Dean Kearney confirms his return to Formula D at Evergreen Speedway [CONFIRMED]

Unlike Mitsuru Haraguchi, Dean Kearney will actually be driving in Seattle, marking his return to the series since the 2011 season finale at Irwindale. Kearney will be piloting the Achilles Tire S13.5 that Robbie Nishida drove in Long Beach. Kearney arrived in Long Beach ready to drive, but had to watch as Nishida drove the car then eventually crashed it in top 32 when leading against Conrad Grunewald. Although Kearney finished 2011 ranked higher, Nishida was a higher priority on the Achilles team due to his involvement both in the US and Asia as well as his previous relationship with Bridges Racing. We look forward to having another Irishman behind the wheel!

Jacob Leveton

Freelance Drift Correspondent at JacobPhoto
Jacob Leveton has worked as a freelance journalist for 12 years, specializing in drifting since the first professional competition landed on US shores in 2003. Leveton has worked with more than twenty print and online media outlets to provide unique drifting content.


  1. NeedsMoarBro says:

    Haha, Dean look’s about 15 in that picture!

  2. cody says:

    Now to get EOS behind the wheel again.

  3. Blaze1 says:

    Sorry wrecked but throwing in Nishida’s name in this article kinda pissed me off.

    You cant compare the two dudes, how many tandem battles has Dean won in his FD career? Now compare that to how many Nishida has won….

  4. thatguy says:

    where was there even a comparison blaze?

  5. Blaze1 says:

    “Although Kearney finished 2011 ranked higher, Nishida….”

    That seriously could have been left out.

    “Nishida was a higher priority on the Achilles team due to his involvement both in the US and Asia as well as his previous relationship with Bridges Racing”

    And they could spoke of Nishida’s accolades rather then his sponsors.

  6. Mike Peters says:

    Journalism is about posting relevant facts.

    I see relevant facts.

    Deal with it.

  7. Blaze1 says:

    Good point Peters

    Kearney drove a ex factory backed car with 2 championships on its resume and only managed to win 2 tandem battles last year. He has only 4 tandem wins in his FD career and has failed to make T32 4 times.

    That’s pretty relevant.

  8. Sam Corson says:

    Should have picked up James Dean.

  9. your momma says:

    Honestly I know it is impossible to keep everyone happy in this world, no matter who you are and I also know haters will be haters but come on Blase 1 you need to chill, It was only a publication to let people know he is coming back to a round of FD, For anyone who is intrested in FD, like us Irish people, So what if Robbie Nishida has won more tandem battles, so what if nishida “is” a better driver, infact so what “if” nishida has a bigger slong than kearney, We/ I dont care, personally I am delighted to see another Irish man repesent the tri colour over there, I dont care if he fails to qualify for top 32 or top 16 or 8 etc etc etc, We will be shouting for him regardless of his finishing position, Dont go hating on a young guy trying to compete, even the greatest champions in the world had to find there feet along the way and for this I would never put down ANYBODY who is trying there HARDEST, I say best of luck to them all and fair play for having the ga-hon-tas (balls) for trying it.
    your momma

  10. Mike Peters says:

    I don’t know who’s Mom that is up there. It isn’t adressed to anyone, therefore potentially it could be all of our Mothers.

    That’s creepy.

  11. Cian says:

    Fair fucks to u Your Momma !

  12. Qwazar Dinero says:

    The fact that there on the same team is dope enough! There both good drivers Nishda and Kearney from 2 different parts of the world and I doubt he speaks Japanese like Nishida does which is invaluable to Saito’s drift operations here in the US. Business is Business and its only getting bigger, so be ready for some more crazy changes as well, as it keeps the sport interesting unlike Fanboys, Bandwagoners, and LS1’s engine variants.

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