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Formula Drift Nation Episode 1 [VIDEO]


Here is the official video from Formula Drift Nation Episode 1. Tune in as I do some analysis of the Formula Drift season with host Ryan Sage and Justin Banner. We talk about our Top 3 moments of the 2014 season and I touch on the Dai aster of 2014. We talk about Daigo Saito’s fishing habit, contact being made everywhere with Chris Forsberg, and Chelsea DeNofa’s crashing habit. Enjoy and the show will be back July 8th.

2014 Formula Drift Round 4 – Wall Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Qualifying from Wall Speedway is in! One of the biggest (if not biggest) grid we have seen at Wall in history. Also, never have we seen so many ties in Formula Drift history. Almost 75% of drivers were on a point style that came down to style (style points denoted on tiebreakers. Style ties were broke by championship rank.) Here is how they finished up:

1. Chris Forsberg – 93
2. Chelsea DeNofa – 92
3. Michael Essa – 90
4. Dai Yoshihara – 89
5. Odi Bakchis – 87 (46 Style)
6. Tyler McQuarrie – 87 (45 Style)
7. Fredric Aasbo – 87 (44 Style)
8. Kenneth Moen – 85
9. Conrad Grunewald – 84 (43 Style)
10. Forrest Wang – 84 (41 Style)
11. Kyle Mohan – 83
12. Matt Field – 82 (42 Style)
13. Ryan Tuerck – 82 (41 Style)
14. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 82 (40 Style)
15. Darren McNamara – 79 (42 Style)
16. Robbie Nishida – 79 (40 Style)
17. Marc Landerville – 79 (32 Style)
18. Pat Goodin – 78
19. Dennis Mertzanis – 76
20. Daigo Saito – 75 (37 Style)
21. Mats Baribeau – 75 (35 Style)
22. Justin Pawlak – 74 (35 Style)
23. Jhonnathan Castro – 74 (35 Style)
24. Karl Osaki – 74 (33 Style)
25. Ken Gushi – 73 (36 Style)
26. Tony Angelo – 73 (36 Style)
27. Charles Ng – 72 (36 Style)
28. Ryan Kado – 72 (33 Style)
29. Dave Briggs – 72 (32 Style)
30. Dean Kearney – 70 (37 Style)
31. Patrick Mordaunt – 70 (32 Style)
32. Joon Maeng – 68

 

 

LEFT BRACKET
Chris Forsberg vs. Joon Maeng
Robbie Nishida vs. Marc Landerville
Kenneth Moen vs. Ken Gushi
Conrad Grunewald vs. Karl Osaki
Dai Yoshihara vs. Dave Briggs
Ryan Tuerck vs. Daigo Saito
Odi Bakchis vs. Ryan Kado
Matt Field vs. Mats Baribeau

RIGHT BRACKET
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Patrick Mordaunt
Darren McNamara vs. Pat Goodin
Fredric Aasbo vs. Tony Angelo
Forrest Wang vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Michael Essa vs. Dean Kearney
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Dennis Mertzanis
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Charles Ng
Kyle Mohan vs. Justin Pawlak

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 3 This Weekend

10. Car-​to​-​ Car Contact ​i​​s Becoming More Common
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This is the best car -​to​-​car contact of the season to date! ​Chelsea ​DeNofa just managed to connect with Tyler McQuarrie wheel​-​to​-​ wheel​, throwing him airborne. Do you remember the accident that happened when these guys met at Wall Speedway in 2012? In case you don’t, here is the video. Quite a bit of other car ​-​to​-​car contact happened this weekend​,​ including some nice banging around with Matt Field and Chris Forsberg in the ​F​inal ​F​our. Keep an eye on this to be a theme through 2014.

9. Matt Field Deserves a Tip of the Hat
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I will never forget the day the world discovered Matt Field as a serious American drifter. It was back at Irwindale Speedway when he sent Daigo Saito into a two OMT battle before finally ​losing to Saito. Something interesting I have noticed since then is ​Field does exceptionally​ well at new tracks where all drivers start without data. Look back to 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway and this weekend at Homestead. This tells me​, as he drives these tracks and learns what he needs to make things work​, ​​he will be a championship contender.
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Norwegian Powerdrift Series Round 1 at Gatebil [RESULTS]

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The Norwegian Powerdrift Series kicked off in a big way at Gatebil over the past weekend. Several Formula Drift drivers were on hand including Dai Yoshihara who made his first visit to Norway. Local Fredric Aasbo was also in attendance with his 2JZ powered Toyota 86. Qualifying ended up turning into the main event due to a huge rainout for competition day. You can see a full recap of the weekend over at Onroaders.com here. This is how the podium wound up based on qualifying scores for Round 1:

1st. Kenneth Moen
2nd. Christer Halvorsen
3rd. Robin Alsaker and Kim Sondergaard

Formula Drift Pro 2 Launch Limits Pro Practice at New Track

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Formula Drift has released an event schedule for Round 3 at Homestead which kicks off in just at 10 days from now. The venue schedule for Friday looks rather interesting with the insertion of the first ever Pro 2 event. Formula Drift Pro 2 to my shock is basically given a 3 hour and 30 minute plot of time during Friday evening.

This also means after Formula Drift qualifying on Friday the drivers won’t come back to the track until Saturday. This does seem to be interesting to me considering that the Pro 2 time slot is taking up the same time as Top 16 on Saturday. With the new track, it will be interesting to see what drivers hop into Pro 2 (all drivers not in Top 16 Championship Points are eligible)  to get more track time at a new venue. Dai Yoshihara is a name who sticks out above that level in the series right now!

 

Friday, May 30, 2014
9:00am – Venue Open: Competitors & Vendors Only – Main Paddock
9:00am – 6:00pm – WILL CALL: Open for Vendor/Sponsor/Team – Will Call
9:15am – 9:45pm – PRO: Mandatory All Drivers Meeting – FD HQ
9:45am – 10:15am – MEDIA: Mandatory Meeting for ALL ‘Hot Area’ Access Credential Holders – FD HQ
10:00am – 11:00am – PRO: Open Practice – Group 1 – Track
11:00am – 12:00pm – PRO: Open Practice – Group 2 – Track
11:00am – 8:00pm – GATES OPEN TO PUBLIC – Venue
12:00pm – 3:00pm – PRO: Qualifying – Track
3:15pm – 4:00pm – PRO: Autograph Signing – Pit Garages
4:00pm – 4:30pm – PRO: MANDATORY – All Drivers Meeting; Qualifying Results – FD HQ
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Pro2: Practice – Track
6:15pm – 7:45pm – Pro2: Top 16 – Track
8:00pm – 8:30pm – Pro2: Trophy Ceremony – Podium
9:00pm – 8:00am – Clear Grip (Noise Ordinance, No Revving Engines) – Venue/Track

Saturday, May 31, 2014
8:00am – Venue Open: Competitors & Vendors Only – Main Paddock
8:00am – 5:00pm – WILL CALL: Open for Vendor/Sponsor/Team – Will Call
10:00am – 10:30am – PRO: Mandatory Drivers Meeting – FD HQ
10:30am – 11:00am – MEDIA: Mandatory Meeting for ALL ‘Hot Area’ Access Credential Holders – FD HQ
11:00am – 12:30pm – PRO: Open Practice – Top 32 – Track
11:00am – 8:00pm – GATES OPEN TO PUBLIC – Venue
12:30pm – 2:30pm – MAIN COMPETITION: Round of 32 – Track
2:30pm – 4:00pm – “Halftime Break”
4:00pm – 4:30pm – National Anthem / Opening Ceremonies – Track
4:30pm – 7:00pm – PRO: MAIN COMPETITION: Round of 16 to Finals – Track
7:00pm – 7:30pm – Trophy Ceremony & Closing – Main Paddock

2014 Formula Drift Road Atlanta – Through the Rain – Qualifying [RESULTS]

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During a southern downpour qualifying continued and ran 4 hours in time. Drivers were given a tester/feel lap then had to go and make a judged run right after. The track started to dry up about halfway through the second passes which is the result of the big points gap in the scores.

1. Forrest Wang
2. Tyler McQuarrie
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
4. Ryan Tuerck
5. Chris Forsberg
6. Chelsea DeNofa
7. Ken Gushi
8. Fredric Aasbo
9. Conrad Grunewald
10. Jhonnattan Castro
11. Kenneth Moen
12. Kuniaki Takahashi*
13. Odi Bakchis
14. Justin Pawlak
15. Kyle Mohan
16. Daigo Saito
17. Danny George
18. Darren McNamara
19. Pat Goodin
20. Michael Essa
21. Charles Ng
22. Dai Yoshihara
23. Dean Kearney
24. Marc Landerville
25. Matt Field
26. Ryan Kado
27. Alec Hohnadell*
28. Rapper Dan Savage*
29. Patrick Mordaunt
30. Geoff Stoneback*
31. Robbie Nishida
32. Jeff Jones

 

Top 32 Tandem Battles
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Grab These at Falken Tire Booth this Weekend at Formula Drift

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Falken Tire previewed some free goodies you can grab at the Falken Tire booth this weekend at Formula Drift Round 2. You can find these available for all the main Falken Tire drivers including Dai Yoshihara, Justin Pawlak, and Darren McNamara. Head over to the Falken Tire booth early during the event as supplies will be limited!

Triple Crown is Back in 2015 with $100k Prize Purse

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Formula Drift announced some more news about the 2015 World Championship today in a PR. The big highlight of the PR in my opinion was the return of the Triple Crown championship. While they didn’t clearly announce which three rounds would be part of this Triple crown they did say the purse will be  $100k USD. The Triple Crown will be based off of points from three rounds that are a mixture of FD US and FD International weekends.

 

 

 

2014 Formula Drift Round 1 – A Review of the Top 32

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Michael Essa qualified first this weekend – backing up his top qualifying spot at Irwindale Speedway last year. This makes two events in a row with a top qualifying spot for his E46 BMW. His first battle of the weekend was against Jeremy Richter who zeroed out on his follow run and then called a competition timeout. He was unable to return to the event and gave Michael Essa a pass to the Top 16.

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Pat Mordaunt blew his second engine of the week in the final practice session and gave Mats Baribeau and easy pass into the Top 16. His Hyundai Genesis (with red seats – not to be confused with Dennis Mertzanis’ Genesis that has black seats) retained the V6 Lambda motor which has continued to be a problem setup for the ARK team.ChelseaDeNofa.DennisMertzanis

Chelsea DeNofa was seemingly on his way to a victory over Dennis Mertzanis when his car shut off right by the horseshoe exit. Sources tell me he broke an axle and the mechanical gremlins continue to fall apart with the build. Dennis was given an easy pass to the Top 16 in his 1000hp Hyundai.

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These guys were the first Top 32 battle to actually make two successful passes on the weekend. In the lead run Carl made a huge error resulting in a zero from the judges or a huge deduction. Forrest Wang on his follow run just sat back a little took it easy, which got him into the Top 16. All three judges favored Forrest Wang to move on.

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Geoff Stoneback was the highlighted rookie of this weekend. After overcoming transport issues and clutch issues he managed to drive his way into the Top 32. He was sent packing by Kenneth Moen after two battles, but proved as a rookie he can overcome the diversity of the sport. Kenneth also looked unbeatable through most of the weekend.

The highlight of this tandem battle was the big wreck on Kyle Mohan’s follow run. These guys actually put on the best show of the weekend until Kyle planted his car into the wall, shattering his wheel. Robbie actually spins in a separate incident (off camera to LiveStream viewers) resulting in both drivers getting a 0 on the second run. The judges, after reviewing the first tandem battle where Kyle Mohan led gave, him the victory.

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Kyle and his team borrowed some taillights from a car in their paddock and got to work on replacements. Speaking with Kyle after the round, the team managed to get the car back on the road with a new wheel, brake lines, other small items, and one serious alignment. He does get the car back on track for the Top 16 introductions which is quite impressive!

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Marc Landerville and Fredric Aasbo was another actually solid battle. Marc maybe even had a slight advantage after the first run groupings but really messed up his exit on turn 10 and went way shallow. That was the nail in his coffin and allowing Fredric to advance into the 16. All three judges picked Fredric to advance into 16.JCastro.ConradGrunewald

Jhonnattan Castro looked impressive in his CFR built Nissan 370z this weekend, but ran a little too conservative to defeat Conrad Grunewald in the Camaro. Castro looked far improved from any performance he had given in the past. Conrad really outshined him on the chase run letting Conrad move into the 16.

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Dave Briggs was on fire with his performance over the weekend. In fact, he was putting out WAY more smoke than Vaughn Gittin Jr. throughout these battles. He drove Vaughn to a OMT after the first set of runs. Dave Briggs had an insane lead run and Vaughn Gittin Jr. made contact with the wall throwing him off line through turn 10. After the contact Dave has a huge correction, forcing the judges into a OMT. All three judges called for the first OMT battle.

During the OMT battle, Dave  fell a little behind on the follow run probably leaving him at a slight disadvantage as Vaughn went wall to wall without hesitation. Briggs’ lead run was awesome but he couldn’t make up the big amount of space he left when chasing Vaughn. All three judges favored Vaughn to advance!

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The Irish battle took place with Dean Kearney facing Darren McNamara. Dean looked insane with the Dodge Viper when he could complete the course. He was bringing out one aggressive snap entry into 10 and flying through the course. After watching both runs again and again after the event, I think the judges could of taken this either way. The judges really should of sent this battle to a OMT in my opinion, but they ended up calling it all three for Darren McNamara.

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Neither of these drivers were excited about this Top 32 draw. Dai Yoshihara in a new twin turbo V8 Subaru BRZ surely wanted an easier tandem partner for his first competition round in the new car. Chris Forsberg showed little remorse with two insanely solid runs dispatching Dai in the Subaru BRZ. All three judges favored with Chris Forsberg to move into the 16.

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Pat Goodin and Daigo Saito was one for the ages! Pat Goodin actually out qualified Daigo Saito so he was given the ability to lead first. Daigo was glued to Pat Goodin and didn’t give him enough space to transition heading into the horseshoe. Daigo smashed into his rear quarter panel leaving his bumper behind.

Sadly for Daigo Saito he already used his competition timeout in qualifying so he was unable to fix his car. Daigo attempted to bring the car out back to the start line but clearly had a serious front suspension issue and had to let Pat Goodin advance into the Top 16.

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Tyler McQuarrie and Tony Angelo was a tame contest. Tyler was just clearly faster around the course and easily dispatched Tony Angelo who experienced various driveline issues throughout the week.

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Ken Gushi and Odi Bakchis was one of my favorite battles of the Top 32. Odi Bakchis had an insane chase really showing he has progressed a ton in the off-season. In the photo above, Odi Bakchis is so close you cannot even see his car buried by Ken Gushi’s Scion FR-S. All three judges easily went with Odi Bakchis to move into the 16.

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Justin Pawlak stole the playbook from old Falken Tire teammate Haraguchi and used a feint entry into Turn 9. Why the judges or anyone said this was okay is beyond me! He continued this entry to gap drivers on his lead and then dove in normally on his follow run. It was kind of a lame strategy but the judges allowed this to take place.

Justin then parked it (hence the photo) on his second run and didn’t take off. He claimed Jeff Jones jumped the light and he couldn’t catch up. Jeff Jones ran the whole course in quite an impressive fashion but managed to break an axle before he returned. Jeff Jones called a competition time out but couldn’t fix his car, so JTP was allowed to advance into the 16. It was quite a strategic play overall from his perspective , but really sold the fans short of a good battle.

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Alec Hohnadell was the one of the three rookies to qualify into the Top 32. In his follow, run he really held his own following Ryan Tuerck with only a minor steering correction as his only deduction. In the end, Ryan Tuerck dismissed the rookie but he really performed well. I feel like with an easier draw in the 32, Alec could have advanced into the Top 16.

 

This wraps up the Top 32 round guys and we will have a Top 16 to podium summary also coming out very soon!

Formula Drift Long Beach Practice/Qualifying [GALLERY]

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Formula Drift Long Beach kicks off this weekend. Check out the rest of the gallery:

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