Daijiro Yoshihara

2013 Formula D Palm Beach Qualifying Order [RESULTS]

After two passes in the humid Florida air, Justin Pawlak rose above the rest of the pack to claim the top qualifier position. Pawlak won the first event at Palm Beach Raceway back in 2011, so he seems quite comfortable on track. Here’s the full qualifying order:

1 – Justin Pawlak

2 – Kenneth Moen

3 – Daigo Saito

4 – Chris Forsberg

5 – Mats Baribeau (R)

6 – Dai Yoshihara

7 – Vaughn Gittin Jr

8 – Dave Briggs

9 – Tony Angelo

10 – Conrad Grunewald

11 – Matt Field

12 – Taka Aono

13 – Ryan Tuerck

14 – Miro Ovcharik

15 – Chelsea Denofa

16 – Chris Ward

17 – Robbie Nishida

18 – Fredric Aasbo

19 – Forrest Wang

20 – Odi Bakchis

21 – Mike Essa

22 – Brandon Wicknick (R)

23 – Darren McNamara

24 – Joon Maeng

25 – Jeremy Lowe

26 – Ryan Kado

27 – Danny George

28 – Tyler McQuarrie

29 – Dean Kearney

30 – Pat Goodin

31 – Jeff Jones

32 – Kyle Mohan

Notable names who did not make the cut include Ken Gushi, Walker Wilkerson, and Matt Powers.

Here are how the tandem battles are shaping up:

1 Pawlak vs 32 Mohan
16 Ward vs 17 Nishida
8 Briggs vs 25 Lowe
9 Angelo vs 24 Maeng

4 Forsberg vs 29 Kearney
13 Tuerck vs 20 Bakchis
5 Baribeau vs 28 McQuarrie
12 Aono vs 21 Essa

2 Moen vs 31 Jones
15 DeNofa vs 18 Aasbo
7 Gittin Jr vs 26 Kado
10 Grunewald vs 23 McNamara

3 Saito vs 30 Goodin
14 Ovcharik vs 19 Wang
6 Yoshihara vs 27 George
11 Field vs 22 Wicknick

Championship Points standings after Formula D Atlanta [STANDINGS]

Vaughn Gittin Jr monster-trucked catapulted himself to the top of the championship points with another podium finish. He becomes the first driver of the season to place on the podium twice. Daigo Saito moves into second place with the win, while Darren McNamara sits in third place. Dai Yoshihara dropped to fifth in the standings with his early top-32 exit. The last time Vaughn Gittin Jr hit the podium in Atlanta, he won the championship. Will history repeat itself?

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr.                 172 points

2. Daigo Saito                              161 points

3. Darren McNamara               156 points

4. Michael Essa                           141 points

5. Daijiro Yoshihara                  137 points

6. Fredric Aasbo                        136 points

7. Chris Forsberg                      135 points

8. Ryan Tuerck                          125.5 points

9. Kenny Moen                          120 points

10. Matt Powers                         119 points

11. Justin Pawlak                     116.5 points

12. Aurimas ”Odi” Bakchis            112 points

13. Chelsea DeNofa                    105 points

14. Kyle Mohan                           86 points

15. Forrest Wang                        82 points

16. Matt Field                             81.5 points

Throwback Thursday: All 9 podiums from Atlanta

Although Wrecked Magazine has only been around since 2007, we’ve dug into the archives to put together all 9 previous podiums from Atlanta. Dai Yoshihara and Chris Forsberg both have two wins at the track, but Darren McNamara and Ryan Tuerck both have two career podium finishes at the track. Who’s your pick to take home the win this weekend?

1st – Justin Pawlak – Falken Tire Ford Mustang
2nd – Freddy Aasbo – Need for Speed Scion tC2
3rd – Daigo Saito – Achilles Radial Lexus SC430

1st – Dai Yoshihara – Discount Tire Nissan S13
2nd – Darren McNamara – Falken Tire Saturn Sky
3rd – Toshiki Yoshioka – Retaks Nissan S13

1st – Dai Yoshihara – Discount Tire Nissan S13
2nd – Vaughn Gittin Jr – Monster Energy Falken Ford Mustang
3rd – Chris Forsberg – NOS Energy Maxxis Tire Nissan 350Z

1st – Chris Forsberg – NOS Energy Drink Maxxis Nissan 350z
2nd – Darren McNamara – Sears Saturn Sky
3rd – Ryan Tuerck – Gardella Racing Mobil 1 Pontiac Solstice

1st – Rhys Millen – Red Bull Pontiac Solstice
2nd – Michihiro Takatori – Superautobacs  Skyline R34
3rd – Ryan Tuerck – Gardella Racing Mobil 1 Pontiac Solstice

1st – Chris Forsberg – Maxxis Nissan 350Z
2nd – Darren McNamara – Falken Tire McnSport SR86
3rd – Tanner Foust – AEM Memphis Audio 3350Z

1st – Tanner Foust – AEM Nissan 350Z
2nd – Sam Hubinette – Mopar Dodge Viper
3rd – Dai Yoshihara – Rockstar Energy Drink S13

1st – Sam Hubinette – Mopar Dodge Viper
2nd – Dai Yoshihara – Pacific Rim S13
3rd – Rhys Millen – Pontiac GTO

1st – Sam Hubinette – Mopar Dodge Viper
2nd – Chris Forsberg – Motorex Nissan 350Z
3rd – Hiro Sumida – DriftDay Corolla AE86

Dai Yoshihara’s VIP charity auction is back for Atlanta

Dai Yoshihara is continuing his work with his Relief for Japan charity by auctioning off a set of tickets to each Formula D round along with a grab bag of Dai-branded shwag. The bag itself is a sweet Sparco backpack and includes a Falken hospitality VIP pass, HPI race car, and t-shirts and shwag from several of Dai’s sponsors including KW suspensions and others. The current bid is already up to $360, but with the money going to a good cause, we’d love to see it continue to rise! Dai will be running similar auctions for all of the Formula D rounds this season so keep your eyes peeled out for future auctions!

Bid on the auction here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Formula-Drift-Round-2-Atlanta-Tickets-Charity-Auction-2013-/271200300978?

Dmac and Dai get some suspension tweaks for Atlanta

Suspension guru Mike Kojima of MotoIQ fame posted a few pics to social media channels yesterday highlighting some changes to the Falken cars that are being maintained by SPD Metalworks. Both Dai’s S13 and Dmac’s S14 received some suspension tweaks with the guidance of Chris Marion from KW Suspensions. KW has shown some great support for their FD drivers in seasons past, and even posted a video from Long Beach earlier this week highlighting their drivers including Dai Yoshihara’s win. Both drivers have done well in Atlanta previously (Yoshihara winning in 2010 and 2011, Dmac placing 2nd in ’07 and ’11), so be on the lookout for them to still be competing late into the evening.


2013 Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach with KW Suspension [VIDEO]

KW Suspension shows off its 2013 drift team including Chris Forsberg, Dai Yoshihara, Ken Gushi, Ryan Tuerck, and Matt Powers round out the big 2013 team. This interview highlights the team, the changes they made to programs in the new year, and what KW suspension they are running. Sit back and enjoy what the team has to say.

2013 Formula Drift Long Beach Grand Prix SuperDrift Updated Drivers List

Formula D has posted a new roster of drivers that will be competing this weekend at the SuperDrift challenge in conjunction with Long Beach Grand Prix. Here’s the list:

– Fredric Aasbo
– Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis
– Jhonnattan Castro
– Chelsea Denofa
– Mike Essa
– Patrick Goodin
– Jeff Jones
– Ryan Kado
– Kyle Mohan
– Patrick Mordaunt
– Robbie Nishida
– Matt Powers
– Daigo Saito
– Forrest Wang
– Walker Wilkerson
– Toshiki Yoshioka

Compared to this previous list, there are several major names missing including Chris Forsberg, Conrad Grunewald, Tyler McQuarrie, Ryan Tuerck, Dai Yoshihara, and Tony Angelo. New names on the list include Jhonnattan Castro, Pat Goodin, Jeff Jones, Pat Mordaunt, Forrest Wang, and Walker Wilkerson. How do you feel about this new roster?

Championship Points standings after Formula D Long Beach [STANDINGS]

With the first round out of the way, Dai Yoshihara leads the points by taking the win along with earning top qualifier. 2012 champion Daigo Saito sits in 10th place after getting knocked out in the round of 16 by Freddy Aasbo, matching his worst finish from 2012. JR was the last champion to win the Long Beach event and go on to win the championship back in 2010, it will be interesting to see if Dai Yoshihara can repeat that. Who’s your favorite to win the 2013 championship after Long Beach?

1. Daijiro Yoshihara                    112 points

2. Vaughn Gittin Jr.                     92 points

3. Chris Forsberg                        79 points

4. Chelsea DeNofa                      75 points

5. Kenny Moen                         65 points

6. Darren McNamara                   64 points

6. Ryan Tuerck                           64 points

8. Fredric Aasbo                       63 points

9. Ken Gushi                               62 points

9. Michael Essa                           62 points

11. Daigo Saito                           57 points

12. Aurimas”Odi” Bakchis           56 points

13. Ryan Kado                            55 points

14. Matt Powers                          55 points

15. Patrick Mordaunt                   54.5 points

16. Justin Pawlak                         54.5 points

2013 Formula Drift Round 1 – Streets of Long Beach [RESULTS]

What a day we had to kick off the 2013 season at a gloomy Long Beach day. The sun vanished and really good tandem battles took place all day setting quite a ton for the 2013 season. The most memorable battle by far was Daigo Saito and Fredric Aasbo which saw Aasbo take the in one crazy double OMT battle. Here is how it finished with Vaughn losing to his old Falken teammate to close it off. Here is the top 4:

1. Dai Yoshihara
2. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
3. Chris Forsberg
4. Chelsea DeNofa

Formula Drift Round 1 Long Beach Qualifying [RESULTS]

After one of the longest qualifying sessions in Formula Drift history. Dai Yoshihara takes takes the number one qualifier spot. The rest of the qualifying order is below.

32 Tyler Mcquarrie
31 Dennis Mertzanis
30 Enrique Mendoza
29 Carl Ryquist
28 Miro Ovcharik
27 Pat Goodin
26 Jeff Jones
25 Danny George
24 Toshiki Yoshioka
23 Justin Pawlak
22 Pat Mordaunt
21 Joon Maeng
20 Robbie Nishida
19 Kyle Mohan
18 Jhonnattan Castro
17 Matt Field
16 Matt powers
15 Chris Forsberg
14 Ken Gushi
13 Ryan Kado
12 Odi Bakchis
11 Taka Aono
10 Forrest Wang
9 Freddy Aasbo
8 Daigo Saito
7 Ryan Tuerck
6 Vaughn Gittin JR
5 Kenny Moen
4 Chelsea Denofa
3 Mike Essa
2 Darren McNamara
1 Dai Yoshihara