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[VIDEO]Formula DRIFT Insider 2012 Ep.10

September 7th, 2012 by Robert

Check out the latest Formula DRIFT Insider

[COVERAGE] Formula DRIFT | Round 6 | After Dark | Las Vegas | Qualifying

August 31st, 2012 by Robert

Round 6 of Formula DRIFT took place in Hot and Steamy Las Vegas, just a 3 hr drive from my home base so I decided to head out to Sin City and check out the action. Traffic delayed my arrival so Friday Night I had to settle for shots taken from the crowds. The action on the track did not disappoint. Car sliding sideways and hot females in the crowd cheering them on.

With a new track configuration for this year’s event it was fun watching the drivers adapt, some quicker than others.

Fredric Aasbo in his Scion Racing TC was on point and took top qualifying, Rhys Millen in his Hyundai Genesis was right behind him in points.

It was really nice to see some of the creative lighting that some of the teams but together to show off some crazy sliding action.

Stay tuned for Pro Am and Top 32 action in upcoming post.

Date: Friday Aug 24th, 2012
Location: Las Vegas Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
By: Robert
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[NEWS]Rhys Millen is Victorious at Formula DRIFT Round 6: After Dark

August 27th, 2012 by Robert

Rhys Millen is Victorious at Formula DRIFT Round 6: After Dark;
Championship Will Come Down to Final Event of the Season

Long Beach, Calif. – August 26, 2012 – Formula DRIFT returned to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Round 6: After Dark. Rhys Millen in the RMR / Hankook Hyundai Genesis Coupe takes the victory and moves up to third place in the overall points standings leading into the final event of the season.

Round 6: After Dark brought drifting back to Sin City and treated fans to a night spectacle that included the Vegas ProAm championship, Slammed Society car show, Targa Trophy display of vehicles and more. The Driftstream saw an estimated 150,000 viewers in a 24-hour period.

“The Las Vegas round of competition is always one of the most action-packed, but with a completely new course it challenged the drivers and excited the fans,“ said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Each year we have seen an increase in attendance and have accommodated with the addition of extra grand stands. This was a very exciting event to lead into the championship round in October. This was another tight championship chase with three former champions in the top five.”

A new track configuration was added to the event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway giving an extra challenge for the drivers to adjust to the new course along with the weather conditions of the desert. Robbie Nishida in the Bridges Racing / Achilles Tires Lexus SC300 faced points leader Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in the Monster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang in a battle for third place. Gittin took the win and secures his point lead in the chase for the championship. The final battle pitted second place qualifier, Rhys Millen, fresh off his record setting victory at Pikes Peak in the same Hyundai Genesis Coupe that he competed in at this event, against the number one qualifier, Frederic Aasbo in the Need for Speed / Hankook Scion tC. On his lead run, Aasbo met the wall to give the advantage to Millen. On the second run Millen kept a consistent line to take the victory moving him to third place overall and within striking distance of the point leaders.

“It was an incredible victory for our entire crew at RMR, for Hyundai, Pulse and Hankook. To come here from Pikes Peak in the exact same car in a different configuration and in a different driving style and to do it back to back,” said Rhys Millen, winner of Round 6: After Dark. “This is a true drivers course and suits the car well and we were flawless all day long. Unfortunately, some of our competitors gifted us a couple wins, but at the end of the day we put the pressure on them to run deep and fast.”

The chase for the championship is as tight as it has ever been and will be decided at the final event of the season. The Formula DRIFT Pro Championship Round 7: Title Fight on October 12-13 at Irwindale Speedway. Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased on the Formula DRIFT website.

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2012 Point Standings After 6 Events
1. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang 473 Points
2. Saito, Daigo Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 447.50 Points
3. Millen, Rhys Hankook / Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis Coupe 428.25 Points
4. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 403 Points
5. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 401.50 Points
6. Aasbo, Fredric Need for Speed / Papadakis Racing Scion tC 395.50 Points
7. Tuerck, Ryan Team Retaks Nissan 240SX 383.50 Points
8. Gushi, Ken Greddy / Hankook Scion FR-S 321.50 Points
9. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z 317.25 Points
10. Grunewald, Conrad Hankook Chevrolet Camaro 305.50 Points
11. Powers, Matt Need for Speed / Nitto Nissan S14 302.50 Points
12. Essa, Michael GSR Autosport / Nitto BMW ZR4 297 Points
13. Bakchis, Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis Motorsports Nissan 240SX S14 292 Points
14. Yoshioka, Toshiki RS*R Nissan S15 279 Points
15. Nishida, Robbie Bridges Racing / Achilles Tire Lexus SC300 259.25 Points
16. DeNofa, Chelsea Bergenholtz Racing / Nitto Mazda RX-8 248.75 Points
Round 6: After Dark Event Results
1. Millen, Rhys Hankook / Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis Coupe Winner
2. Aasbo, Fredric TNeed for Speed / Papadakis Racing Scion TC Second Place
3. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang Third Place
Tires.com Triple Crown Standings after 2 events of 3
1. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang 176 Points
2. Aasbo, Fredric Need for Speed / Papadakis Racing Scion TC 153 Points
3. Tuerck, Ryan Team Retaks Nissan 240SX 143.50 Points

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

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT

Entering its ninth 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 in 7 events 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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[VIDEO] Formula DRIFT | Las Vegas 2012 Promo Video

August 1st, 2012 by Robert

Formula DRIFT is headed to Las Vegas for Round 6 in the Sin City!

[EVENT] Formula DRIFT returns to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Aug. 24-25

July 28th, 2012 by Robert

Formula DRIFT returns to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Aug. 24-25

Formula DRIFT (www.formulad.com) and the world’s best drivers will return to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Aug. 24-25 for the sixth (and next-to-last) round of the 2012 season. Now in its ninth season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as the North American professional drifting championship. Formula DRIFT provides a forum for professional drifters to compete in seven events nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT championship crown.

Qualifying is set for Friday, Aug. 24 with eliminations on Saturday, Aug. 25.

General admission tickets are good for both days. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. both days.

The event also will include a car show, manufacturers’ midway and DJs. Fans may save money by purchasing tickets in advance at the LVMS ticket office, online at www.LVMS.com or by calling (702) 644-4444. Parking is free.

New for 2012 is the Thrill Zone VIP reserved-seat grandstand. Thrill Zone amenities include reserved seating, a cash bar, concession stand and private rest rooms.

Former Las Vegas resident Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis was the No. 1 Qualifier at the most recent Formula Drift event in N.J. The native of Lithuania drives a Nissan S14 and is sponsored by 702 Graphics of Las Vegas. Mustang driver Justin Pawlak of Gardena, Calif. currently leads the points chase.

Last year, Rhys Millen of Auckland, New Zealand defeated Ireland’s Darren McNamara in the final round of eliminations to claim the Formula DRIFT Round 6: After Dark title at The Strip at LVMS. Other past Las Vegas Formula DRIFT winners include: Tyler McQuarrie (2010) and Tanner Foust (2009). The series has attracted drivers from the U.S., Japan, Norway, Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Lithuania and Canada.

Spectator admission (tickets are good for both Aug. 24 and 25):
Thrill Zone VIP: $50.
Advance-sale adult general admission: $30.
Day-of-show adult general admission: $35.
Advance-sale children’s (ages 6-14) general admission: $10.
Day-of-show children’s (ages 6-14) general admission: $15.
Kids 5 and under: Free.
Parking: free.

FRIDAY, AUG. 24
5 p.m. – Spectator gates open.
4-6 p.m. – Pro/Am qualifying.
6-7 p.m. – Driver autograph session.
7-9 p.m. – Practice.
9-11:30 p.m. – Qualifying.
Midnight-1 a.m. – Practice.

SATURDAY, AUG. 25
5 p.m. – Spectator gates open.
5-6:30 p.m. – Pro/Am Top 16 competition.
6:30-8:30 p.m. – Main competition “Round of 32.”
10 p.m. – National anthem, opening ceremonies.
10:30 p.m. – Main competition “Round of 16 to Finals.”
12:30 a.m. – Trophy ceremony and closing.

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please call LVMS at (702) 644-4444. Follow LVMS on Facebook and Twitter.

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SEMA 2011

November 5th, 2011 by Robert


The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

SEMA Show 2010 drew more than 50,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 1,500 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more…

Thanks to COBB Socal Tuning I was able to attend this year’s show and man It was site to see. So many cars so few time! Please enjoy the coverage, next time I will make sure to bring a flash :-)

Shoutouts: Socal COBB Tuning
Date: November 3rd
Location: Las Vegas, NV
By: Robo
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