Dean Kearney

Here’s Your Chance to Gain Some Experience in Formula DRIFT

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Bridges Racing and Dean Kearney are expanding and looking to fill various full and part-time positions. Any time there is a chance to get your foot in the door, it is extremely valuable, no matter what work you do. And it just so happens that a great opportunity is currently presenting itself in professional drifting for upcoming fabricators, admin, race support/prep crew, videographers, etc. looking to grow within the sport. Not only will you be working with a top level team, but you may also get to travel, work in various conditions, and build your network within the industry.

Some driver examples that have had similar experiences working on a Formula DRIFT team and learned from their experience within the sport are Rapper Dan Savage who crewed with Chelsea DeNofa before winning the 2014 PRO2 Championship, Jonathan Nerren who crewed with Vaughn Gittin JR before starting his own multi-car team competing in Formula DRIFT Canada, and Dylan Hughes who currently crews with Chris Forsberg and won the 2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series in his first full year of competition. I also know of countless others that are definitely on their way to make an impact in the sport in some form or another.

As for videographer examples, you have Mark Lenardon (late videographer for Motor Trend Magazine) who started filming with Drift Indy and Midwest Drift Union, moved on to film for Club Loose and Bloodmasters, traveled with numerous drivers in Formula DRIFT such as Tony Angelo and Geoff Stoneback, and then went on to create content and film for productions such as Hot Rod Garage and Road Kill. Sam Nalven (1/3 of Maximum Driftcast) paid his own way to attend and cover Formula DRIFT events when he started producing his “Drift Chronicles” before he worked on “Tuerck’d“, “Drift Garage“, “Off Track” and more recently with “Vaughn Gittin JR“, “Snap-On”, and “Donut Media“.

If you’re still interested and think you have the drive for it, interviews will be held this Saturday morning at the Race Shop in Huntington Beach, CA for local people and those not lucky enough to live in sunny SoCal can schedule a Skype interview. Information about drivers, team, work shop, and schedule for 2017 will be disclosed to selected applicants only. CV’s/Resume sent to info@bridgesracing.com

2016 Formula Drift Irwindale Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Dai Yoshihara laid down an amazing first qualifying run in his car scoring an 89 and backing it up with a 86 for his second pass on the day. The championship chase basically eliminated Odi Bakchis with the other three qualifying for championship news. Chelsea DeNofa stops drifting inches before the finish line giving him a zero and really adding to the end of a terrible season after his Long Beach victory. Here is how they finished:

1. Dai Yoshihara 89
2. Ryan Tuerck 88
3. Forrest Wang 86
4. Chris Forsberg 85
5. Justin Pawlak 84
6. Matt Field 83 (83)
7. Tyler McQuarrie 83 (81)
8. Michael Essa 82 (80)
9. Matt Coffman 82 (80)
10. Charles Ng 81 (76)
11. Fredric Aasbo 81 (76)
12. Alex Heilbrunn 80 (73)
13. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 80 (72)
14. Odi Bakchis 79 (78)
15. Ken Gushi 79 (70)
16. Geoff Stoneback 78
17. Robbie Nishida 77
18. Mad Mike Whiddett 75
19. Pat Goodin 73
20. Pat Mordaunt 73
21. Kyle Mohan 72
22. Dean Kearney 70
23. J Castro 69
24. Juha Rintanen 65
25. Kristaps Bluss 64
26. Cameron Moore 63 (50)
27. Kenneth Moen 63 (0)
28. Alec Hohnadell 61
29. Faruk Kugay 42
30. Jeff Jones 0
31. Chelsea DeNofa 0

RIGHT BRACKET
Dai Yoshihara vs. BYE RUN
Geoff Stoneback vs. Robbie Nishida
Michael Essa vs. Kristaps Bluss
Matt Coffman vs. Juha Rintanen
Chris Forsberg vs. Faruk Kugay
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Pat Mordaunt
Justin Pawlak vs. Alec Hohnadell
Alex Heilbrunn vs. Kyle Mohan

LEFT BRACKET
Ryan Tuerck vs. BYE RUN
Ken Gushi vs. Mad Mike Whiddett
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Cameron Moore
Charles Ng vs. J Castro
Forrest Wang vs. BYE
Odi Bakchis vs. Pat Goodin
Matt Field vs. Kenneth Moen
Fredric Aasbo vs. Dean Kearney

Gas Monkey Energy Drink Sponsors Dean Kearney for Texas

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Dean Kearney and Bridges Racing announced a new co-title partnership with Gas Monkey Energy Drink for the Texas round of Formula Drift, taking place this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The Gas Monkey brand has grown rapidly in the past few years behind the popularity of the TV Show “Fast n Loud”, and the brand has gotten more involved with racing over the past few years. Gas Monkey also has worked on several high profile Dodge / Mopar builds, which goes hand-in-hand with the lone Dodge Viper on the Formula Drift grid.

The partnership will expand the number of energy drinks involved with Formula Drift drivers up to five as Gas Monkey Energy joins Monster Energy, Rockstar Energy, Red Bull, and NOS Energy Drink as title or co-title sponsors on the current Formula Drift grid. The newly-revealed livery looks fantastic!

10 Things I Learned at Formula Drift Seattle Round 6

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10. Fredric Aasbo Falls for a 6-1 Record
It almost seems like beating Fredric Aasbo this year is worthy of a trophy itself. Odi Bakchis all time before this weekend was 0-6 against Fredirc Aasbo. In fact, his most recent loss was last round at Formula Drift Montreal so surely that was fresh on his mind before they met this past weekend. These two drivers faced off against each other in the Great 8 and Odi Bakchis finally got his first career victory over Fredric Aasbo on the seventh attempt. The first time the two met was actually at Evergreen Speedway in 2013. Odi took that victory and momentum of beating Aasbo all the way to his second career victory.

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9. Make Up Your Mind Already Judges
The judges played it way too safe this weekend when it came to making tough calls. Instead of really thinking about a run we got the OMT show. I found myself chanting No More Time towards the end of this event. We had around 10 OMT battles which means 33% of battles got a One More Time call. Sorry guys, the margins are just not that razor thin in this sport. Two battles that didn’t deserve an OMT call off the top of my head if you want a talking point are (Tyler McQuarrie vs. Ken Gushi in Great 8) and (Jhonnattan Castro vs. Tanner Foust Top 16)

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8. Vaughn Gittin Jr. Beat Dean Kearney in My Eyes
My other “shot” at the judges comes in the form of the Dean Kearney vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. battle in the Top 16. I was doing a battle by battle recap for Driving Line this weekend and all of my notes favored Vaughn Gittin in this tandem run. I just felt like the overall impact of Vaughn Gittin’s follow run had to carry more weight than just focusing on outer zone one. If OZ1 is so important, why did they bother drifting the rest of the track? This was my big head scratcher of the event and sadly my #JUSTICE4VAUGHN hashtag got no traction. This call really hurt him in his championship chase to make the decision even worse in the big picture of things.

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2016 Formula Drift Round 6 in Seattle Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Wow, Vaughn Gittin Jr. stole first place with the last run of the day. Patrick Mordaunt crashed in practice and was unable to make it to the line and as a result finished 33rd and is out of the show. Ryan Tuerck had to call a competition timeout to make his run but ended up with a last minute 88 on his second pass to sit him in 11th. Odi Bakchis held first place for almost all of qualifying to have it snatched away based on a tie-breaker. Here is how it finished:

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 91
2. Odi Bakchis 91
3. Tyler McQuarrie 90
4. Mike Essa 90
5. Chris Forsberg 89
6. Ken Gushi 89
7. Fredric Aasbo 89
8. Matt Coffman 89
9. Mad Mike Whiddett 89
10. Matt Field 88
11. Ryan Tuerck 88
12. Dai Yoshihara 87
13. Tanner Foust 85
14. Kenneth Moen 84
15. Forrest Wang 84
16. Kristaps Bluss 83
17. Dean Kearney 82
18. Geoff Stoneback 82
19. Charles Ng 81
20. Justin Pawlak 81
21. Alex Heilbrunn 81
22. Robbie Nishida 79
23. Juha Rintanen 78
24. Alec Hohnadell 77
25. Andrew Gray 77
26. Kyle Mohan 74
27. Jeff Jones 73
28. Cameron Moore 72
29. Jhonnathan Castro 72
30. Pat Goodin 71
31. Chelsea DeNofa 69
32.Faruk Kugay 68

Left Tandem Bracket
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Faruk Kugay
Kristaps Bluss vs. Dean Kearney

Matt Coffman vs. Andrew Gray
Mad Mike Whiddett vs. Alec Hohnadell

Mike Essa vs. Jhonnathan Castro
Tanner Foust vs. Justin Pawlak

Chris Forsberg vs. Cameron Moore
Dai Yoshihara vs. Alex Heilbrunn

Right Tandem Bracket
Odi Bakchis vs. Chelsea DeNofa
Forrest Wang vs. Geoff Stoneback

Fredric Aasbo vs. Kyle Mohan
Matt Field vs. Juha Rintanen

Tyler McQuarrie vs. Pat Goodin
Kenneth Moen vs. Charles Ng

Ken Gushi vs. Jeff Jones
Ryan Tuerck vs. Robbie Nishida

2016 Formula Drift Round 4 New Jersey Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Here is the qualifying results from a gorgeous day in New Jersey. Only 30 drivers managed to get points this weekend leaving two bye runs for the top qualifiers into the Top 32. Dai Yoshihara looked insane during qualifying with two 93 point runs to lock in first place on Odi Bakchis on a style score tie breaker.

1. Dai Yoshihara 93
2. Odi Bakchis 93
3. Chelsea DeNofa 92
4. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 91
5. Fredric Aasbo 90
6. Ryan Tuerck 89
7. Chris Forsberg 88
8. Robbie Nishida 87
9. Alex Heilbrunn 84
10. Tyler McQuarrie 84
11. Ken Gushi 82
12. Justin Pawlak 82
13. Krisptas Bluss 81
14. Matt Field 80
15. Michael Essa 78
16. Alec Hohnadell 78
17. Dean Kearney 77
18. Jhonnathan Castro 76
19. Charles Ng 75
20. Andy Gray 75
21. Kyle Mohan 75
22. Juna Rintanen 75
23. Forrest Wang 74
24. Geoff Stoneback 74
25. Matt Coffman 73
26. Jeff Jones 72
27. Pat Goodin 72
28. Pat Mordaunt 64
29. Cameron Moore 55
30. Faruk Kugay 54
31. Mad Mike Whiddett Did Not Run
32. Kenneth Moen Did Not Run

Tandem Bracket Left
Dai Yoshihara vs. BYE
Alec Hohnadell vs. Dean Kearney
Robbie Nishida vs. Matt Coffman
Alex Heilbrunn vs. Geoff Stoneback
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Cameron Moore
Kristaps Bluss vs. Andrew Gray
Fredric Aasbo vs. Pat Mordaunt
Justin Pawlak vs. Kyle Mohan

Tandem Bracket Right
Odi Bakchis vs. BYE
Michael Essa vs. Jhonnathan Castro
Chris Forsberg vs. Jeff Jones
Tyler McQaurrie vs. Forrest Wang
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Faruk Kugay
Matt Field vs. Charles Ng
Ryan Tuerck vs. Pat Goodin
Ken Gushi vs. Juha Rintanen

Formula Drift Releases Driver List for SEMA Ignited Demo

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In case you haven’t got a Formula Drift fix in for the 2015 season you can see some pro FD drivers in the Las Veags Convention Center Gold Lot on Friday after SEMA. From what I understand, with a SEMA badge you can walk in free to the show. Military + Student ID is free but you must present at entry. If you cannot get in free with any of these options the promo code FORMULAD50  will give you 50% off and make the ticket $10. Here are the drivers in attendance –
Dai Yoshihara
Odi Bakchis
Mike Whiddett
Mike Essa
Alex Heilbrunn
Robbie Nishida
Daigo Saito
Dean Kearney

2015 Formula Drift Awards – Comeback of the Year – Dean Kearney

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Dean Kearney made the biggest comeback of the 2015 Formula Drift season with his wild performance in New Jersey. The comeback of the year is based on a driver qualifying at a terrible rank and then finishing the highest in the event. Basically, you are calculating the positions between your qualifying score and finishing result. Dean Kearney won with a score of 19 place improvement at Wall Speedway. He finished the event in 2nd but managed to only qualify 21st. Congrats to him for winning this Formula Drift Award in 2015.

2015 Formula Drift Championship [RESULTS]

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The 2015 championship is a wrap! Fredric Aasbo followed up his second place finish last year with a championship in 2015. Ken Gushi was right on his heels the whole way in what wound up a Scion dominated season. The Scion brand finished 1,2, and 4 during this Formula Drift season which is unparalleled by any OEM in this sports history. Chris Forsberg took his Nissan 370z with a respectable 3rd place season finish to follow up with his 14 championship run. Here is how the Top 20 finished up for 2015 –

1. Fredric Aasbo – 530
2. Ken Gushi – 431
3. Chris Forsberg – 382
4. Ryan Tuerck – 367
5. Odi Bakchis – 363
6. Masashi Yokoi – 324
7. Justin Pawlak – 287
8. Forrest Wang – 285
9. Matt Field – 282
10. Alec Hohnadell – 272
11. Kenneth Moen – 247
12. Daigo Saito – 238
13. Vaughn Gittin Jr – 226
14. Dean Kearney – 220
15. Chelsea DeNofa – 212
15. Tyler McQuarrie – 212
17. Pat Mordaunt – 211
18. Pat Goodin – 207
19. Mad Mike Whiddett – 192
20. Charles Ng – 191

2015 Formula Drift Canada World Championship Round 8 Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Fredric Aasbo continues to extend his lead in the Formula Drift World Championship, taking the top qualifying spot at Autodrome Saint-Eustache. Canadian Jeff Laflamme held it down for the Canadian contingent, out-qualifying the rest of the pack in second with fellow Canadian Pat Cyr in third and Matt Field marking the highest qualified American at fourth. Unfortunately, fan favorite Daigo Saito did not make the trip and looks to be in Japan right now showing off his Lamborghini instead.

Here’s a look at the qualifying results as well as the tandem brackets:

1. Fredric Aasbo
2. Jeff Laflamme
3. Pat Cyr
4. Matt Field
5. Odi Bakchis
6. Robbie Nishida
7. Marc Landreville
8. Charles Ng
9. Mats Baribeau
10. Simon Shaffner
11. Tommy Bellemare
12. Forrest Wang
13. Jonathan Guitard
14. Dean Kearney
15. Miro Ovcharik
16. Alex Grosselin
17. Youri Levesque
18. Alec Hohnadell
19. Kevin Morin
20. Danny Bernier
21. Andy Gray
22. Jonathan Thiffault
23. Bob Patinka
24. Francis Doyan
25. Francis Tasse
26. Stephen Van Sleuwan
27. Alex Blanchette
28. Marc-Antoine Demers
29. Martin Langlois
30. Riley Sexsmith
31. Eric Belanger
32. Patrick Gauthier

Left Bracket:
Fredric Aasbo vs. Patrick Gauthier
Alex Grosselin vs. Youri Levesque
Charles Ng vs. Francis Tasse
Mats Baribeau vs. Francis Doyan
Matt Field vs. Martin Langlois
Jonathan Guitard vs. Danny Bernier
Odi Bakchis vs. Marc-Antoine Demers
Forrest Wang vs. Andy Gray

Right Bracket:
Jeff Laflamme vs. Eric Belanger
Miro Ovcharik vs. Alec Hohnadell
Marc Landreville vs. Stephen Van Sleuwan
Simon Shaffner vs. Bob Patinka
Pat Cyr vs. Riley Sexsmith
Dean Kearney vs. Kevin Morin
Robbie Nishida vs. Alex Blanchette
Tommy Bellemare vs. Jonathan Thiffault