There have been rumors about it for the last few weeks but today it was officially confirmed that Tony Angelo (who just recently stepped down as a Formula Drift judge) has just signed with Scion Racing for the 2012 season and he will take the wheel of the Scion tC that Ken Gushi left behind for the new Scion FR-S. Even though it has been a while since Tony has competed in Formula Drift state side he has been keeping his skills sharp by competing overseas and doing exhibitions for the last few years so if you are counting on him to be rusty you will likely be dissapointed. So far a “title sponsor” for his team has not been announced but I expect that news to hit as we get closer to the season opener.
TAngelo Racing is happy to announce a return to drifting in 2012 with factory support from Scion Racing. After three years as a Formula Drift judge and technical manager, Tony’s long awaited return to competition is met with personal excitement and lots of hype from his fans.
Tony will be driving the #33 Scion Tc from 2011, with a whole new look and feel. The crew will consist of drifting favorites, “DA Aces” Lindsay Ross as spotter, and Mike “Carluch” Edwards wrenching on the car. While Tony has been keeping active in overseas competition and driving with “Bloodmasters,” a drifting gang producing explosive missile car videos out of Englishtown, NJ, he’s psyched to return to FD competition.
“I couldn’t be more excited to get back into the drivers seat for 2012,” Tony said. “Scion is a brand that is very active in drifting, and is doing really fun things for 2012. I’ve always been impressed by their presence in FD, and I am totally pumped to be part of the Scion Racing Family.”
Scion Racing is excited for the partnership as well. “We’re happy Tony’s coming to drive for us. He’s a well-known and iconic American drifting figure. Having him represent Scion Racing is going to be great. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Tony Angelo and the crew are determined to lead a team focused on fun, making noise, and taking the “handsomest drift team” title away from NFS. Be sure to keep up with team on Twitter ( @TAngelodrift ) and facebook ( facebook.com/tangelodrift ) to see what Tony Angelo has in store for 2012.
[Source: Formula Drift Blog]