Evidently, even though TGUSA had a mixed review from American viewers, the History channel thought it was promising enough to sign up for a second season!
Details from Jalopnik:
Despite receiving mixed reviews, a statement from the network cites the 60 million (total) who tuned into the ten episodes of the first season and the youngest audience ever for a HISTORY show. Top Gear’s UK host Jeremy Clarkson says he’s pleased about the move.
“Top Gear is our baby so you can understand why Hammond, May and I were anxious about passing it on to the presenters of the US show. We needn’t have worried because Top Gear is clearly in safe hands, even if they do insist on speaking in those stupid accents. Watching an episode from series 1 with Richard and James, we found ourselves in a genuinely heated debate about which of the presenters’ cars was best. We were just three ordinary chaps watching a car show and loving it, which is exactly what Top Gear should be. Bring on series 2.”
This proves what we guessed earlier, that Tanner Foust was leaving Formula Drift to tape the new show, which starts production in the spring with producers John Hesling and Russ McCarroll.