Daijiro Yoshihara

2012 Formula Drift at Irwindale Speedway – Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

It was a cold night at Irwindale Speedway, per California standards at least, but a large group of fans and supporters gathered for the free entry fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy. Kyle Mohan had the most exciting day of everyone with a little engine fire holding him up for a few minutes during the weekend. Jeff Jones was showing off his newly wrapped S14 from Los Angeles Wraps.

The Formula Drift staff was setting ride-a-longs and giving away prizes all day. Talking to a PR representative from the event I was told they were very happy with the number of people who signed up for rides throughout the night. A few fans we talked to after getting rides were just blown away about how much fun they had inside the vehicle.

Dai Yoshihara hopped into the now retired V8 powered Nissan S15 Silvia to put on a show for the night. Dai was one of the preferred favorites to get a ride during the evening. With just over 100 days until Streets of Long Beach many drivers were sharing plans and changes they are making for the 2013 drift season.

Other Formula Drift drivers were in attendance including Ken Gushi who has told me before his team is looking for more horsepower in his Scion FRS for 2013. Other drivers were a tad more tight lipped on sponsorship changes and improvements being made for the new season but as we tick closer to the start of the season more information will come out.

It was great coming together to raise money for all the victims of Hurricane Sandy and allow people to experience drifting with a professional driver at the House of Drift. Hopefully we never have a tragedy happen that we need to hold a fundraiser like this again but if that does happen we know Formula Drift will be ready to help.

Information on the Inaugural 2013 Formula D Super Drift Challenge

The Formula D Superdrift series will take place over the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend that happens just one week after the first round of Formula D. The $25,000 in cash will be on the line for a huge event on Saturday using the traditional Formula Drift track on turns nine, ten, and eleven. On Friday the drivers will be running practice and qualifying like a traditional Formula Drift event. Saturday the cash is on the line running the traditional Formula Drift course.

Seating for the Super Drift Challenge will be in Grandstands 16, 18, 24, 25 and 26 on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices for the three-day event range from $28 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $130 for a three-day ticket that includes Sat./Sun. reserved seating in grandstand upper levels. On Saturday the event kicks off at 7:00pm and will feature a Top 16 of the best drivers in the series. As an added bonus the Super Drift Challenge cars will drift the entire race circuit after the featured IZOD IndyCar Series race.

Here is the Drivers List: 
Daigo Saito
Daijiro Yoshihara
Frederic Aasbo
Aurimas Bakchis
Michael Essa
Conrad Grunewald
Ken Gushi
Tyler McQuarrie
Robbie Nishida
Justin Pawlak
Matt Powers
*Others will be announced soon

Formula Drift Raises Money for Charity at Irwindale Speedway with Ride-Alongs [BUY NOW]

On Thursday night December 13th you can visit Irwindale Speedway and come free of charge to see a group of Formula Drift drivers (drivers list below) give ride-alongs all evening. The event kicks off at 6:00pm and will wrap up at 9:00pm. If you want a VIP ride-along with a random driver from the list below it will cost $150 or you can select the specific driver you would like at a cost of $250 for a ride. Raffle tickets will also be on-sale at the event for a chance to win great prizes from Formula DRIFT partners including Sparco, Fatlace, Yoshihara Design, Nitto, Alpinestars, ACT Clutches, Motegi Racing, Discount Tire, EBC Brakes, Falken, K&N and more.

Here is the Drivers List:
Daijiro Yoshihara
Justin Pawlak
Odi Bakchis
Kyle Mohan
Jeff Jones
Danny George

Buy Tickets Now: http://www.wantickets.com/events/ShowEvent.aspx?eventId=117291

Formula Drift 2014 – Dai Yoshihara will compete in a Subaru BRZ

Sadly the 2014 Formula Drift is not a typo and we will have to wait another whole season to see Dai Yoshihara in his Subaru BRZ but they will be testing the new platform in 2013. Dai will return to a V8 powered S13 for 2013 but his team at SPD will be building and developing a Subaru BRZ according to a release put out by Falken Tire today. Will they throw a big LS V8 in the BRZ or take the large turbo route on this build? As they start development I am sure you can find build information over at MotoIQ.

Brian Casse takes on Formula Drift Irwindale [VIDEO]

One of the first montage videos from Irwindale Speedway has been released by Brian Casse today showing a ton of the excitement from the seventh round of the 2012 Formula Drift series. The video shows a ton of Dai Yoshihara footage along with two minutes of the grid, tandem battles, and finishing off with some great Top 16 excitement and action. The Rhys Millen crash is caught at the end of the video which declared Daigo Saito the 2012 Formula Drift champion.

Joey Redmond is on MotoIQ Radio Tonight at 8:30pm PST

Tonight in less than 30 minutes our head editor Joey Redmond will be on MotoIQ radio with Justin Banner and one gorgeous time attacker Kerryann De La Cruz as they talk about the end of the 2012 season and the previews of the 2013 season. The three of them are going to talk about some exclusive hints on the new season and what will be announced at the 2012 Formula Drift SEMA press conference. Here is MotoIQ talking about coming on air:

8:30pm PST - Finally, Joey Redmond of Wrecked Magazine will be on with us to discuss the 2012 season. We’ll also get his views on judging for this year and Daigo Saito winning the 2012 Formula Drift Championship in his first year. Finally, we’ll look into his crystal ball and see what he sees coming in the 2013 Formula Drift Season.

Source: http://www.motoiq.com/magazine_articles/id/2756/motoiq-radio–jarod-deanda-bryan-bridges-and-joey-redmond.aspx?4

2012 Formula Drift Crew Member of the Year – Mike Kojima

Mike Kojima has been partnered up with Falken Tire as a suspension engineer for a couple seasons now. He was on the team that brought Dai Yoshihara a 2011 championship and continues to work on improving setups for the team. Mike also works at MotoIQ, where we stole this photo, which he displays and shares tons of his sage wisdom about the automobile with the world. He proves to be an easy selection for this Formula Drift award.

2012 Formula Drift Round 7 – The Main Event [GALLERY]


One of the best drift events in history was put in the books this weekend as a huge turn of events put Daigo Saito in the books for a victory at Irwindale Speedway and a championship during his “rookie season.” The biggest story of the weekend was Matt Field who defeated Ken Gushi in the Greddy Scion FRS and took Daigo Saito to a judges call of OMT almost rewriting drift history in 2012. Justin Kaehler caught all the action as Vaughn Gittin Jr. missed a chance for his second championship and Rhys Millen crashed his way out of one against Daigo Saito.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=319

Top 32 Tandem Battles for 2012 Formula Drift Irwindale [MATCHUPS]

Here are the Top 32 tandem battles for this weekend. In theory we have a huge potential lineup of Rhys Millen and Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Top 8 which would end up being a battle for the championship realistically. If Vaughn goes out early we have a chance to see JTP, Fredric Aasbo, Daigo Saito, and Rhys Millen all in the final four fighting it out for a championship.

1 Rhys millen vs 32 Kenny Moen
16 Kyle Mohan vs 17 Dai Yoshihara
8 Chelsea DeNofa vs 25 Patrick Mordaunt
9 Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs 24 Nick D’alessio
4 Chris Forsberg vs 29 Conrad Grunewald
13 Daigo Saito vs 20 Taka Aono
5 Ken Gushi vs 28 Toshiki Yoshioka
12 Matt Field vs 21 Jeremy Lowe

2 Justin Pawlak vs 31 Walker Wilkerson
15 Alex Lee vs 18 Tony Angelo
7 Tyler Mcquarrie vs 26 Joon Maeng
10 Tony Brakiohapa vs 23 Michael Essa
3 Fredric Aasbo vs 30 Darren McNamara
14 Dave Briggs vs 19 Robbie ishida
6 Ryan Tuerck vs 27 Ryan Kado
11 Matt Powers vs 22 Luke Lonberger

2012 Formula Drift Irwindale Qualifying [RESULTS]

Rhys Mad Skills Millen Formula Drift Irwindale Top Qualifier

Rhys Millen takes the home the Top Qualifier position in the Final round of Formula Drift. The qualifying order is below.

1. R. Millen
2. J. Pawlak
3. F. Aasbo
4. C. Forsberg
5. K. Gushi
6. R. Tuerck
7. T. McQuarrie
8. C. DeNofa
9. V. Gittin
10. T. Brakohiapa
12. M. Field
11. M. Powers
13. D. Saito
14. D. Briggs
15. A. Lee
16. K. Mohan
17. D. Yoshihara
18. T. Angelo
19. R. Nishida
20. T. Aono
21. J. Lowe
22. L. Lonberger
23. M. Essa
24. N. D’Alessio
25. P. Mordaunt
26. J. Maeng
27. R. Kado
28. T. Yoshioka
29. C. Gruenwald
30. D. McNamara
31. W. Wilkerson
32. Kenny Moen