Long Beach Grand Prix “Super Drift” roster finalized

While some details on this $25k shootout were revealed back in December, the full drivers list and alternates was released today. Joining the original 11 candidates are Chris Forsberg, Toshiki Yoshioka, Ryan Tuerck, Kyle Mohan, Tony Angelo, Chelsea Denofa, and Ryan Kado. Missing from the original list is Justin Pawlak. Here’s the final list, as well as the alternates:

Driver /Hometown /Nationality

Forsberg, Chris / Doylestown, PA / American
Powers, Matt / Pacific Beach, CA / American
Bakchis, Odi / Kaunas, Lithuania / Lithuanian
Yoshioka, Toshiki / Hiroshima, Japan / Japanese
Grunewald, Conrad / Houston, TX / American
Essa, Michael / Los Angeles, CA / Indian/American
Saito, Daigo / Tokyo, Japan / Japanese
Nishida, Robbie / Tokyo, Japan / Japanese
Tuerck, Ryan / Derry, NH / American
McQuarrie, Tyler / Walnut Creek, CA / American
Yoshihara, Daijiro / Hachiouji Tokyo, Japan / Japanese
Aasbo, Fredric /Ski, Norway / Norwegian
Mohan, Kyle /Anaheim, CA / American
Angelo, Tony / Doylestown, PA / American
Denofa, Chelsea / Philadephia, PA / American
Kado, Ryan / Sacramento, CA / Japanese/American

Alternate Drivers:

Wilkerson, Walker / Snohomish, WA / Japanese
Jones, Jeff / San Fernando Valley, CA / American

Who is your favorite to take home the cash?

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  1. John Jacob Jingle Heimer-Schmidt says:

    Surprised to see JR. not on the list.

  2. John Jacob Jingleheimer-Schmidt says:

    ^ Spelled my name wrong. But I wonder if JR has other commitments or what, cause he’s one of the top 5 drivers in the series.

    No JTP either? Weird.

  3. Evan F says:

    No mustangs at all. No JTP. No JR. No Tony B. It will be weird without the Fords.

  4. Matthew Clarke says:

    Daigo Saito or Fredric Aasbo

  5. So stoked to be apart of this!

  6. Tyson Raw says:


  7. Mike Peters says:

    My bet is on TA

  8. rotarypower says:

    @joey redmond is there gonna be a live stream for this event as well

  9. Mike Peters says:

    So stoked to not be on this shitty list!

  10. I like cats and does anyone else think it’s weird that there are two capital letters in my last name?

  11. Jared Chavez says:

    JR will be at Fabulous Fords Forever at Knotts Berry Farm on this day…

  12. jiovani says:

    Did anyone notice that the entry fee was less than the top16 payouts. And since there is only 16 invited, you are guaranteed to make money by going. Which you would burn up in travel/hotel, but STILL…. its an event they are paying you to do, to maybe win $25,000.

    /unless the costs/rewards have changed, then disregard.

  13. Mike Peters says:

    Chelsea will win cause he’s got this bad ass new spotter!!!!

    Some say that his new Christmas range of fragrances includes the great smell of Wednesday… and that he was turned down for the job of EU President because his face was just too recognizable. All we know is, he’s called Mike Peters.


  14. Mike Peters says:

    WOW. You guys love me!!!!!!!!

    Some say that his first name really is “The,” and that if he went on Celebrity Love Island, they’d all be pregnant including the camera men… all we know is, he’s called The Mike Peters

  15. Wow, Now people are using my name on here… Come on guys, this is such a good site for drift knowledge. Lets be real… The Mike Peters thing was humorous at first, but when you are posting as another FD driver, you could potentially cause some issues.

    On the real tho, My last name root is De Nofa but over the years it was merged to DeNofa.

  16. Mike Peters, Texan Native says:

    You didn’t think it was funny when you texted me all mad about it lol

  17. Mike Peters, Texan Native says:

    Lol at this whole thing btw

  18. Chelsea DeNofa says:

    Now that I’m not with Bergenholtz racing and driving their shitty Rx8 I have a shot at winning this thing.

  19. ChrisRamirez says:

    You guys are fucking up the thread. We all love drifting and we’re trying to keep up to date. Potential business partners (sponsors) for the sport try to keep up on what’s going on by regularly visiting sites like this for the latest trends.

    Why would Turn 10 or Microsoft even consider jumping on board when we got guys in here acting like fucking 10 years olds? They already have your money when you bought your Xbox, Forza, and the membership that keeps you entertained between posting as someone else, playing video games, and jacking off.

    Wrecked- You may as well just monitor comments before they go live. I’m not speaking for everyone but I’m tired of the fucking imposters.

  20. ChrisRamirez says:

    @joey redmond is there gonna be a live stream for this event as well?

  21. Mike Peters, Texan Native says:

    God forbid they use a legit login…

  22. DwreckTheHinga says:

    First. I hate all of you.

    Secondly, I assume Wrecked meant, “ethnicity” as opposed to Nationality. Otherwise almost ALL of the drivers would be, “American”.