Tony Brakohiapa drifting a Ford Mustang -- from interview by RPMEnlarge Photo
"Never give up! Never stop believing in yourself even if people tell you different. Ask a lot of questions. Take notes! Learn from and get to know the guys and girls, who are winning, getting new sponsors, etc. Drive or race as many different cars as possible. A great driver should have the ability to drive anything, anytime, anywhere! Never forget or disrespect the fans! Without them we wouldn't be here!...or have TV coverage! Don't forget to mention those who have helped you every chance you get...especially during interviews! Getting sponsors is one thing, but keeping them is the key! Always keep them happy and "in-the-loop". Oh....and HAVE FUN!!! If you're not having fun...don't do it! Life is toooo short!" - Tony Brakohiapa
Coming off his best season in 2009 as the highest placing privateer, Tony Brakohiapa returns to Formula DRIFT with new partner, Top Cover Racing - Sporting a modified, supercharged Ford Mustang, featuring special Tuskegee Airmen "Red Tail" livery to commemorate the P-51 Mustang fighter planes they flew in World War II.
Top Cover Racing (TCR) was launched in 2005 with the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen as its operational compass. The Tuskegee Airmen are the intrepid group of African-American U.S. Army Air Corps pilots and support personnel who distinguished themselves in World War II. Taking the name of the segregated base in Tuskegee, Alabama, where they trained, they were also known as the "Red Tails" for the distinctive paint scheme of their fighter aircraft. Compiling an exemplary record, they supported ground troops and escorted allied bombers and providing "top cover" on missions over North Africa and Europe. TCR includes direct descendents of the Airmen and the bomber crews they protected, with a number of original Tuskegee Airmen participating as mentors and advisors.
"I'm honored to be TCR's driver and their link to the Formula DRIFT audience. TCR has a diverse motorsports background and brings a wealth of knowledge to this year's campaign," said Tony Brakohiapa, Formula DRIFT professional driver. "The Tuskegee Airmen have determination, experience, and wisdom that we can all learn from. They have an amazing story that needs to be told. I look forward to being their "Red Tail" ambassador in motorsports, and bringing home victories in their honor."