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April 18, 2013

Berk Technology’s Maiden Formula Drift Event

Berk Technology’s Maiden Formula Drift Event a Success
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Santa Ana, CA, April 14 2013.
2013 saw Berk Technology steer their motorsport activities in a completely new direction; professional drifting. With team driver Carl Rydquist and his Champion sponsored Rydquist Racing Nissan 350Z, Berk Technology joined the 10th season of the Formula DRIFT Pro Championship at the Round 1 season premiere held at the Streets of Long Beach.

With over 60 drivers present, many of whom are factory backed teams, reaching the main event competition (Top 32) is an accomplishment on its own. With the diligent car preparation, combined with focused testing and setup, Rydquist was able to navigate the challenging Indy Car course laid out by the Formula DRIFT judges with a score high enough to win a Top 32 spot during Friday’s qualifying session.
Entering the Top 32 elimination rounds, Rydquist faced 4th place qualifier and eventual 4th place finisher Chelsea DeNofa. Despite Carl’s attempts to make up for a large horsepower deficit with his “go fast” racing skills, a Top 16 advancement will have to remain on the team’s to-do list for a future Formula Drift round.

The Rydquist Racing / Berk Technology Nissan 350Z utilizes an AEM S2 standalone ECU that allows full control of the Garrett GTX turbocharger, which up until now, has been running low boost. The team will now focus on suspension geometry optimization and engine internals, to be able to extract the power potential available and put the added power to the ground utilizing the venerable Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires.

“We are proud of such a great result at our very first professional Formula Drift event. It has been a pleasure working with Formula Drift as an organization with their professionalism and global marketing reach. We are excited to be a part of the series and the impact Formula Drift will bring to our team and partners.” – Bryan Min – Berk Technology Inc.

The Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will now head into its east coast stint with the next event being the “Road to the Championship”, at Road Atlanta, GA.


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