Daijiro Yoshihara

2012 Formula Drift Round 6 Main Event [GALLERY]

Round 6 of Formula Drift had a lot of action and a alot of carnage. Our photographer, Ricky Cervantes caught all of the action and the carnage that came along with it .

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Formula D Championship standings after 6 rounds

Here are the standings after 6 events. Vaughn Gittin Jr still leads the champion chase and is on pace to claim his second championship, gaining a bigger lead on Daigo Saito by both qualifying higher and finishing higher than Saito. Millen climbed into third place overall, within striking distance of Gittin Jr with his win in Vegas, repeating his win from last year. Irwindale will definitely keep the calculators busy!

1. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang 473 Points
2. Saito, Daigo Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 447.50 Points
3. Millen, Rhys Hankook / Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis Coupe 428.25 Points
4. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 403 Points
5. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 401.50 Points
6. Aasbo, Fredric Need for Speed / Papadakis Racing Scion tC 395.50 Points
7. Tuerck, Ryan Team Retaks Nissan 240SX 383.50 Points
8. Gushi, Ken Greddy / Hankook Scion FR-S 321.50 Points
9. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z 317.25 Points
10. Grunewald, Conrad Hankook Chevrolet Camaro 305.50 Points
11. Powers, Matt Need for Speed / Nitto Nissan S14 302.50 Points
12. Essa, Michael GSR Autosport / Nitto BMW ZR4 297 Points
13. Bakchis, Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis Motorsports Nissan 240SX S14 292 Points
14. Yoshioka, Toshiki RS*R Nissan S15 279 Points
15. Nishida, Robbie Bridges Racing / Achilles Tire Lexus SC300 259.25 Points
16. DeNofa, Chelsea Bergenholtz Racing / Nitto Mazda RX-8 248.75 Points

2012 Formula Drift Main Event Matchups

The Top 32 bracket has a couple of really interesting matchups including Aasbo vs Forsberg, two drivers that we usually don’t see battle so early in Top 32.  Pawlak and  McQuarrie are also matched up in Top 32 . You’ll recall that last year Justin Pawlak was given Tyler McQuarrie’s car last year at Vegas causing Tyler to be out of the points race. The rest of the matchups are below:

Left side of the bracket:
F. Aasbo vs C. Forsberg
K. Mohan vs D. Yoshihara
M. Powers vs T. Yoshioka
J. Pawlak vs T. McQuarrie
C. Grunewald vs R. Bell
K. Gushi vs M. Field
V. Gittin vs D. Briggs
J. Maeng vs L. Lonberger

Right side of the bracket:

R. Millen vs A. Lee
C. Ward vs R. Gallagher
D. Saito vs T. Angelo
C. Denofa vs I. Fornier
R. Nishida vs O. Bakchis
R. Tuerck vs D. Mertzanis
M. Essa vs P. Goddin
D. George vs W. Wilkerson

2012 Formula Drift Round 6 at Las Vegas Qualifying [GALLERY]

Formula Drift Qualifying ended with Fredrick Aasbo taking home the top qualifying spot. Follow the link below to check of some Formula Drift Round 6 Qualifying photos.

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2012 Formula Drift Round 6 at Las Vegas Thursday Night Practice [GALLERY]

The new track layout is quite a change from years past in Vegas. In fact, the whole place looks different in a great way with movement of the paddock area to the side of the parking lot and moved grandstands. Many top drivers made only a few passes but the track seems to be difficult for almost all. Qualifying should be interesting today.

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2012 Formula Drift Round 6 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway [DRIVERS LIST]

The most hot place on earth next weekend is hosting a drift event next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway  for the sixth round of Formula Drift. Below is a complete list of drivers coming to Las Vegas to compete for the big weekend.

1

Gittin, Vaughn Jr.

25

2

Saito, Daigo*

430

3

Pawlak, Justin

13

4

Yoshihara, Daijiro

9

5

Tuerck, Ryan

62

6

Millen, Rhys

67

7

Aasbo, Fredric

151

8

Forsberg, Chris

64

9

Powers, Matt

665

10

Bakchis, Odi

723

11

Gushi, Ken

21

12

Grunewald, Conrad

79

13

Essa, Mike

101

14

Moen, Kenneth**

22

15

Kado, Ryan

614

16

Yoshioka, Toshiki

5

17

Denofa, Chelsea*

88

18

McQuarrie, Tyler

17

18

Wilkerson, Walker

95

20

Nishida, Robbie

31

21

Field, Matt

777

22

McNamara, Darren

8

23

Mohan, Kyle

99

24

Angelo, Tony

96

25

Maeng, Joon

51

26

Lowe, Jeremy*

138

27

Mertzanis, Dennis

323

27

Aono, Taka

86

29

Ovcharik, Miroslav*

235

30

Mordaunt, Patrick

90

31

Castro, Jhonnattan*

717

32

Brakohiapa, Tony

18

33

Lonberger, Luke

28

34

Marstanovic, George*

111

35

George, Danny

7

35

Hosford, Corey*

232

35

Ward, Chris*

23

35

Goodin, Patrick*

46

39

D’Alessio, Nick*

84

40

Amandio, Emmanuel**

30

41

Lee, Alex**

81

43

Jones, Jeff

29

45

Abbott, Jeff

518

45

Bell, Ryan*

19

45

Briggs, Dave*

24

45

Coomes, Andrew*

12

45

Fournier, Ian

11

45

Gallagher, Roland

425

45

Guild, Joshua*

702

45

Mendoza Jr., Enrique*

16

45

Ornelas Jr., Mauricio*

27

45

Skudlarek, Mike

20

45

Stone, Gabe*

15

45

Thomas, Nick

310

Formula Drift 2012 Standings After 5 Rounds

With his back to back wins, Vaughn Gittin Jr has taken 1st place away from Justin Pawlak. Daigo Saito is still in 3rd place.

1. Vaughn Gittin – 391
2. Daigo Saito – 383.50
3. Justin Pawlak – 376
4. Daijiro Yoshihara – 347
5. Ryan Tuerck – 328.50
6. Rhys Millen – 318.25
7. Fredric Aasbo – 295.50
8. Chris Forsberg – 293
9. Matt Powers –  275.50
10. Odi Bakchis – 267.75
11. Ken Gushi – 266.50
12. Conrad Grunewald – 238.50
13. Michael Essa – 232
14. Kenneth Moen – 231
15. Ryan Kado – 226
16. Toshiki Yoshioka – 224.75

2012 Formula Drift Seattle Qualifying [RESULTS]

The qualifying scores were delayed  because of a protest by Jeff Jones that he did not have 2 tires go offline. Jeff Jones won the protest, but it did not effect the qualifying score.

1. V. Gittin Jr

2. J. Pawlak
3. T. Yoshioka
4. P. Mordaunt
5. C. Forsberg
6. C. Grunewald
7. F. Aasbo
8. W. Wilkerson
9. M. Powers
10. R. Kado
11. D. McNamara
12. D. Yoshihara
13. M. Field
14. K. Gushi
15. R. Tuerck
16. M. Essa
17. O. Bakchis
18. R. Nishida
19. K. Moen
20. T. Aono
21. D. Mertzanis
22. D. Saito
23. A. Lee
24. K. Pollard
25. C. Denofa
26. P. Goodin
27. T. Brakohiapa
28. R. Millen
29. J. Castro
30. T. Angelo
31. J. Lowe
32. M. Ovcharik

 

7 Years of Seattle [RETROSPECTIVE]

Back in 2006, we ventured up to Seattle filming the Slide America DVD and witnessed one of the most dramatic crashes in Formula D to date when Seigo Yamamoto and Yokinobu Okubo collided mid-bank. Since then, Formula D has returned to Seattle 5 more times, and each year, we’ve learned to expect the unexpected. Seattle is one track that has had some of the most diverse podiums. We decided to look back at the last 6 years that Seattle has taken place as we prepared for our seventh trip to the track this weekend.

2006 Podium:
1st – Yokinobu Okubo – Signal Auto Nissan Skyline
2nd – Seigo Yamamoto – Falken Tire Toyota Chaser
3rd – Rhys Millen – Red Bull Pontiac GTO

2007 Podium:
1st – Dai Yoshihara – Rockstar Energy Nissan S15
2nd – Vaughn Gittin Jr – Falken Tire Ford Mustang
3rd – Kenji Yamanaka – JIC Magic Nissan S15

2008 Podium:
1st – Rhys Millen – Red Bull Pontiac Solstice
2nd – Sam Hubinette – Mopar Dodge Viper
3rd – Robbie Nishida – Hankook Tire Nissan 350Z

2009 Podium:
1st – Chris Forsberg – NOS Energy Drink Nissan 350Z
2nd – Eric O’Sullivan – Rockstar Hankook Tire Subaru STI
3rd – Tyler McQuarrie – Falken Tire Nissan 350Z

2010 Podium:
1st – Tanner Foust – Rockstar Energy Scion tC
2nd – Ryan Tuerck – Mobil 1 Gardella Racing Pontiac Solstice
3rd – Darren McNamara – Falken Tire Saturn Sky

2011 Podium:
1st – Dai Yoshihara – Discount Tire Falken S13
2nd – Chris Forsberg – NOS Energy Drink Nissan 370Z
3rd – Freddy Aasbo – Need for Speed Scion tC

Who is your pick for the 2012 podium?

1KIND Studio Goes All Or Nothing at Formula Drift Wall [VIDEO]

The new video from 1KIND is called “All or Nothing” which highlights drivers and industry professionals talking about how hard the sport of drifting really can be coming up. Patrick Mordaunt and Ryan Tuerck are a few Formula Drift drivers the 1KIND guys grabbed in this amazing Formula Drift video piece. Sit back and enjoy one of the best video productions we have seen in 2012 from the drifting media community.