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Street Driven Tour Atlanta X SOUTRHFRESH [VIDEO]

The Street Driven Tour invaded Atlanta last month and saw some great drifting from local teams such as Top Garage along with some ride-a-long trains from some top pro drivers. Geoff Stoneback (purple S14), Matt Powers (Infiniti M45), Dirk Stratton (Corvette), and Kelsey Rowlings (pink S14) all tore it up giving fans rides for the day at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

A Look at Nitrous in Drifting and Chris Forsberg’s 370z Setup

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Nitrous Oxide brings up images of hot rods, drag strips, and 200-mile-per-hour runs, but the history of its use is long in the drifting world as well. From the D1 Grand Prix to Formula Drift, nitrous use is well known and used in turbocharger setups to overcome boost lag as well as a nearly instantaneous boost in power for naturally aspirated setups. Chris Forsberg also knows nitrous and it’s more than just the name of the energy drink he’s associated with. His pro-car uses a very unique setup and his consistency shows that it’s rather reliable if tuned right and utilized in the right situation.

Even in the earliest days of professional drifting in Japan, nitrous oxide was used in cars where extra power was needed but a turbocharger wasn’t necessarily the right choice in power adder. In the early days, turbocharger and supercharger technology wasn’t as sophisticated as it is now so boost lag, where the turbocharger wasn’t being driven fast enough to produce boost, was a big concern and superchargers weren’t a great choice because they aren’t exactly an easy bolt on as installing a turbo with a log manifold. Nitrous, on the other hand, is nearly instant as soon as you hit the button to activate it, easy to install since all you are doing is plumbing it and the fuel system, and tuning nitrous for power is as simple installing a jet. Ok, that’s still making it too simple but you get the rough idea on why it’s looked to as the go-to for power adding.

NOS: Not Just for The Fast and the Furious

Nitrous is really good for naturally aspirated setups in a world of turbos and superchargers. Many of you may be familiar with the Droo-P Toyota Corolla AE86 once driven by Toshiki Yoshioka. The car made 300-horsepower with individual throttle bodies in a 1.8-liter displacement but without a turbo. That was thanks to a “twin-shot” “dry” nitrous setup by Nitrous Oxide Systems (NOS), “dry” meaning no additional fuel was injected with the nitrous when activated. The opposite, a “wet” setup, injects fuel and nitrous at the same time. We’ll touch on how nitrous works in a moment but it shows the power you can get out of such a simple setup. Just imagine what kind of power you can get out of something with a bigger displacement, more cylinders, or a second type of power adder and you can see how this could start to make sanctioning bodies weary of it.

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The D1GP/JAF Ban

That’s exactly what happened with the D1 Grand Prix and why you don’t see it used anymore. Prior to the prohibition of its use in competition in 2014, the D1GP and its sanctioning body the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) were already considering banning it. Not only was it expensive to use but Japan was looking into regulating nitrous oxide by making it labeled as a scheduled drug. This would have meant that use outside of medical purposes would be prohibited nationwide. What pushed the ban over the edge was an incident at the 2013 Tokyo Drift where Akinori Utsumi and Naoto Suenaga made impact and Suenaga’s car went airborne. That was all it took – the D1GP and JAF banned nitrous from use in their sanctioned events in 2014 and on. However, use in non-JAF events hasn’t been banned and is why you will still see it used when allowed in Japan. It’s still very expensive to purchase bottles and refills of it, though.

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How It Works

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10 Things I Learned at Formula Drift Texas

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10. Great Layout and Formula Drift Texas Gets A-
I liked the layout this year and the how the event ran/flowed as a whole. Formula Drift gets tons of criticism from all angles so when they do something really well I want to stop and take the oppurtunity to give them credit. The judging was pretty spot on with the exception of Ryan L. once who picked Aasbo when their was no scenario on earth he won but we cannot all be perfect. Texas has been an event with protests, drama, delays, and bad accidents in years past so it seems like they finally got this layout to work and I am looking forward to it next season.

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9. Looking Ahead to a Possible Lackluster Irwindale?
Chris Forsberg finished second at Texas after beating Aasbo in the Great 8 which kind of puts a damper on the Formula Drift Irwindale drama. With a podium or finishing two places about Aasbo at Irwindale Forsberg will lock down his third championship. Considering he has hopped on the podium the last six events in a row it seems like it could happen again. Vaughn is eliminated if Forsberg lands in the Great 8 so really it’s a repeat of last year at Irwindale with a larger points gap.
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8. Where Did It All Go Wrong for Chelsea DeNofa?
Chelsea DeNofa made some serious efforts to run this weekend in Texas by loaning a local Pro Am car and giving it hell but you have to wonder where it all went wrong. Just six months ago we watched DeNofa win his first career event and establish himself as a championship player. Two events later he was removed from grid for having glue on his tires and now after seven rounds he finds himself in 15th place and 288 points behind Chris Forsberg. Talk about the highs and lows of a Formula Drift season.

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7. Has Kenneth Moen Thrown in the Towel?
Kenneth Moen missed another round of Formula Drift and currently sits 29th in the championship points standings. In a realistic world, if the grid was more complete he would be relegated to Pro 2 for next season with a points score of 136 points through seven rounds. His style is so awesome it will be a shame if he doesn’t return for 2017.

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2016 Formula Drift Round 7 in Texas [RESULTS]

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Round 7 is in the books under the Texas heat and what an event it was. Some of the best tandem I have seen in all of my memories. Matt Field found a victory and Forsberg goes six events in a row on the podium. Alec Hohnadell scores his second career podium. Our Twitter feed has some good recaps/reactions form the event. Here is how it finished:

1. Matt Field
2. Chris Forsberg
3. Alec Hohnadell
4. Kristaps Bluss

2016 Formula Drift Round 7 in Texas – Qualifying [RESULTS]

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The qualifying session today was pretty insane with several drivers scoring a 96 and then down the chart tons of drivers matched scores as well putting the second qualifying run into play as a tie-breaker. The track flows well in qualifying but I will be interested to see how it plays out in tandem. Here is qualifying results.

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 96 (93)
2. Ryan Tuerck 96 (91)
3. Fredric Aasbo 96 (90)
4. Ken Gushi 96 (85)
5. Odi Bakchis 94
6. Chris Forsberg 92 (92)
7. Tyler McQuarrie 92 (91)
8. Dai Yoshihara 92 (0)
9. Forrest Wang 91 (84)
10. Mad Mike Whiddett 91 (84)
11. Justin Pawlak 91 (84)
12. Matt Coffman 91 (84)
13. Jeff Jones 90 (84)
14. Geoff Stoneback 90 (83)
15. Charles Ng 88
16. Matt Field 87 (86)
17. Tanner Foust 87 (78)
18. Alec Hohnadell 87 (0)
19. Alex Heilbrunn 86 (84)
20. Kristaps Bluss 86 (83)
21. Michael Essa 86 (80)
22. Pat Goodin 84 (83)
23. Cameron Moore 84 (0)
24. J Castro 81
25. Juha Rintanen 80 (80)
26. Dean Kearney 80 (71)
27. Pat Mordaunt 78 (72)
28. Chelsea DeNofa 78 (71)
29. Andrew Gray 75
30. Faruk Kugay 71
31. Kyle Mohan 70
32. Robbie Nishida 0

Right Bracket
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. BYE
Matt Field vs. Tanner Foust
Dai Yoshihara vs. Juha Rintanen
Forrest Wang vs. J Castro
Ken Gushi vs. Andrew Gray
Jeff Jones vs. Kristaps Bluss
Odi Bakchis vs. Chelsea DeNofa
Matt Coffman vs. Michael Essa

Left Bracket
Ryan Tuerck vs. Kyle Mohan
Charles Ng vs. Alec Hohnadell
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Dean Kearney
Mad Mike Whiddett vs. Cameron Moore
Fredric Aasbo vs. Faruk Kugay
Geoff Stoneback vs. Alex Heilbrunn
Chris Forsberg vs. Pat Mordaunt
Justin Pawlak vs. Pat Goodin

2016 Formula Drift Pro 2 Round 3 in Texas [RESULTS]

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Marc Landerville takes home top honors at Texas Motor Speedway in a pretty poor performance for the Pro 2 ranks this weekend. Tons of off course runs, a tandem battle that racked up six zero scores in a row, and mechanical failures plagued the night. This battle summed up the event for me (video). Here is how they finished up:

1. Marc Landerville
2. Trenton Beechum
3. Andrew Lewis
4. Dirk Stratton

Gas Monkey Energy Drink Sponsors Dean Kearney for Texas

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Dean Kearney and Bridges Racing announced a new co-title partnership with Gas Monkey Energy Drink for the Texas round of Formula Drift, taking place this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The Gas Monkey brand has grown rapidly in the past few years behind the popularity of the TV Show “Fast n Loud”, and the brand has gotten more involved with racing over the past few years. Gas Monkey also has worked on several high profile Dodge / Mopar builds, which goes hand-in-hand with the lone Dodge Viper on the Formula Drift grid.

The partnership will expand the number of energy drinks involved with Formula Drift drivers up to five as Gas Monkey Energy joins Monster Energy, Rockstar Energy, Red Bull, and NOS Energy Drink as title or co-title sponsors on the current Formula Drift grid. The newly-revealed livery looks fantastic!

2016 HGK 10th Anniversary Drift Challenge [RESULTS]

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Famed Latvian drift team HGK celebrated their tenth anniversary with a shootout that included several top name drivers in the sport who they are proud to call their friends. American drivers Chelsea Denofa, Ryan Tuerck, and Matt Powers all made their way out to Latvia for the shootout, driving in well-equipped cars against some of the best drivers from Eastern Europe. In the end, Polish driver Piotr Wiecek took the top spot, narrowly taking out his Budmat Auto teammate David Karkosik in the final. The consolation round was an All-American affair, where Chelsea Denofa piloted an E92 chassis past Ryan Tuerck’s borrowed E46 chassis for the final podium position at Bikernieki raceway. We’ve been told that some pretty awesome videos will be dropping shortly from Donut Media, so keep an eye out for those.

Final Results from the HGK Challenge are as follows:

1st – Piotr Wiecek
2nd – David Karkosik
3rd – Chelsea DeNofa
4th – Ryan Tuerck

2016 Just Drift Pro Am Top Drift – Round 4 [RESULTS]

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The fourth and final round of the Just Drift’s Top Drift ProAm series took place at the Willow Speedway at night. Several current Formula Drift pros have come from the Top Drift ProAm circuit, and for this round, the competitors were judged by Taka Aono, Hiro Sumida, and Ryan Litteral. In the end, Kevin Knapik defeated all other drivers to stand atop the podium, defeating Sean Adriano in the final round. Kelvin Arreola snuck into the final podium position in his underpowered Corolla, although having two famed Corolla judges as drivers may have swayed part of the vote.

Here’s the final results from Top Drift Round 4:
1st – Adam Knapik – LS2-powered Nissan S14
2nd – Sean Adriano – Nissan S13
3rd – Kelvin Arreola – Toyota Corolla

Photo by AM Drift (David Karey)

2016 Drift Allstars Round 7 – Hungarian GP [RESULTS]

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Steve “Baggsy” Biagoni pulled off what many have considered nearly impossible, defeating James Deane in a tandem competition. Over the past several seasons, Deane has looked unstoppable, but Baggsy was able to pull away from Deane in his lead run to earn the advantage and the overall event win. Max Heidrich was able to hold off local up-and-coming driver Andras Molnar in the consolation round to take the final rung of the podium. Deane ended up clinching the Drift All Stars championship, his fourth career championship in the series.

Here’s a look at the final round results from Mariapocs Circuit in Hungary:

  1. Steve “Baggsy” Biagoni – UK – Monster Energy

  2. James Deane – Ireland – Falken Motorsport

  3. Max Heidrich – Germany – Durst GMBH/ Team SB

  4. Andras “Axl” Molnar – Hungary – Molnar Drift Team

Check out the event highlights below: