Come Drift With Me! A GT5 Prologue Challenge from Tanner Foust

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Hey, PlayStation Blog readers. Some of you may know who I am. If you do, that’s great. If you don’t, let me introduce myself. My name is Tanner Foust, and I’m a professional drift, rally, and ice racer. You may have seen me in a recent Play the Pros video on PSN, where I took on some Gran Turismo fans at X Games 14 this past summer before competing in the Rally Super Special race.

Tanner Foust

You may have even seen me on ESPN2 or the Speed Channel, or seen my work as a stunt driver in the Bourne Ultimatum, Dukes of Hazzard, or The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Tanner Foust Tanner Foust

Hot on the heels of my 2nd place finish at the Formula DRIFT Pro Championship finals earlier this month and clinching the 2008 Formula Drift Championship, I’m gearing up to represent the US against the best drifters in the world at Red Bull Drifting World Championships on November 15-16. I’ll be competing with 31 of the world’s best drifters from 12 countries, down at the docks at the Port of Long Beach in sunny California, hoping to take home the top prize.

And I want one of you to come cheer me on! This is a challenge to all you Gran Turismo fans, and here’s all you have to do!

I am challenging all of you to post your best lap time in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, in the online race event “Tanner Foust Racing Competition.” You’ll have to bring your best driving skills and push the Nissan Fairlady Z (Japanese version of the 350Z – my drifting car of choice) around the London city track faster than anyone else. With Professional driving physics of course. You have from now until midnight on November 2 to put your skills to the test.

Second and 3rd place winners will get a cool prize package, but the 1st place winner, along with a guest, will get to come cheer me on in Long Beach at the Red Bull Drifting World Championships from the VIP section. While you’re there, I’ll also see what you’re made of when I take you on head-to-head in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (I’ve been a huge fan of the series for a long time, and use it to train and to learn tracks), and take you for a spin on some practice drift laps around the course.

Tanner Foust

Here are the official rules.

So, what are you waiting for?! Fire up your copy of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue! You’ve got 2 weeks to prove to everyone you’re the best racer in the US!

See you in Long Beach.

Tanner Foust

-Tanner F

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  • Sweet! I’ll definitely be doing this.

  • If only I had GT5P. . . .

  • thanks for the psot!

    i’m still going to wait for the full GT5 game, this glorified demo stuff for $40 is just silly, since you can just bounce off walls for the wins..

  • this is awesome, i got the game but i cant download the UPDATES!!!!! IT ALWAYS FAILS!!! Poliphony Digital please fix your servers, i got no problems with other downloads except for this game.

  • by the way, i saw you on the X Games, great races there :P and ive also seen the drift championship, i wish i could drive like you and that japanese guy

  • Slightly off topic, but I’m pleased to say that Midnight Club LA supports custom soundtracks via in-game XMB. :)

  • only if I were skilled enough

  • Tanner – I’m SO going to get first place in this… then kick your butt at Long Beach


  • I may have to pick up a copy now.

    Thanks for the info.

  • That’ll take some practice.

  • I hereby proclaim that I will have the fastest slow time out of all the competitors. Any prizes for that?

  • This is gonna be fun, gonna be some good times here to beat. Thanks Tanner!

  • Don’t have the game, or i’d give it a shot.

  • OMG best post ever. Even my care is in it!!!!

  • I will have to give the challenge a try even if I race like a snail. Thank you for the invitation.

  • Cool challenge too bad I am terrible at the drifting

  • No thank you. You can go faster in a straight line.

  • @3(FritoZ), there are a number of things wrong with what you perceive to be GT5P. First, there are a LOT of cars, much more than even some retail games. While there is no damage model to speak of, you cannot simply go bumping people around/wall-grinding to attain the win. The game has gotten pretty good at predicting when players are trying this, so their car’s collision detection is turned off and opponents pass right on by. Also, bumping into walls slows you down for a given amount of time by practically shutting your throttle off. There are also tiered events, and clearing them all will take many hours for the average player. In online play, the drivers who take the best line are usually the ones who end up vying for the win. The online play, while not anywhere near perfect, has gotten much better in spec III.

    Anyway, glad to see a contest like this pop up (And Tanner I saw you at the X-Games, even stayed for the filmed part of you taking on fans, good show!). Although the London track is my worst! :D I guess I’ll give it my all, hopefully by the end I’ll be in the top three spots (Yeah right!).

  • this is pretty cool for all the fans of GT5P n i have been a fan since day 1 but i’ll try to c if i can atleast make it to the 3rd spot cuz im kinda rusty… thanks for the info Tanner!

  • Thanks for posting Tanner.

  • OMG, sweet. I so saw you at Drift Atlanta. That was a great day. Toka Tori ( I belive thats how you spell it) should of won though. This is pretty cool. Ill see what I can do.

  • I’m garbage at drifting. :( I need practice.

    Thanks for stopping by the blog Tanner :)

  • i kno i dont got a chance in hell at this but im givin it a shot rank 283 atm

    and no you cant hit the walls too hard in this challenge or bounce if you prefer because it invalidates the next lap

  • Where’s my damage and weather?

  • Thanks for posting here Tanner, I´ll definitely try to do a good time

  • All very well, nice & things, but when can we expect some real update to the GT5 prologue? that Spec3 update is hardly anything to chew on. Timetrials on a current lap in the game isnt either.
    Not much gt5p news on the past gameshows, come on now!

  • Its on! I am going to try and get my name up there.

  • Pro Racers use Gran Turismo as a tool? For real realz? Is Gran Turismo that good?

    I got GT4, but i always thought that it’s just a game. and it is.

  • Tried beating the fastest time… Failed. I am currently ranked at 450. Quite a bit to go.

  • so only for the US players?

  • does anyone still play this game?

  • too damn hard!!!!!

  • Pretty neat promotion.

  • just ran a… 1:02.3 PSN id is same as name on here. ranked 25th last i checked

  • I put years of my life into playing GT2 and GT4 (my fav) but despite my love for GT, i just dont have fun playing GT5P.
    I look forward to being able to do everything the previous games had + more.
    Sorry for my off topic rant lol.

  • Too bad I don’t own GT5 Prologue cause I would defiantly participate in this.

  • Arrgh! got as high as 26th now ranked somewhere in the 30’s and going down. Can’t seem to shave anymore off my lap time.

  • Dropped to 700 something… Competition is tough.

  • wow, what a nice gift !

  • This is so far off topic but I dont see anything on the blog about it so its time to show sony some outrage
    lets show some out rage to sony for this I am personally sick of waiting for sony to finish this come on people lets ban together to and show our outrage >=(

  • Tanner is a great race car driver. This competition is great. I have some more info about gran turismo 5 competition on this blog.

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