After a delayed start caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Toyota Racing’s Formula DRIFT season will finally be getting underway. The first event is scheduled for Labor Day weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway near St. Louis, Mo. Toyota’s four drivers – Fredric Aasbø, Ryan Tuerck, Ken Gushi and Jhonnathan Castro – will compete in the season in one of three different Toyota models: Toyota Corolla Hatchback, Toyota 86, and Toyota GR Supra.
While fans wait for the Toyota Racing drifting action to begin, they can rev their creative engines by downloading, printing and assembling their own GR Supra paper model – a perfect activity for passing the time at home. Fans are encouraged to show off their creations by posting their paper cars on social media using the hashtag #PaperDrift.
Toyota Racing team Papadakis Racing created the paper models as part of its stop-motion animation short called “Paper Drift.” In the video, top motorsport builder Stephan Papadakis is alone in his shop, toying with a paper version of the Toyota GR Supra. Thanks to a bit of racing magic, the shop is transformed into an elaborate racetrack with drifting action from the paper race cars, complete with racing commentary by famed commentator Leigh Diffey.
Toyota has won six consecutive manufacturer’s championships in Formula DRIFT and is looking forward to adding to the wins following last season’s three race wins by Aasbø, Tuerck and Gushi.
Current Formula DRIFT 2020 Competition Schedule:
Round 1 & 2: September 4-6 // World Wide Technology Raceway (St. Louis, MO)
Round 3 & 4: September 25-27 // Evergreen Speedway (Monroe, WA)
Round 5 & 6: October 16-18 // Texas Motor Speedway (Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX)
Round 7 & 8: November 20-22 // Irwindale Speedway (Irwindale, CA)
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Originally published September 4, 2020