• Feb 11th 2011 at 10:31AM
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Don't look for Tanner Foust to be hanging around the Formula Drift circuit next year. The master of all things sideways has announced that he'll be taking a break from the action next season to focus on other exploits. Namely, those include Foust's television work and a greater involvement in Rallycross. Fans will remember that Foust has been campaigning heavily in Formula Drift for seven years now, and the venue helped make the man a household name – at least among the speed-obsessed of the world. Now he's off to tackle other exploits.

The largest of those will be a greater involvement in Top Gear USA. The History Channel has announced that the American version of the ever-popular UK show will stick around for a second season, and as such, Foust will need to be on hand to drive flooded Pontiac Fieros and tolerate Rutledge Wood.

Foust still plans to show up at the Formula Drift invitational at the Yas Marina Formula One circuit at the end of this month. Hit the jump for the full press release.

[Sources: Tanner Foust Racing, Jalopnik]
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LOS ANGELES, CA (Tanner Foust Racing) -- Two-time Formula DRIFT champion Tanner Foust is stepping away from Formula DRIFT series competition for the 2011 season to focus on increased television commitments and a packed rallycross competition schedule.

"The past seven years of drifting with Formula D were incredible and I owe a lot to the sport that helped launch my professional career," said Foust. "I still believe it is one of the best places for grassroots racers to find their professional legs and learn to make a living behind the wheel."

Foust, the only driver to score back-to-back championship titles in the series, plans to remain involved in the sport. He will travel to Abu Dhabi with the Rockstar Energy Scion tC at the end of the month to participate in the Formula DRIFT invitational event at the Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit, and will break out the same machine for the SPEED Dream Ride event in April to drift the entire Infineon Raceway track with passengers.

"Tanner will be missed by the series and the fans as he has become one of the most recognizable drivers on the circuit and is one of the most outspoken supporters of Formula DRIFT," said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. "His semi-retirement from drifting will open the door for other drivers in the series to make their own mark. We wish Tanner more success in his career both on and off the track."

After five years of full-time competition with Papadakis Racing, the team racked up numerous accomplishments in the sport of drifting.

They finished third in their first season together in a Nissan 350z, and then won back-to-back championships in 2007 and 2008. They debuted their Scion tC with a sixth-place series finish and then closed out the car's competition life in second overall in the 2010 championship.

"Thank you Scion, Rockstar, Hankook Tires, Motegi, AEM, and the amazing crew at Papadakis Racing for the drive and support," said Foust. "I look forward to watching Stephan and his new driver enjoy continued success."

For 2011, the driver is preparing to run the entire 10-event European Rallycross Championship season, as well as contesting the domestic rallycross series. His first US competition will be the Global Rallycross season opener on March 26, at Irwindale Speedway, in the Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta. His European season begins a month later in England. He is also planning to return to X Games to defend his dual gold medals.

"I'm going to miss being at each event in the series and hanging out with some of the greatest fans there are in motorsport," said Foust. "I've had a blast meeting, talking to and Facebooking so many drift fans. I'll still be lucky enough to stay busy in the world of racing so I hope to catch up with some of the Formula D regulars at various events throughout the year."

Papadakis Racing has partnered with Need for Speed to create a new team featuring 2010 Formula DRIFT Rookie of the Year and Nordic Drift Champion, Fredric Aasbo, behind the wheel of the Team Need for Speed 2011 Scion tC.

Tanner Foust is a versatile and multi-talented driver known for his supreme car control and a proven track record of podium placements and national championships. He is a three-time X Games gold medalist (2007, 2010), and two-time Formula DRIFT champion (2007, 2008). He took the win at the inaugural Gymkhana Grid event late last year. He has twice represented Team USA in the annual Race of Champions, teaming with NASCAR star Carl Edwards in 2008 and Travis Pastrana in 2009. He returned to the event in 2010 as teammate to Mick Doohan on the All Star Team.

His varied race experience also includes multiple years of open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, rally racing, various types of sports car racing and the SCORE Baja.

Even if you haven't seen Foust on the track you've likely witnessed his precision car control on TV or the big screen. He was a lead driver in the Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Bourne Ultimatum, Dukes of Hazzard, Red Dawn and Iron Man 2 movies, and also handles stunt driving in numerous popular TV shows and commercials.

Foust is an on-air host for SPEED TV's Battle of the Supercars, and the US version of the seminal BBC auto show, Top Gear, on HISTORY.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I am glad the US version will continue as well. No one can argue that the personalities of the UK version may be better, but I sometimes can't connect with challenges of driving a bunch of small cars through England.

      Now taking a Dodge, Ford, and Chevy truck through Alaska is definitely American.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Elmo - Seems like you are one of three then because TG USA "didn't live up to the original." Furthermore, how can you not compare it to the UK version?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because it's not the same show. All that relates to it is the name. Top Gear US is set to be a car show that's entertaining. Top Gear UK is an entertainment show with cars in it.

        Like I said, you set your expectations WAY too high. Nothing will be as good as the OG. The Aussie one is a good show, but it's just not as good as the original. It's also been around for 3 seasons already.

        Oh and one of three? You're looking at the wrong part of the comment section, homie.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This season of USRC needs to be televised. I can already tell that it's going to be exciting to watch with both Tanner and Rhys putting their focus just on rally. Too bad Travis is gone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tanner Foust has the personality of a potato but he's the best out of the 3. Rutledge and the mole man need to go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Worst car show ever. Worst rip of a BBC show ever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It must suck to be the only one with this opinion...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Elmo: just wow, you really think that everyone likes top gear US? My friends watch it for the sole purpose of making fun of it. I am ok with it, but only because I like to watch cars drive around in HD. My girlfriend will leave the room if I don't turn it off because the presenters are so awful.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What a waste of budget. And what poor hosts, zero chemistry. There is a reason even NBC passed on this dud.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The show is DREADFUL! No wit whatsoever from these guys... They can't read their cue cards. The fat guy is so ugly I can't stand looking at him. The other guy is obnoxious and stupid. Tanner at least can drive. The music is azz backwards (listen to the Brits cool soundtracks) and the editing looks like it's done by a junior high school art class. Really, the History Channel should invest in some good "HISTORY" (rather than this crap and the endless ancient Hitler shows) and leave cars to the Clarkson, May and Hammond.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well that is good news.

      While it is nowhere near as good as the original UK series, it isn't terrible and it is still entertaining to watch. I do have to say I can't STAND Adam Ferrara, it is obvious he knows nothing about anything automotive, he can't drive, and it sounds like he reads everything straight from a script when it deals with specs of a vehicle or his "impression" of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have you ever watched 'rallycross'? It's like kiddie-rally with tennager commentators amped up on 100 oz of redbull. I appreciate the effort, and I do like to see this type of thing move in the direction of real racing that is timed instead of doing burnouts in a parking lot, BUT this still pales in comparison to REAL racing- like WRC where there are entire carreers, the brand image of massive corperations, and motorsport history on the line.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did you draw those conclusions from watching the X-games RallyCross or from watching ERC races? ERC has been going on since the 60s, so there is definitely some history to the sport over there.

        I personally think RallyCross is much more exciting than "real racing", as there are a lot more variables, and the drivers push MUCH harder since the races are so short. The joker laps throw another wrench into the mix, and the surface changes are always a challenge for the drivers. And tell Liam Doran, Sverre Isachsen, and Tanner that you can't make a career out of it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go Tanner
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm glad Top Gear US will keeping going. Tanner Faust is definitely the best one on that show. Hopefully they replace the other 2.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The headline should read "Top Gear USA". "Top Gear" is a BBC show.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm happy to hear this. I will agree with many that the first season of Top Gear US wasn't perfect, but I think the potential is there. I would also remind people to look at some of the earlier seasons of Top Gear UK, I don't think the hosts had nearly the level of repore that the do now, and that is important. Giving Top Gear some time will help it develop into a better show.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, the first season or two of the latest TG:UK was not great.. Really, used car buying advice??? Nevertheless, by the end of the first season of TG:USA, the guys were starting to gel, to have a genuine rapport...

        Now to start planning the pilot for Top Gear: Canada....
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