drift 2009 Results
  37. ^ FD 2009 Round 1 Results
  38. ^ FD 2009 Round 2 Results
  39. ^ Formula Drift 2009 Results
  40. ^ FD 2009 Round 4 Results
  41. ^ FD 2009 Round 5 Results
  42. ^ FD 2009 Round 6 Results
  43. ^ FD 2009 Round 7 Results
  44. ^ Formula Drift 2008 Results
  45. ^ a b c d e f g Formula Drift 2008 Results
  46. ^ a b c d e Formula Drift 2007 Results

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