Eric O’Sullivan

Club Loose expands to Ireland [GRASSROOTS]


Over the weekend, we noticed a new fan page had been setup for Club Loose Ireland. After some digging around, it looks like this is a confirmed situation. 2009 Formula D Rookie-of-the-year Eric O’Sullivan has recently returned back to his native country (rumored with a Solstice in tow), and will be extending the grassroots organization to a new continent. Club Loose is one of the most famed grassroots organizations in the drifting community, and boasts alumni like Steve Angerman, Mats Baribeau, and Geoff Stoneback, all of which have clearly left their impact on competitive drifting events. O’Sullivan cited a lack of events in Ireland where drivers can get seat time and drive with their friends without the pressures of a competition, and hopes to offer the same sort of fun environment that Club Loose is known for.

The first event has tentatively been scheduled for May, with more details coming as they get confirmed.

For those unfamiliar with Club Loose, here’s a video profile of the group that was done by the people over at AutoBlog:

Irish Drift Championships – Round 3 – Colin The Cone [VIDEO]

Peden Nielsen takes us around the Mondello Motorsports Park over last weekend’s Irish Drift Championships round 3. The event featured a full roster of drivers from around the world including Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, Dean Kearney, Darren McNamara, Matt Powers, and Phil Morrison. Eric O’Sullivan even stopped by for an appearance, but ColinTheCone is the real star of the show, as you’ll see in the video.

Chris Forsberg POV from Club Loose Missile Train [VIDEO]

Chris Forsberg had fun over the past weekend at Englishtown running in group tandem battles with other missiles and New Jersey locals at the most recent Clubloose drift weekend. His helmet camera shows Chris changing tires, hitting the track in his S13, and running tandem with drivers such as Eric O’Sullivan (yellow Pontiac Solstice) on the Englishtown Raceway course.


2013 USDrift Round 1 at Englishtown [GALLERY]

Check out all the action coming down from USDrift’s big return to Pro Am drifting. Englishtown was invaded by memorable talented drivers who took on the weather and opponents to rank during the drift weekend. I made a results post for USDrift Round 1 which can be seen here or you can enjoy our huge gallery of images showing everyone who drove over the weekend. Remember that every single print is available for sale in various print sizes.

Check out the Gallery:

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 .

Check out the full gallery :


Eric O’Sullivan returns to the Driftstream

Our sources have told us that Eric O’Sullivan will be jumping on the driftstream over the weekend. He will be joining Jacob Leveton for commentary during the late top 32 practice on Friday as well as during most of the tandem rounds on Saturday. Eric’s insight in NJ was very enjoyable to watch, and we can’t wait to hear their commentary. Eric earned 2nd place in Seattle back in 2009, so he should have some tips on how to do well at this track. Qualifying will still be narrated by Jarod Deanda, the voice of Formula D.

Here’s the schedule of action for the weekend. All times are Pacific time (GMT -8)
1:00pm — 2:00pmFD: Open Practice – Session 1
2:00pm — 3:00pmFD: Open Practice – Session 2
3:00pm — 5:30pmFD: Qualifying
6:00pm — 7:00pmPro/Am: – Qualifying
7:00pm — 8:00pmFD: Open Practice – Top 32

Saturday, July 21, 2012 — Main Event

12:00pm — 1:00pmFD: Open Practice – Top 32
1:00pm — 2:30pmPro/Am: Top 16 Competition
3:00pm — 5:00pmFD: Main Competition – Round of 32
5:00pm — 6:30pmFD: “Halftime Break”
6:30pm — 6:45pmFD: National Anthem / Opening Ceremonies
7:00pm — 9:00pmFD: Main Competition – Round of 16 to Finals

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?

2012 Formula Drift Round 4 at Wall – Qualifying Order [RESULTS]

The rain came down in qualifying and did mange to mix things up a little bit. Towards the end of the second runs the track did clear up allowing the top 10 powerhouse drivers put down relatively dry passes. Here is how they finished on the day:

1. Odi Bakchis (M7 Japan/Nexen Tire Nissan 240sx)
2. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Monster Energy Drink 2013 Ford Mustang)
3. Fredric Aasbo (Need for Speed Scion tC)
4. Dai Yoshihara (Discount Tire Nissan 240sx S13)
5. Chelsea DeNofa (BC Racing E36 BMW)
6. Chris Forsberg (NOS Energy Nissan 370z)
7. Kenneth Moen (Lutz Performance Nissan 350z)
8. Conrad Grunewald (Hankook Tires Chevrolet Camaro)
9. Ken Gushi (Greddy Scion FR-S)
10. Darren McNamara (Falken Tire S15 Silvia)
11. Ryan Tuerck (Retaks Nissan 240sx S13)
12. Tyler McQuarrie (Go Pro/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro)
13. Rhys Millen (2013 Hyundai Genesis)
14. Justin Pawlak (2013 Ford Mustang)
15. Robbie Nishida (Achilles Tire Lexus SC300)
16. Luke Lonberger (Hankook Tire Chevrolt Corvette C6)
17. Daigo Saito (Achilles Tire Lexus SC430)
18. Joon Maeng (Nitto Tire Mazda Rx-8)
19. Ryan Kado (Nexen Tire Nissan 350z)
20. Michael Essa (GSR BMW Z4)
21. Dennis Mertzanis (Kenda Tire/ Nissan 240sx S13)
22. Kyle Mohan (Nexen Tire Mazda Rx-8)
23. Matt Powers (Need for Speed Nissan 240sx S14)
24. Patrick Mordaunt (APEX’i Lexus SC430)
25. Chris Ward (S13 Nissan 240sx)
26. Tony Brakohiapa (eBay Motors 2013 Ford Mustang)
27. Danny George ( Mazda Miata)
28. Tony Angelo (Scion Racing Scion tc)
29. Taka Aono (Megan Racing Toyota Corolla AE86)
30. Jhonnattan Castro (Progreso Bank Nissan 350z)
31. Miro Ovcharik (Sikky Engineering Nissan 240sx)
32. Nick D’Alessio (Elite JDM Nissan 240sx)


According to the Weather Report – You WANT to watch Formula Drift Qualifying Tomorrow

A ton of rain is heading straight for New Jersey and according to the weather report we pulled from the rain is coming right before qualifying kicks off tomorrow. Just before qualifying the odds of rain for the day jump from 20% to 50%! Hopefully the rain isn’t heavy for frequent enough to flood out the track like in 2009 (see Eric O’Sullivan above).

So keep your eyes peeled but if the rain hits when they are reporting I think we will see some cars in the fence and some championship runners miss qualifying altogether resulting in one huge shake up of the championship and two hours of entertainment on your computer, iPad, laptop or random device you use to tune in this weekend.


Mike Fitz Joins Hankook Tire before 2012 Pro Drift Round 2 at Punchestown

The guys at Hankook Tire rolled out the big announcement today that they have picked up Mike Fitz for the rest of the 2012 season. This FC Rx-7 looks pretty awesome and Hankook Tire is making a huge presence with Mike this season kicking off at Round 2 Punchestown. Rumor has it Mike Fitz might be looking to find a way to head over to the United States like some fellow Pro Drift stars such as Darren McNamara, Eric O’Sullivan, and Dean Kearney.