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[COVERAGE] Formula Drift: RD4 The Gauntlet

June 25th, 2014 by Elusive Media

Last year’s event was sold out, and this year’s was no different(and yes, i saw many people get turned away trying to get tickets, another reason to pre-order from FD’s website!) Round 4 of the Formula Drift stands up to its name, The Gauntlet. Many veterans of the sport came hoping to leave on the podium or even a possible win, but while some got close, others met the infamous “wall” at the stadium.

While we all enjoyed the exciting close battles of this weekend, one of my favorites moments was when Chelsea Denofa goes a bit to high and hits the wall on turn one, unbeading his front and rear tires. Instead of coming to a stop, he continues to drift and give everyone a show until the tires roll off the rim and he can on longer continue. While some came victim of the high banked wall, others like top qualifier and local drifter Chris Fosberg continues his lead in the leadership with a second place finish in his Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z. Fredric Aasbo takes victory in his Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC over Fosberg in the final battle, but Aasbo still remains 59 points behind his Hankook teammate. The win at Wall Stadium marks Aasbo’s first career Formula Drift Win. Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis also has one of his first’s on the podium, making it into 3rd place in his Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX.

Formula Drift Championship moves on to Evergreen Speedway for Round 5. Be sure to pre-order your tickets and check out the live coverage via FormulaD’s website at www.formulad.com

Now on with the photos… enjoy!!!

Date: June 20-21st, 2014
Location: Wall Stadium Speedway, Wall, NJ
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] Formula Drift: RD4 The Gauntlet

June 25th, 2013 by Elusive Media

Formula Drift returns to New Jersey for another sold out crowd. The Gauntlet sure did stand up to its name; with multiple crashes in turn 1 and drivers bumping in each other as the they all were fighting to stay in the fight for the win, it surely kept the crowd entertained. For the past years, the track has been in a figure 8 configuration, this year it was changed into a “mirror like” configuration with 2 high speed clipping points in the center.

After a long 2 days battling it out, Chris Forsberg driving his NOS Energy Drink/Hankook Nissan 370z takes 3rd from Darren McNamara driving his Falken Tire Nissan 240SX. The final showdown was down to Daigo Saito & Justin Pawlak. Justin Pawlak in the Falken Ford Mustang was the number one qualifier, but Daigo Saito in his Achilles/Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 & Championship points leader puts the pressure on and Justin Pawlak spins out chasing Daigo Sainto, which gives him the win!

Round 4 is the halfway point in the championship, Dagio has a 60 point lead and having the top 6 only separated by less than 100pts, one bad weekend for one and good one for another could put a driver in the fight for the championship. Should be an exciting rest of the season! Round 5, Throwdown continues at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA on July 19-20, 2013. If ya can’t make it, remember to stream it live from http://www.formulad.com/!

Enjoy the photos!

Date: June 21-22nd, 2013
Location: Wall Stadium Speedway, Wall, NJ
By: Erik
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[NEWS] Formula Drift: Rd4 The Gauntlet & The Winner is…

June 23rd, 2013 by Elusive Media

Congrats to Daigo Saito in his Achilles Radial Lexus SC430 on winning Rd4 The Gauntlet.
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[VIDEO]Chris Forsberg Formula Drift Atlanta Practice POV

May 13th, 2013 by Robert

Chris Forsberg Formula Drift Atlanta Practice POV

[COVERAGE]All Access – Round 2 Main Competition Highlights

May 13th, 2013 by Robert

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Photo creds: Larry Chen with FormulaDrift/Speedhunters

[NEWS] Round 2: Road to the Championship Results; Daigo Saito Takes the Victory

May 13th, 2013 by Robert

Round 2: Road to the Championship Results; Daigo Saito Takes the Victory

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For Immediate Release

May 11, 2013

Round 2: Road to the Championship Results;
Daigo Saito Takes the Victory

Long Beach, Calif. – May 11, 2013 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro continued to Round 2: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta. Defending 2012 champion, Daigo Saito in the Achilles / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 takes the victory.

Round 2: Road to the Championship returned for the tenth consecutive season to the home of the inaugural Formula DRIFT competition at Road Atlanta. This is the only course on the circuit that has paved a custom section of the track specifically for drifting. Despite the intermittent rain, the fans in Atlanta came out in force and stayed through to the end of the event. Road Atlanta has the largest attendance for the Series outside of California.

“Drifting is chaotic and unpredictable,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Today showed the ability of the Formula DRIFT drivers to adapt to the changing conditions while still performing.”

The rain slicked track proved to be a challenge as the event entered into the Top 16 portion of the competition. Heading into the competition, Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan 240SX held the points lead, but surprisingly failed to make it into the Top 16, opening the opportunity for other drivers in the point standings. Michael Essa in the GSR Autosport / Yokohama Tire BMW M3 faced Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR in the consolation round. Gittin won third place and takes the lead in the 2013 Pro Championship point standings. The final round pitted Darren McNamara in the Falken Tire Nissan 240SX against returning champion Daigo Saito. McNamara on the first run misjudged the speed of Saito and ran into his car causing damage and giving up the advantage, which his team was not able to overcome. Saito earned his first victory of the season and moves into second place overall.

“This almost feels like revenge from Long Beach since I was only able to make it into the Top 16 at Round 1,” said Daigo Saito, winner of Round 2: Road to the Championship. “The track conditions were horrible and it could have been anyone that won, but I am happy that I was able to pull off the victory. Thanks to the team and Achilles for helping make this all possible.”

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship Presented by GoPro 2013 Standings After Two Rounds
1. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 172 Points
2. Saito, Daigo Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 161 Points
3. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Nissan S14 156 Points
4. Essa, Michael GSR Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 141 Points
5. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 137 Points
6. Aasbo, Fredric Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC 136 Points
7. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z 135 Points
8. Tuerck, Ryan Team Retaks / Maxxis Scion Racing FR-S 125.50 Points
9. Moen, Kenneth Lutz Performance / Nexen Tire Nissan 240SX 120 Points
10. Powers, Matt Nitto Tire / Fatlace Nissan S14 119 Points
11. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 116.50 Points
12. Bakchis, Aurimas Nexen Tire Nissan S14 112 Points
13. DeNofa, Chelsea BC Racing BMW 3 Series 105 Points
14. Mohan, Kyle Nexen Tire / Mazdatrix RX-8 86 Points
15. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Labs Nissan 240SX 82 Points
16. Field, Matt CX Racing / Blacktrax Nissan 240SX 81.50 Points
Round 2: Road to the Championship Event Results
1. Saito, Daigo Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 Winner
2. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Nissan S14 Second Place
3. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Ford Mustang RTR Third Place
Manufacturers Championship Standings After Two Rounds
1. Ford 288.50 Points
2. Scion 261.50 Points
3. Nissan 248 Points
4. BMW 246 Points
5. Lexus 239.75 Points
Tire Championship Standings After Two Rounds
1. Falken 330 Points
2. Nitto 311 Points
3. Hankook 270 Points
4. Achilles 243 Points
5. Nexen 228.50 Points

For more information contact:
John Pangilinan
The ID Agency
213.802.0863
john@theidagency.com

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT

Entering its tenth season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as the North American professional drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s driving ability and vehicle control. Formula DRIFT provides a forum for professional drifters to compete nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship crown. As the first official series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life and establishes itself as the world-wide leader for the Sport. For a competition schedule and ticket information, visit: www.formuladrift.com.

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[NEWS] Formula DRIFT | Round 2: Road to the Championship Qualifying Results

May 11th, 2013 by Robert

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Round 2: Road to the Championship Qualifying Results
Qualifying Drivers – Top 32

Driver: Car #: Speed: Score:
1 F. Aasbo #151 151 50.8 90.5
2 M. Essa #101 101 45.8 89.8
3 J. Pawlak #13 13 48.9 88.4
4 C. Denofa #88 88 48.1 87.6
5 D. Saito #1 1 50.7 84.5
6 D. McNamara #8 8 48.9 81.4
7 M. Powers #665 665 47.7 80.7
8 M. Field #777 777 47.1 79.6
9 V. Gittin Jr. #25 25 45.1 79.1
10 C. Forsberg #64 64 47.4 77.9
11 O. Bakchis #723 723 44.9 77.9
12 F. Wang #808 808 48.4 72.9
13 J. Jones #29 29 46.2 72.2
14 D. George #7 7 48.2 71.2
15 D. Yoshihara #9 9 49.1 70.6
16 K. Moen #22 22 48.3 68.8
17 R. Nishida #31 31 49.1 85.1
18 C. Grunewald #79 79 49.9 84.9
19 R. Tuerck #62 62 47.4 75.4
20 K. Mohan #99 99 47.8 74.8
21 M. Ovcharik #235 235 47.4 72.4
22 T. Yoshioka #104 104 46.8 72.3
23 T. Aono #86 86 49.1 71.6
24 D. Briggs #24 24 48.9 70.4
25 C. Ward #23 23 46.3 69.8
26 W. Parsons #48 48 45.3 69.8
27 N. Hamilton #144 144 44.9 68.9
28 P. Mordaunt #90 90 46.3 67.8
29 J. Maeng #51 51 42 67.7
30 P. Goodin #46 46 50.8 63
31 C. Hosford #232 232 50.1 59
32 W. Wilkerson #95 95 47.4 58.9

[VIDEO] Say Howdy! Get Rowdy! S2 Episode 1 Part 1 Chelsea DeNofa at Formula Drift Long Beach

April 17th, 2013 by Robert

Say Howdy! Get Rowdy! S2 Episode 1 Part 1 Chelsea DeNofa at Formula Drift Long Beach from BC RACING NA on Vimeo.

[NEWS] Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Kicked Off the Tenth Season of Formula DRIFT Presented by GoPro to a Sold Out Crowd

April 15th, 2013 by Robert

Long Beach, Calif. – April 13, 2013 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro begins the tenth season of competition with Round 1: Streets of Long Beach. Daijiro Yoshihara in the America’s Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 takes the victory and leads the championship points chase.

Round 1: Streets of Long Beach started off the tenth season of Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro to a sell out crowd. Fans were treated to a vendor village, Slammed Society car show, a display of vehicles from the Targa Trophy and a skateboard demo from the Action Sports Kids Foundation of Long Beach.

“To start our ten year anniversary season in front of a sell out crowd sets a great tone for the season to come,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We owe it all to our drivers, sponsors and the fans for helping to make the Series what it is today. We look forward to another exciting season.”

Experience became the deciding factor with all three spots on the podium being found by ten-year veterans who also are past champions of the Series. The 2009 Champion Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z was too much for Chelsea DeNofa and earned third place. The final battle pitted 2010 Formula DRIFT champion Vaughn Gittin, Jr in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang against the 2011 champion Daijiro Yoshihara who also was the number one qualifier. On their first run Gittin made a small mistake at the hairpin giving Yoshihara the edge. A consistent second run by Yoshihara secured his victory giving him the first victory of the season.

“This was my first time to win in Long Beach. I’ve been on the podium a few times, but winning here was one of my goals and I was able to achieve that today, “said Daijiro Yoshihara, winner of Round 1: Streets of Long Beach. “I also qualified first so this was the best way to start off the season, but it is still a long way to another Championship. I hope to win another Championship this season.” Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro continues at Round 2: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta on May 10-11, 2013.

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship Presented by GoPro 2013 Standings After One Event
1. Yoshihara, Daijiro America’s Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 112 Points
2. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang 92 Points
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z 79 Points
4. DeNofa, Chelsea BC Racing BMW 3 Series 75 Points
5. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Nissan S14 64 Points
6. Tuerck, Ryan Team Retaks Scion FR-S 64 Points
7. Gushi, Ken Greddy / Hankook Scion FR-S 62 Points
8. Essa, Michael GSR Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 62 Points
9. Moen, Kenneth Nexen Tire Nissan 240SX 58 Points
10. Saito, Daigo Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 57 Points
11. Aasbo, Fredric Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC 56 Points
12. Bakchis, Aurimas Nexen Tire Nissan S14 56 Points
13. Kado, Ryan DNA Motoring / Nexen Tire Nissan 350Z 55 Points
14. Powers, Matt Nitto Tire / Fatlace Nissan S14 55 Points
15. Mordaunt, Patrick Apexi / PM Racing / Diamond Lexus SC430 54.50 Points
16. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 54.50 Points

Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Event Results
1. Yoshihara, Daijiro America’s Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 Winner
2. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Ford Mustang Second Place
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z Third Place

Manufacturers Championship Standings After One Event
1. Ford 146.5 Points
2. Nissan 137 Points
2. BMW 137 Points
4. Scion 126 Points
5. Lexus 111 Points

Tire Championship Standings After One Event
1. Falken 176 Points
2. Nitto 167 Points
3. Hankook 141 Points
4. Yokohama 116.5 Points

[VIDEO] Formula DRIFT Insider 2013 Ep.1

April 11th, 2013 by Robert

Formula DRIFT Insider 2013 Ep.1