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10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Seattle

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10. This Battle Was Worth the Price of Admission

Watching DeNofa and Vaughn Gittin put on a wild show in the Mustang’s made my event. The battle was clean, straight up, and was insanely close car to car contact. My biggest disappointment of this battle is that the judges didn’t call OMT. If you want to create a new drift fan just sit them down and have them watch this battle. I hope they meet again before this season is over. If you ever wanted an argument to make Formula Drift a spec series this would be exhibit A in your evidence folder.

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9. Castro Has It Still in this 86
The progress of J Castro has been one of the most fun things to watch in Formula Drift over the last several seasons. His victory against Deane is still one of my favorite battles of this year. His defeat against Aasbo was a close one and without the contact he could of pushed his teammate to a OMT or loss in that battle in my opinion. If he can dial back that aggressive tandem just a bit and avoid contact he is top 5 driver with his form.

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8. Matt Coffman!!!!!
He is just a driver who quietly grows and learns more and more as time passes in Formula Drift. His battle against Kristaps Bluss had one of the best lead runs of the night. He is just like Castro and just needs that little extra sauce to really be competitive in Formula Drift at a high level. If Dai Yoshihara wasn’t so in the zone at Seattle he could of found his way to the podium at Evergreen Speedway.
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2017 Southwest Drift ProAm Round 2 – Pikes Peak Raceway [RESULTS]

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The Southwest Drift series ventured to Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado for Round 2 of their Formula D Pro Am series. The Vegas Drift crew runs the Southwest Drift ProAm, and has done a good job of giving up and coming drivers a variety of courses and some regional travel to get them better prepped for the Pro 2 level. This round was judged by Ernie Fixmer, Joe Tardiff, and Danny George. There were some weather challenges, but the entire competition was finished before any major issues.

Here are the results from Southwest Drift Round 2:

1st: Raz Naor
2nd: Steve Mass
3rd: Andrew Schulte

2017 Southwest Drift ProAm Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Southwest Drift held their first round of ProAm competition over the weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, utilizing the Outside Road Course (ORC) to give drivers a unique track to showcase their drifting skills. The judges tower featured a star-studded lineup of judges including Forrest Wang, Alec Hohnadell, Joe Tardiff, Danny George, and George Kiriakopoulos. Vegas Drift, which operates the Southwest Drift series, has produced several Formula D drivers including Wang, George, and Odi Bakchis in the past. The next round of the Southwest Drift ProAm will take place over Memorial Day weekend at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado.

Here are the final results from Southwest Drift Round 1:

1st: Raz Naor
2nd: Nick Gross
3rd: Austin Kregle

Photo: Hans Marquez via Vegas Drift

Street Driven Tour Invades Las Vegas [VIDEO]

Here is the official event video from Street Driven Tour Las Vegas. It featured one of the strongest drivers lists of the season and some of the best tandem trains of the year at Street Driven by far. Sit back and watch the Street Driven Tour X StanceWars Las Vegas event wrapped up in one great video. Chris Forsberg even brought out the old K-Sport Nissan 350z with a new flat black look and Voodoo 13 sponsorship.

Peak Fury – Danny George’s Trip Up Pikes Peak [VIDEO]

Sit back and watch as Danny George gets beaten up and attacked by Sasquatch in a Nissan 240sx on the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb 2014.

2014 Formula Drift Championship [RESULTS]

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All seven rounds of Formula Drift are in the books for 2014. Chris Forsberg ends up the 2014 champion but a margin of just 11 points which came down to the very last tandem battle of 2014. Daigo Saito finally had a motor hold together and was able to make a huge jump in the championship points as well. All Top 32 drivers are given a Pro license for next year while 33 and beyond are relegated into Pro 2. Here is how they finished:

1. Chris Forsberg
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
4. Odi Bakchis
5. Forrest Wang
6. Kenneth Moen
7. Darren McNamara
8. Dean Kearney
9. Justin Pawlak
10. Conrad Grunewald
11. Robbie Nishida
12. Ryan Tuerck
13. Ken Gushi
14. Daigo Saito
15. Matt Field
16. Michael Essa
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Formula Drift – A Look at Chevrolet V8 Engines in the Paddock Part 2 [VIDEO]


We take a detailed look at the variety of Chevrolet V8 engines in the Formula Drift series. The guys at SDparts.com really wanted us to highlight the variety of setups in the series so we walked around the paddock and did some quick interviews. In this segment of Chevy V8 engines we check out Danny George and his LS3 powered Mazda Miata. Then pay a visit to Joon Maeng with his Vortech Supercharged LS7 engine. To finish off the episode we grabbed Matt Field with this unique LQ9 engine setup which is also running a Vortech Supercharger to make big power. Check them out!

How the Drifters Stacked Up at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

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As we mentioned in our introduction post three drifting drivers hit the hill to compete in the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. Out of 130 competitors they fared pretty well with one even getting on the podium for his class.  Here is how they finished:

17th- (3rd in Class – Time Attack) Ken Gushi – 10:33.188
19th- (4th in Class – Time Attack) Toshiki Yoshioka – 10:34.564
123rd- (9th in Class – Pikes Open) Danny George – DNF

Pikes Peak 2014 – Drift Edition

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Another summer has arrived and more drifters are set to tackle the big mountain this week! So this weekend is Drift Week in Colorado where at Pikes Peak International Raceway drivers will get $10k in prizes (Matt Field won last year). The big show is happening just up the mountain for the world’s most famous HillClimb weekend. Here is who we have found attending related to drift. Keep an eye out for these guys on the Pikes Peak Livestream! Former Formula Drift driver Tony Brakohiapa was on the list but won’t be in attendance due to vehicle issues with his Ford Mustang.

Danny George – Formula Drift Mazda Miata
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Ken Gushi – Greddy Scion FR-S
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Toshiki Yoshioka – GTNet Subaru BRZ
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World Cup Starting XI if Drifting was a Nation

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So this post is clearly a parody to have some fun with the World Cup in Brazil going on right now. I picked the closest 11 drifting related doppelgängers that are playing in the World Cup. I ended up being able to build a team in a 4-4-2 formation which happens to be my favorite of them all! Here is our doppleganger World Cup XI with some past and present stars of Formula Drift. The team starts from goalie and goes forward to our strikers:
Stephan Papadakis – Formula Drift Team Owner (Pepe Reina / Spain) Club Team: Napoli
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Odi Bakchis – Formula Drift Driver as (Per Mertesacker / Germany) Club Team: Arsenal FC 
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Dean Kearney – Formula Drift Driver as (Gary Cahill / England) Club Team: Chelsea FC 
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