Darren McNamara

2011 Formula Drift Championship Standings After Round 3 at PBIR [STANDINGS]

Justin Pawlak now has a demanding lead in the championship race as we pack up and head north to New Jersey in 14 days. He has a 36 point lead on his ASD teammate Darren McNamara. Daijiro Yoshihara took a huge hit in the standings and is now barely holding on to 3rd place. Here is how the Top 20 stand.

1. Justin Pawlak – 272 points
2. Darren McNamara – 236 points
3. Dai Yoshihara – 220 points
4. Chris Forsberg – 215 points
5. Matt Powers – 212.25 points
6. Ryan Tuerck – 182 points
7. Tyler McQuarrie – 179 points
8. Conrad Grunewald – 166 points
9. Toshiki Yoshioka – 159.25 points
10. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 157 points
11. Kyle Mohan – 149.50 points
12. Fredric Aasbo – 144.50 points
13. Walker Wilkerson – 135.75 points
14. Matt Waldin – 130 points
15. Rhys Millen – 130 points
16. John Russakoff – 119.50 points
17. Ken Gushi – 108.50 points
18. Ross Petty – 104 points
19. Taka Aono – 103.50 points
20. Charles Ng – 103.25 points

Justin Pawlak is Now the 2011 Formula Drift Championship Points Leader

Daijiro Yoshihara lost to Kyle Mohan in the Top 32 finishing his weekend at 222 points in the championship running. Justin Pawlak had an easy battle against Luke Lonberger and after moving into the Top 16 and qualifying 3rd he now has 62 points from this PBIR weekend. Darren McNamara qualified second and moved into the Top 16 giving him 64 points already today. Here is how the championship looks right now:

Formula D Standings After Top 32
1. Justin Pawlak – 234 points
2. Dai Yoshihara – 222 points (Eliminated. Will Not Gain More Points)
3. Darren McNamara – 222 points

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We are updating from PBIR all day today over at our twitter account if you must know what is going on instantly. If you can wait we will have our pit notes up soon compiling all the information from our track reporters. We have speeds, judging decisions, and who is moving on to the next round. We take note of Fantasy Drift scoring points from wrecks and vehicle malfunctions as well.

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ASD Motorsports at Road Atlanta by Zak Kerbelis [VIDEO]

ASD Motorsports at Road Atlanta by Zak Kerbelis

Check out this awesome video produced by Zak Kerbelis featuring the ASD Motorsports team. Justin Pawlak, Tyler McQuarrie, Darren McNamara, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. all have cars built by the ASD Motorsports team in Charlotte, North Carolina. This six minute video will get you pumped if your a fan of any of those drivers.

Watch the video: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/watchvideo/asd-motorsports-at-road-atlanta-by-zak-kerbel

2011 Formula Drift Round 3 at Palm Beach [DRIVERS LIST]

We just posted about the Palm Beach International Raceway track layout and now we have our hands on the drivers list for this event in Florida. Here is who is currently signed up for the event:
1. Fredric Aasbo
2. Taka Aono
3. Odi Bakchis
4. Tony Brakohiapa
5. Pat Cyr
6. Michael Essa
7. Mike Feiock
8. Matt Field
9. Chris Forsberg
10. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
11. Otto Graven
12. Conrad Grunewald
13. Ken Gushi
14. Jim Guthrie
15. Zoltan Hadju
16. Brad Hettinger
17. Sam Hubinette
18. Jeff Jones
19. Ryan Kado
20. Dean Kearney
21. Luke Lonberger
22. Joon Maeng
23. Darren McNamara
24. Tyler McQuarrie
25. Dennis Mertzanis
26. Rhys Millen
27. Kyle Mohan
28. Patrick Mordaunt
29. Charles Ng
30. Eric O’Sullivan
31. Justin Pawlak
32. Ross Petty
33. Alex Pfeiffer
34. Matt Powers
35. John Russakoff
36. Mike Skudlarek
37. Ryan Tuerck
38. Matt Waldin
39. Walker Wilkerson
40. Daijiro Yoshihara
41. Toshiki Yoshioka

Matt Powers Goes Door Smashing at Road Atlanta [VIDEO]

Matt Powers Smashing into Darren McNamara – Road Atlanta Top 16

Check out the Need for Speed S14 driven by Matt Powers as he takes off down the hill following Darren McNamara for the Top 16 tandem battle. Matt Powers gets overzealous and smashes Darren’s door and rear quarter panel in the process. Darren McNamara advanced into the Top 8 but the NFS driver Matt Powers went out while giving us a show and we respect him for that!

Watch the video: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/watchvideo/matt-powers-smashing-into-darren-mcnamara—r

We Shed Some Facts on the “Judging Conspiracies” People Make Up

Lately (this season) I feel like every time I talk to a team/driver/friend/fan they are talking about judging. Anyone who gets a close call just calls “foul” or fans get angry and “boo” and cook up conspiracies over some cheep beer. During Road Atlanta I logged every judging call Tony Angelo made and analyzed it. I figured this was more work than any conspiracy theorist had done about this “outrage.”

The funny story about reviewing Tony Angelo’s judging calls is that he never found favor with the Drift Alliance members that he is always accused of boosting/helping by others. The Top 32 battle against Odi and Vaughn is the closest thing you could even find from the whole day. Andy Yen and Tony Angelo called for Vaughn Gittin Jr. to take the win while the new judge Ryan went OMT. Even if Tony made a different call and went Odi/OMT he would not of been able to advance Vaughn Gittin Jr. but force a OMT between the two drivers. His call was also backed by the most veteran judge of the three guys on the stand.

One run to take note from was the Dennis Mertzanis Vs. Justin Pawlak battle that took place early in the main event. I felt like Dennis drove his way to a OMT and the crowd sure did as well. Once the official call came out that Justin Pawlak was moving on… the crowd roared into a frenzy of booing. Tony Angelo went against Justin Pawlak and flat out picked Dennis Mertzanis to move on. He didn’t soft up his call with a OMT but flat out went against Justin Pawlak. The other two drivers advanced Justin into the next round of the event. If any of them went OMT or picked Dennis the whole story would be a different one.

The same case happened later with Chris Fosrberg taking on Eric O’Sullivan in the Top 16. Tony Angelo picked Eric O’Sullivan flat out while Andy Yen went with Chris Forsberg and Ryan took the middle ground with a OMT. This ruling resulted in a One More Time call and a second run with this tandem pair. On the OMT all the judges voted for Chris Forsberg.

The only other call that wasn’t 100% unanimous from all judges was the Tyler McQuarrie Vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. tandem run where Tony Angelo made a call for Tyler McQuarrie to advance into the Top 8. Instead, the other two judges favored Vaughn Gittin Jr. and let him advance on.

Here is all of the Drift Alliance related judging calls Tony Angelo Made Against Other Judges:
Cryus Martinez Vs. Chris Forsberg (Tony – Forsberg Andy- Forsberg Ryan- Forsberg)
Odi Bachkis Vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Tony- Vaughn Andy – Vaughn Ryan- OMT)
Dennis Mertzanis Vs. Justin Pawlak (Tony- Dennis Andy – JTP Ryan- JTP)
Eric O’Sullivan Vs. Chris Forsberg (Tony- EOS Andy – Forsberg Ryan- OMT)
Eric O’Sullivan Vs. Chris Forsberg – The OMT (Tony- Forsberg Andy – Forsberg Ryan- Forsberg)
Tyler McQuarrie Vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Tony- OMT Andy – Vaughn Ryan- Vaughn)
Justin Pawlak Vs. Ryan Tuerck (Tony- JTP Andy – JTP Ryan- JTP)
Chris Forsberg Vs. John Russakoff (Tony- JR Andy – JR Ryan- JR)
Daijiro Yoshihara Vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Tony- Dai Andy – Dai Ryan- Dai)
Darren McNamara Vs. Justin Pawlak (Tony- DMac Andy – DMac Ryan- DMac)

2011 Formula Drift Road Atlanta [TRACK NOTES]

I did my best over the weekend to collect data/notes on the weekends event to help assist people in Fantasy Drift or just fill the minds of curious readers. I would love some feedback on this and if it is something people would like to see in the future.

Recorded Entry Speeds
Daijiro Yoshihara – 96.8mph (Final)
Daijiro Yoshihara – 96mph (Top 4)
Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 95.9mph (Top 16)
Fredric Aasbo – 94mph (Top 16)
Chris Forsberg – 92mph (Top 16)
Eric O’Sullivan – 91mph (Top 16)
Toshiki Yoshioka – 90mph (Top 16)
Walker Wilkerson – 89.4mph (Top 16)
Kenneth Moen – 89mph (Top 32)
Justin Pawlak – 86mph (Top 16)
John Russakoff – 84mph (Top 4)

Battle Breakdowns
Daijiro Yoshiara Vs. Jeff Jones
Daijiro Yoshihara Vs. Fredric Aasbo
Daijiro Yoshihara Vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
Daijiro Yoshihara Vs. John Russakoff
Daijiro Yoshihara Vs. Darren McNamara
Darren McNamara Vs. Mike Feiock
Darren McNamara Vs. Matt Powers
Darren McNamara Vs. Justin Pawlak
Darren McNamara Vs. Toshiki Yoshioka
Toshiki Yoshioka Vs. Ross Petty
Toshiki Yoshioka Vs. Walker Wilkerson
Toshiki Yoshioka Vs. Patrick Mordaunt
Toshiki Yoshioka Vs. John Russakoff (3rd Place/OMT)
John Russakoff Vs. Conrad Grunewald
John Russakoff Vs. Matt Waldin
John Russakoff Vs. Chris Forsberg
Matt Waldin Vs. Kenneth Moen (OMT x2)
Chris Forsberg Vs. Cyrus Martinez
Chris Forsberg Vs. Eric O’Sullivan (OMT)
Eric O’Sullivan Vs. Kyle Mohan
Vaughn Gittin Jr. Vs. Odi Bakchis
Vaughn Gittin Jr. Vs. Tyler McQuarrie
Tyler McQuarrie Vs. Dean Kearney
Fredirc Aasbo Vs. Pat Cyr
Patrick Mordaunt Vs. Ken Gushi
Patrick Mordaunt Vs. Michael Essa
Ken Gushi Vs. Charles Ng

Battle Damage
Justin Pawlak – Rear End Damage from Solo Crash (Practice)
Eric O’Sullivan – Rear End Damage from Solo Crash (Practice) / Side Damage from Mohan Contact (Top 32)
Ryan Kado – Wheel/suspension damage from contact with Charles Ng (Practice)
Dean Kearney – Broken Control Arm (Practice) / Steering Rack Issues (Practice)
Matt Powers – Front Passenger Side Suspension Damage (Qualifying)
Kyle Mohan – Hit in Door by Eric O’Sullivan (Top 32)
Darren McNamara – Passenger Side Door Damage from Matt Powers (Top 16)

Mechanical Issues
Darren McNamara – Engine Sensor Issues (Practice)
Sam Hubinette – Header Crack (Practice) / Engine Cutting Out (Qualifying)
Rhys Millen – Engine Problems – Noted as Electrical (Practice)
Ross Petty – Blown Engine (Qualifying Run 2)
Ken Gushi – Wastegate Manifold Crack (Practice) / Broken Differential (Top 16)
Kyle Mohan – Coolant Line Burst (Top 32)
Taka Aono – Failed to line up for Top 32 battle against Ryan Tuerck
Patrick Mordaunt – Engine Fire (Top 16)

2011 Formula Drift at Road Atlanta – Main Event [GALLERY]

Formula Drift Round 2 wrapped things up today at Road Atlanta, with Dai Yoshihara taking home the top podium spot, with Darren McNamara placing second and Toshiki Yoshioka in third. Road Atlanta seemed to bring quite a bit of bad luck to a handful of teams, as many were plagued with vehicle malfunctions ranging from broken transmissions, to blown engines, to all-out fires. All great for Fantasy Drift points, but unfortunate for the teams. Chris Sullivan was on hand to capture all the carnage with another extensive 400+ image gallery of this spectacular event.

Check it out here: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=228

2011 Formula Drift Road Atlanta Championship [STANDINGS]

Here is how the Top 25 are sitting in the chase for the championship. Anything can still happen but quite a gap is developing from the top drivers already in the race. Daijiro Yoshihara holds the lead currently in the 2011 season championship race and is now in first place for the Tires.com Triple Crown.

1. Daijiro Yoshihara – 194 points
2. Justin Pawlak – 164 points
3. Matt Powers – 151 points
4. Darren McNamara – 148 points
5. Chris Forsberg – 134 points
6. Ryan Tuerck – 127 points
7. Fredric Aasbo – 116.5 points
8. Tyler McQuarrie – 115 points
9. Walker Wilkerson – 111.25 points
10. Matt Waldin – 110 points
11. Toshiki Yoshioka – 103.25 points
12. Conrad Grunewald – 102 points
13. John Russakoff – 95.25 points
14. Kyle Mohan – 95 points
15. Patrick Mordaunt – 85.75 points
16. Ken Gushi – 82.50 points
17. Matt Field – 80.25 points
18. Ross Petty – 79.50 points
19. Dennis Mertzanis – 79 points
20. Rhys Millen – 65 points
21. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 63 points
22. Joon Maeng – 56.50 points
23. Eric O’Sullivan – 54.50 points
24. Michael Essa – 50.50 points
25. Odi Bakchis – 48.75 points