Daijiro Yoshihara

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

How GoPro’s Will Change the Look of the 2013 Formula Drift Season

Let’s start off with the good news is that Formula Drift has banned all exterior mounted cameras for the Saturday of Formula Drift for the 2013 season with the obvious exception of Formula Drift TV. Hopefully any violators will have their cameras auctioned off to the fans at the lowest price.

Sadly the rules of camera usage get quite confusing past this no exterior cameras on Saturday rule. Here is a list of when you can use a camera, when you cannot use a camera, how, when, why, and only GoPro hours. Review this before packing over the weekend media people. Hope this clears things up as we provide a full breakdown below of actions allowed and not allowed starting this weekend in Long Beach.


Thursday Practice/Open Practice
Open to all Camera Types

Formula Drift Weekend in Pits/Paddock/Car Show
Open to all Camera Types

Friday Practice/Qualifying Inside and Outside of Vehicle
Formula Drift TV and Approved Media GoPro cameras only

Saturday Practice/Top 32/Main Event Inside of Vehicle
Formula Drift TV and Approved Media GoPro cameras only

Saturday Top 32/Main Event Outside of Vehicle
Formula Drift TV Only

2013 Formula Drift Official Drivers List for Streets of Long Beach

Here is the official list of drivers who are paid and ready to head out for Streets of Long Beach. You will notice an absense of Rhys Millen but an addition of an open wheel racing star. Please remember that the * denotes anyone who is eligible for rookie of the year in 2013.
Saito, Daigo
Gittin, Vaughn Jr.
Pawlak, Justin
Tuerck, Ryan
Aasbo, Fredric
Yoshihara, Daijiro
Gushi, Ken
Grunewald, Conrad
Powers, Matt
Forsberg, Chris
Essa, Mike
Nishida, Robbie
McQuarrie, Tyler
Yoshioka, Toshiki
Bakchis, Odi
Denofa, Chelsea
Wilkerson, Walker
Moen, Kenneth
Field, Matt
Kado, Ryan
Mohan, Kyle
Angelo, Tony
Maeng, Joon
McNamara, Darren
Mordaunt, Patrick
Aono, Taka
Mertzanis, Dennis
Ovcharik, Miroslav
Castro, Jhonnattan
George, Danny
Lee, Alex
Ward, Chris
Goodin, Patrick
Briggs, Dave
Hosford, Corey
Jones, Jeff
Cano Estrella, Carlos
Mendoza Jr., Enrique
Stone, Gabe
Thomas, Nick
Bostrom, Jason*
Graven, Otto
Hamilton, Nate*
Hateley, Andy
Hildebrand, J.R.*
Jacobs, Julian*
Jeanneret, Chris*
Kretschmer, Eugene*
Landerville, Marc*
Moore, Victor
Osaki, Karl*
Pakula, Luke*
Parsons, Will*
Primozich, Rob*
Steele, Josh*
Wang, Forrest
Wicknick, Brandon*
Kearney, Dean
Keezer, Kory*
Rydquist, Carl
Pollard, Mike

Wrecked Magazine is on Instagram as WreckedMag

Well since somebody made a fake Wrecked Magazine account on Instagram we figured we can take some time and make a real one. So if you spend some time on Instagram go ahead and give us a follow. We will be sharing photographs from our 100k image archive we have built up over the last decade in drifting worldwide!


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Formula Drift Partners with GoPro for the 2013 Season

The 2013 season brings in a huge new partner to the Formula Drift series with GoPro. We have a reason to believe they will be added to the Major Sponsors page of the FD website soon and appear with all the major sponsors on the front of the Long Beach flyer. We anticipate the GoPro craze to get even crazier with the official sponsorship.

A little flashback to Issue 16 of Wrecked Magazine when we had Patrick from GoPro tag along with us to film our Virtual vs. Reality piece with Vaughn Gittin Jr. at Willow Springs. We had a blast filming with the Shelby GT500 and you can watch how it all went down in this video: Virtual vs. Reality: Shelby GT500 with Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Long Beach Grand Prix “Super Drift” roster finalized

While some details on this $25k shootout were revealed back in December, the full drivers list and alternates was released today. Joining the original 11 candidates are Chris Forsberg, Toshiki Yoshioka, Ryan Tuerck, Kyle Mohan, Tony Angelo, Chelsea Denofa, and Ryan Kado. Missing from the original list is Justin Pawlak. Here’s the final list, as well as the alternates:

Driver /Hometown /Nationality

Forsberg, Chris / Doylestown, PA / American
Powers, Matt / Pacific Beach, CA / American
Bakchis, Odi / Kaunas, Lithuania / Lithuanian
Yoshioka, Toshiki / Hiroshima, Japan / Japanese
Grunewald, Conrad / Houston, TX / American
Essa, Michael / Los Angeles, CA / Indian/American
Saito, Daigo / Tokyo, Japan / Japanese
Nishida, Robbie / Tokyo, Japan / Japanese
Tuerck, Ryan / Derry, NH / American
McQuarrie, Tyler / Walnut Creek, CA / American
Yoshihara, Daijiro / Hachiouji Tokyo, Japan / Japanese
Aasbo, Fredric /Ski, Norway / Norwegian
Mohan, Kyle /Anaheim, CA / American
Angelo, Tony / Doylestown, PA / American
Denofa, Chelsea / Philadephia, PA / American
Kado, Ryan / Sacramento, CA / Japanese/American

Alternate Drivers:

Wilkerson, Walker / Snohomish, WA / Japanese
Jones, Jeff / San Fernando Valley, CA / American

Who is your favorite to take home the cash?

2013 Formula Drift Rulebook – Qualifying Point Criteria Adjustment

Another small change made to the 2013 rulebook is the elimination of whole numbers from style, line, and angle categories of drifting. This keeps the scoring system a little less complex moving into 2013. The speed is based from a median of practice speeds in the field during practice. Below is the official release and change notes for the rulebook.

Qualifying criterion points adjustment.
Style, line and angle criteria categories will now be judged using whole numbers. Speed will be the only category that uses 1/10 numbers and will based on a median speed of all the drivers field during practice.

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