Formula D Pro Am

Golden Gate Round 2 – Final Battle [VIDEO]

This final battle video shows the first place battle between Faruk Kugay (our Wrecked Weekly guest) and Crick Filippi. It is a pretty close and intense final tandem battle with some passing over at Stockton 99! You can listen to Faruk review the battle over on Wrecked Weekly #22 here. Did I mention this track layout looks super awesome?

Faruk Kugay & World Drifting Recap – Wrecked Weekly #22 [VIDEO]

Faruk Kugay was our special guest this week who comes fresh off a win at Golden Gate Drift Round 2 (Formula Drift Pro Am series in Northern California). He also helps give insight into the European drift season which has kicked off in the spring! Below is a list of our talking points from the show and the YouTube Summary has time stamps so you can jump to each of the stories directly!

Topic 1- Review of Golden Gate Drift Round 2
Topic 2- Talking about Golden Gate Drift Round 2 Insane Final Battle (Video)
Topic 3 – Midwest Drift Union Round 1 Review (More Info)
Topic 4 – Lone Star Bash Round 2 Review We talk monsoon that causes a full round delay on Final 4
Topic 5 – D1NZ Round 5 Recap. Mad Mike Breaks Everything and Loses Championship Lead (More Info)
Topic 6- Europe Kicks off 2014 with BDC Round 1 and Jack Shanahan takes a win at age of 14!
Topic 7 – Polish Drift Championship Kicks off in Poznan
Topic 8 – Dean Kearney is Going Back to Ireland. Driving in IDC! (More Info)
Topic 9- Opinion: Can Kenneth Moen Win the Formula D Championship?
Topic 10- Exploring Formula Drift Rivalries (Original Post)

A Look at Midwest Drift Union Round 1 [RECAP]

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The following is a guest blog post written by the Midwest Drift Union owner Nick Swann:

Midwest Drift Union’s Round 1 of their 5 event competition series was held on Saturday, April 12th. MDU hosted their season opener at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL just outside of St. Louis, MO.
With many cars not quite ready yet and others suffering from pesky troubles of insufficient time to test, the field was whittled down to a Top 8 instead of the usual 16 that MDU has done for years prior.
Gateway is a fast course and requires precision and commitment, so that’s exactly what the judges were looking for. Even though the competition wasn’t as full as it usually is, the level of excitement was at an all-time high. Seasoned MDU drivers such as Mike Feiock, Brian Peter, and Nick Thomas were out in full force and clearly focused on the first place trophy.

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2014 Golden Gate Drift Round 2 [RESULTS]

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The Golden Gate Drift series  fired up this weekend with Round 2 at the Stockon 99 Speedway. Round 2 brought out the top talents of Northern California but did see European Faruk Kugay run away with the competition and take home a victory in his grey 2JZ powered S14. Here is how they finished up with nobody from Round 1 landing back on the podium:

1. Faruk Kugay
2. Crick Fillipe
3. Joe Tardiff
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2014 Midwest Drift Union Round 1 by Subject Media [VIDEO]

The Midwest Drift Union kicked off last weekend with a big Round 1 weekend at Gateway International just outside of St. Louis. One of the most fun Pro Am tracks in the country kicked off in style. Here are the podium results from the weekends event.

2014 Evergreen Drift Pro Am Round 1 [RESULTS]

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The Evergreen Drift season kicked off this weekend in Washington with Round 1 of the Formula Drift Pro Am series. Here is how the podium finished up:

1. Cameron Moore
2. Aaron Day
3. Brian Lockbaum

2014 Midwest Drift Union Round 1 at Gateway Motorsports Park [RESULTS]

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The first round of Midwest Drift Union Round 1 kicked off for the 2014 season. Congratulations to the drivers who started off the season on the podium listed below:

1. Brian Peter
2. Rolando Alfaro
3. Dan Sommer

Maxxis Tire Rolls Out Racer Pricing Program for MA-Z1 Tire

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The guys over at Maxxis Tire have opened up a grassroots racer program to help put people driving on the MA-Z1 Maxxis Tire. Sizing and details are in the PR below. The program will be executed by City Tire located in Southern California. Contact info for City Tire is attached at the bottom of the PR below! They join the ranks of GT Radial, Falken Tire, Achilles Radial and Kenda Tire all managing various racer programs for drivers.

Maxxis is offering their high-quality MA-Z1 Drift tires to grassroots drifters at a substantial discount. Eligible drivers must affix Maxxis decals to their vehicles, and can purchase the MA-Z1 Drift, prized by drifters for its durability, extra smokiness and superior traction, directly from City Tire.

“We’re always glad to have an opportunity to support grassroots drivers, and so we’re very pleased that we can work with our friends at City Tire to offer our MA-Z1 Drift tires through this discount program,” said Ritche Tay of Maxxis.

Available sizes are listed below:
245/40R17
235/40R18
255/35R18
265/35R18
275/35R18

For more information, please call 1-888-977-TIRE. City Tire Online is located at 9501 Atlantic Ave., South Gate, California, 90280.

2014 Just Drift Top Drift Round 1 at Balcony [GALLERY]


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©Joshua Schock 2014

Here is the gallery coverage from Round 1 of Just Drift’s Top Drift series. The event took place at Balcony and watched Alex Heilbrunn dominate the competition in his green S13 smoke machine. Follow the action at Willow Springs International Raceway by clicking through the gallery below!

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=382

Up and Comer: Meet Lone Star Drift Driver Garrett Hoyt

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Texas is the home to a pretty solid group of talented drivers, Garrett Hoyt (though technically being from Arkansas), is definitely no exception. I met Garrett last year when he was finishing up his previous Ls6 car cage build up in Dallas at Autocomp Racecars, and we pretty much became BFF right away. Over that weekend, I believe it was Lone Star Bash, I got to know him pretty well, and also noticed that he was an extremely good driver. He was very aggressive, and even more consistent. Unfortunately for him, at the time anyway, his fully built ls6 motor exploded in a fit of rage just a couple events later.

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Jump ahead to round 1 of the 2014 lone star series this past weekend. Garrett had spent his offseason going full retard on a pretty intense 350z build. After realize how much time and money it was going to take, he decided breaking a few SR’s before even using them was the best option, and finally got a solid motor set in the car. Caught up with him that day at the event and chatted about his new setup, which low and behold, he liked even more than his more powerful v8 motor. HA! turbo forever! Garrett was the number 1 qualifier for the event and I believe finished 6th or 7th over all for the weekend! Heres a little bit of our discussion!

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Q: What do you drive and why (specs and such)?

A: Well lets do this. I drive a 1995 Nissan 240sx, I’m running a red top sr20det with a top mount hybrid turbo. I have ISIS coilovers and arms and I can’t complain they feel really high end actually. Parts Shop Max super angle steering kit, with MCR Factory Knuckles. Also some PSM drop knuckles in the back. The car is perfect right now. Love it

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Q: When did you start drifting and why?

A:  I Started drifting back in 2009. I had my Jeep and yes, I was drifting my jeep wrangler around into people’s yards and shit, then I got my first 240sx. I started drifting because it was just so much fun. It is for sure the most fun you can have with pants on.

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Q: So besides being the pants-less wonder, what are your goals with drifting? Is it all for fun or do you plan to take it all the way to pro level?

A: My goal in drifting is to always have fun. But I am very competitive and I want to go pro, that’s what I’m aiming for.

 

Q: When you aren’t working on your car or driving events, what do you do for fun?

A: When I’m not messing with my racecar or my buddy’s cars. I love to play the guitar. Acoustic of course.

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Q: Who do you look up to both in the drifting world and abroad?

A: Well I really look up to Nate Hamilton. He has been like my coach and we have had a lot of seat time together. And outside of drift it is gonna sound cheesy, but it is my dad. My dad is such an amazing person. Couldn’t ask for anyone better.

 

Q: Not cheesy, admirable! Where are you from and What made you decide to make the travel to drive the Lone star series?

A: ARKANSAS!!! I was born and raised in good ol’ Arkansas. I was drifting up in Memphis but they don’t have the series that lonestar does. NO ONE DOES! I love the lonestar drift series. Great drivers and fast courses plus the amount of tandem that goes on is crazy. Love it down there.

 

Q: At this point in your “career” with drifting, what moment stands out the most for you?

A: The moment that stands out the most to me, well there are moments. 1st one is when I blew the ls6 that I was running last season. I shot two rods through the block. And the second one is coming back from the blown ls6, to a little sr20det and I was first place qualifier with it at round 1. I couldn’t be more happy with how the sr20 feels. Soooo much better then the ls6. True story. #V8hunterReborn

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Q: Any advice for someone looking to get into drifting?

A: If you’re wanting to start drifting. All I can say is GO FOR IT, like I said earlier it is the most fun you can have with your pants on haha. Don’t do it on the streets though. Safety first kids!

 

Photos By: Justin Cunningham, Alex Callaway, and Jason Scott