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2016 Formula Drift Round 1 Streets of Long Beach [GALLERY]

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Here is a great Formula Drift Long Beach gallery from our long time shooter Justin Kaehler. He compiled a great 200+ shots of the action through the rain and dry Top 32 tandem. Follow the link below to follow along and view some great shots of the event.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=468

Dai Yoshihara Shows Off New Subaru BRZ Look for Formula Drift 2016

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Here is a great look at Dai Yoshihara’s new Subaru BRZ for the 2016 Formula Drift season. Dai has kept with a ton of his old partners including KW Suspension and Falken Tire. Dai now carries Turn 14 Distribution as his title sponsor. The car has a new look with baby blue and some white/black splash graphics. His team has put some serious work into the car during the offseason including converting the car to RHD.

RHD cars have always done exceptionally well at Long Beach due to the driver positioning so I am going to hold my opinions to Road Atlanta before I deem the RHD conversion a true success for his work. Dai took a big presence with McLeod Clutch this year which we have the installation documented below! How do you think Dai will do this season?

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Falken Tire Expands Formula Drift Program for 2016

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Well, we announced the Yokohama Tire was bailing on Formula Drift late last year and it looks like Matt Field found his new home at Falken Tire. He joins Odi Bakchis who we announced earlier this week who will be back on the 615K tire as well. Tyler McQuarrie is also going to make a return to the program for 2016 who is one of the most winning Falken Tire drivers in the series history. The rest of the team is the same for 2016 with Pat Goodin, Dai Yoshihara, and Justin Pawlak.

Dai Yoshihara Breaks FWD Buttonwillow Record in Spoon Sports Civic

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Dai Yoshihara took on Super Lap Battle today and managed to beat the long standing FWD record held by Chris Rado. Dai took the Spoon Sports Honda Civic to a flying 1:45.585. According to reports from Mike Kojima of MotoIQ, the car did all of this while missing 4th gear. Quite a feat that Dai Yoshihara should be proud of and a nice way to wrap up a less than ideal 2015 drift season for him.

Formula Drift Releases Driver List for SEMA Ignited Demo

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In case you haven’t got a Formula Drift fix in for the 2015 season you can see some pro FD drivers in the Las Veags Convention Center Gold Lot on Friday after SEMA. From what I understand, with a SEMA badge you can walk in free to the show. Military + Student ID is free but you must present at entry. If you cannot get in free with any of these options the promo code FORMULAD50  will give you 50% off and make the ticket $10. Here are the drivers in attendance –
Dai Yoshihara
Odi Bakchis
Mike Whiddett
Mike Essa
Alex Heilbrunn
Robbie Nishida
Daigo Saito
Dean Kearney

2015 Formula Drift Round 5 Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Formula Drift qualifying at Evergreen Speedway was an interesting one. It went quickly but so many drivers scored a zero due to the rain and then transition to dry during the weekend. It was a tough one and we just wish that the weather would behave for a weekend already. Here is how they qualified-

1. Kenneth Moen 89
2. Ryan Tuerck 87
3. Fredric Aasbo 87
4. Ken Gushi 85
5. Kristaps Bluss 84
6. Forrest Wang 84
7. Matt Field 81
8. Chris Forsberg 80
9. Alec Hohnadell 79
10. Chelsea DeNofa 79
11. Odi Bakchis 78
12. Justin Pawlak 77
13. Pat Mordaunt 77
14. Michael Essa 77
15. Pat Goodin 76
16. Charles Ng 76
17. Daigo Saito 76
18. Masashi Yokoi 75
19. Dai Yoshihara 75
20. Tyler McQuarrie 75
21. Dean Kearney 74
22. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 74
23. Conrad Grunewald 74
24. Kyle Mohan 73
25. Nate Hamilton 72
26. Jhonnattan Castro 68
27. Mad Mike Whiddett 67
28. Matt Coffman 66
29. Brandon Wicknick 66
30. Dan Savage 64
31. Geoff Stoneback 62
32. Jeff Jones 61

Top 32 Tandem Battle
Left Bracket
Kenneth Moen vs. Jeff Jones
Charles Ng vs. Daigo Saito

Chris Forsberg vs. Nate Hamilton
Alec Hohnadell vs. Kyle Mohan

Ken Gushi vs. Brandon Wicknick
Pat Morduant vs. Tyler McQuarrie

Kristaps Bluss vs. Matt Coffman
Justin Pawlak vs. Dean Kearney

Right Bracket
Ryan Tuerck vs. Geoff Stoneback
Pat Goodin vs. Masahi Yokoi

Matt Field vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Conrad Grunewald

Fredric Aasbo vs. Dan Savage
Michael Essa vs. Dai Yoshihara

Forrest Wang vs. Mad Mike Whiddett
Odi Bakchivs vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr.

2015 Formula Drift Round 4 New Jersey Qualifying [RESULTS]

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So 37 drivers showed up for New Jersey which is one of the better driver counts for a Wall Speedway event that we can remember. I guess narrowing down the field just swept away the non-serious players. Two drivers (James Evans and Charles Ng) failed to get a score so only three drivers with a score didn’t qualify. 78 was the cutoff score which is pretty high compared to the average. Here is how they guys finished and who the tandem battles will be in the morning –

1. Ken Gushi 93 (46 Style)
2. Fredric Aasbo 93 (44 Style)
3. Justin Pawlak 92 (46 Style)
4. Pat Goodin 92 (45 Style)
5. Kenneth Moen 91 (43 Style)
6. Chris Forsberg 91 (43 Style)
7. Chelsea DeNofa 90
8. Robbie Nishida 89 (44 Style)
9. Ryan Tuerck 89 (44 Style)
10. Pat Mordaunt 89 (42 Style)
11. Odi Bakchis 88 (42 Style)
12. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 88 (41 Style)
13. Forrest Wang 87 (40 Style)
14. Rapper Dan Savage 87 (40 Style)
15. Jhonnattan Castro 85 (42 Style)
16. Matt Field 85 (41 Style)
17. Conrad Grunewald 85 (40 Style)
18. Kristaps Bluss 84 (42 Style)
19. Masashi Yokoi 84 (41 Style)
20. Dai Yoshihara 84 (39 Style)
21. Dean Kearney 83 (40 Style)
22. Jeff Jones 83 (40 Style)
23. Marc Landerville 83 (40 Style)
24. Brandon Wicknick 83 (39 Style)
25. Daigo Saito 83 (36 Style)
26. Geoff Stoneback 82 (39 Style)
27. Alec Hohnadell 82 (36 Style)
28. Kyle Mohan 81 (36 Style)
29. Michael Essa 81 (35 Style)
30. Tyler McQuarrie 80 (36 Style)
31. Mats Baribeau 80 (36 Style)
32. Nate Hamilton 78

Top 32 Tandem Bracket (Left)
Ken Gushi vs. Nate Hamilton
Matt Field vs. Conrad Grunewald

Robbie Nishida vs. Daigo Saito
Ryan Tuerck vs. Brandon Wicknick

Pat Goodin vs. Michael Essa
Forrest Wang vs. Dai Yoshihara

Kenneth Moen vs. Kyle Mohan
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Dean Kearney

Top 32 Tandem Bracket (Right)
Fredric Aasbo vs. Mats Baribeau
Jhonnattan Castro vs. Kristaps Bluss

Chelsea DeNofa vs. Geoff Stoneback
Pat Mordaunt vs. Marc Landerville

Justin Pawlak vs. Tyler McQuarrie
Rapper Dan Savage vs. Masashi Yokoi

Chris Forsberg vs. Alec Hohnadell
Odi Bakchis vs. Jeff Jones

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 3 at Orlando Speed World

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10. The Weekend Just Lacked Any Positive Narratives 

You know in sports when some miracle happens and they use that tacky cliche “you couldn’t even script this or write this…”? Well, I do hate that cliche because people can write about aliens, unicorns, and flying cars so putting together a compelling sports narrative with a shocking finish does’t seem that far fetched. This weekend of Formula Drift was the opposite of all that hype and lacked any real positive narratives.

The rain made drifting so slow and robbed us of smoke that we would of been just as entertained watching drivers draw straws to get a win. The home grown hero who cut his teeth at Orlando Speed World known as Pat Goodin couldn’t even qualify due to some car troubles giving this weekend the final nail in a miserable coffin.

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9. Pro 2 Has Promise for 2015

Even with the bad weather conditions and a track that seemed hell bent on preventing good tandem drifting I saw that the Pro 2 ranks were far more entertaining than last season. I won’t make a bold proclamation about the Pro 2 season until I see them run at Seattle, but I do really like the builds and some drivers that have come out of the wood work for Pro 2 in 2015. The whole operation seems far more professional and relevant than its first season which I enjoy and shows potential for Pro 2 in the future.

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8. Yokoi and his Car Are Growing into Formula Drift

Yokoi and his S15 Silvia look like night and day compared from his driving in Long Beach to Orlando. If it wasn’t for the wild fire coming out of his fuel system (more on that down at  #4) in a battle versus Ryan Tuerck I think he could of won that battle and possibly became the event winner.  Before going out in the Great 8 he managed to beat #1 in points Odi Bakchis in a Road Atlanta rematch. He also made pretty easy work of potential champion Fredric Aasbo in Top 32.

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2015 Formula Drift Road Atlanta Round 2 [RESULTS]

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Road Atlanta is always a fun battle ground for the top drifting drivers in the world. Robbie Nishida made a lackluster debut in his Infiniti G37 failing to make a qualifying pass and Dai Yoshihara had issues in his Subaru BRZ and didn’t make a pass either. The bottom of the group was quite close and Matt Field even had to drift his way out of 33rd place on his second pass to stay in the show. Here is how the tandem battles look for today –

Left Bracket
Justin Pawlak vs. Chelsea DeNofa (In Loaner MK3 Supra)
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Pat Goodin
Mad Mike Whiddett vs. Rapper Dan Savage
Forrest Wang vs. Marc Landerville
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Jeff Jones
Kenneth Moen vs. Michael Essa
Odi Bakchis vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Masahi Yokoi vs. Matt Coffman

Right Bracket
Fredric Aasbo vs. Daigo Saito
Tanner Foust vs. Geoff Stoneback
Chris Forsberg vs. Kyle Mohan
Ryan Tuerck vs. Pat Mordaunt
Conrad Grunewald vs. Dean Kearney
Charles Ng vs. Matt Field
Ken Gushi vs. Mats Barbieau
Alec Hohnadell vs. Nate Hamilton

Forrest Wang, Dai Yoshihara, and Kyle Mohan make horsepower improvements prior to Atlanta

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Over the past few days, Forrest Wang, Dai Yoshihara, and Kyle Mohan have all posted social media updates indicating that they will have new power heading into Atlanta. All three are continuing to develop the same powerplant that they have used at least for the past year, but seeing these updates just emphasizes that the horsepower wars have kicked up to another level this season.

 

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First up is Dai Yoshihara. His team posted an image of a new turbo and intercooler setup which should help reduce under hood temps and improve throttle response. The team also switched over to E85 fuel. While details weren’t discussed, the team said that power has increased over the previous setup. Yoshihara has been testing and driving the car more this season than almost any other driver, so we feel that Yoshihara may be due for a breakout performance in his BR-Z.

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