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Vaughn Gittin JR and Chelsea DeNofa Team Up for the 2017 Formula DRIFT Season


As we approach Round 1 of the 2017 Formula DRIFT season in just a couple weeks, it looks like this relatively slow off season may finally start getting a lot more announcements between now and then. Kicking this Monday off is 2010 Formula DRIFT Champion Vaughn Gittin JR and his RTR Motorsports team officially announcing the addition of Chelsea DeNofa as a teammate. DeNofa will be in a brand new 2017 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D while Gittin will return in his Mustang RTR with an updated look.

Both the Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D driven by Vaughn and BC Racing Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D driven by Chelsea are powered by brand new Ford Performance/Roush Yates Engines RY45 motors, producing 2,000 combined horsepower with a 9,000-rpm redline. The RY45 builds on the continued relationship with Ford Performance and Roush Yates in developing competition based motors specifically for the RTR Motorsports Formula Drift program. A proprietary BC Racing coilover suspension system allows both Vaughn and Chelsea to perfectly tune the dynamics of their RTRs, with sticky Nitto NT05s putting all that power to the ground.

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Here’s Your Chance to Own a 9,000 RPM Nissan V8

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Chris Forsberg recently posted up on Instagram that one of his extremely loud and reliable 9,000 RPM Nissan VK56 V8 engines are up for sale due to the buildout of his new twin-turbo V6 engine. According to Chris, it is the most powerful, naturally aspirated Nissan engine in the world and built to handle nitrous if you need even more power. Hopefully it’ll end up in the hands of someone that will enjoy it and use it to continue burning up tires and tracks somewhere nearby. Serious inquiries can contact chris@chrisforsberg.com.

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Daigo Saito is Back with a Corvette in 2017 and a Formula Drift Return

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It looks like Daigo Saito will be running a C6 Corvette in D1 Grand Prix in Japan and according to Wanli, is set to return to Formula Drift for 2017. The Wanli release isn’t quite clear on their return to Formula Drift but we assume Daigo Saito will be running with them. Not sure on any other drivers that will be running with them but Fredric Aasbo did run on them in Asia last year from what we understand. Here is what the Wanli release says from Tokyo Auto Salon.

 

  “In 2017, Wanli Tire will keep cooperating with Daigo Saito in D1 to defend champion honor and to participate in American FORMULA DRIFT to realize Wanli Tire’ dream dominating the drift fields of China, Japan, USA, Russia. Daigo Saito’s car participating in D1 Grand Prix 2017, CORVETTE, also appeared in TAS in advance which indicated its determination to win the champion again.”

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

Ola Jaeger Set for Formula Drift Pro 2 Debut in Old FD Car

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Ola Jaeger hails from Norway and has taken Fredric Aasbo’s old MKIV Toyota Supra out of storage and is building it to run the Pro 2 series of Formula Drift. This could be an interesting new addition to the Pro 2 field that has lacked strong competition in years past. It will be interesting to see how quickly he can get the car together before Orlando in just about 75 days from now.

Kenneth Moen Won’t Return to Formula Drift in 2017

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Kenneth Moen has announced today that he is stepping away from Formula Drift for 2017. It sounds like he will be looking to sweep up the competition in Europe as James Deane arrives in America to battle in Formula Drift. My two most stand out Kenneth Moen moments were his podium at Homestead in 2014 and when he drove Sam Hubinette’s Dodge Challenger in 2011 at Wall Speedway. His insane and sometimes over the top wide open throttle style will be missed in Formula Drift for 2017.

 

But when I watch back I get goosebumps. Even if I had a small budget I was living the dream. I was doing what every drifter dream about. I was driving Formula Drift in America with the best drivers in the world. And even more important, I made some friends for the rest of my life. A huge thanks to everyone that helped me out on my way, friends, family, fans and sponsors. I wish everyone of my FD friends good luck in 2017, I will be watching you! Now it’s time for me to focus on Europe.

Charles Ng in BMW for 2017 and Teams Up with Essa

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Charles Ng is running a E46 BMW for the 2017 Formula Drift season built by Michael Essa. Charles Ng debuted in Formula Drift in Michael Essa’s old FC Mazda RX-7 so they have done some business together in the past. Charles Ng always has had promise but suffers car issue after car issue with his G37. It will be interested to see how he will look in a Michael Essa built BMW chassis.

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Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck Partner Up for 2017 Formula Drift Season

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Chris Forsberg (2016 Formula Drift champion) has partnered up with Ryan Tuerck for the 2017 Formula Drift season with the addition of Nameless Performance to the mix. This seems like an interesting partnership for the new year with the team seemingly fielding two different cars (Toyota 86 / Nissan 370z). I could see a small possibility in Ryan Tuerck jumping into a Nissan 370z but doubt Forsberg would leave the Z platform after 10+ years and a recent championship. Here is the announcement video from Donut Media.

Sorry about our mini hiatus. We are bringing on some awesome writers for 2017 to help out with the content load and cannot wait for this season to unfold!

2016 Formula Drift Round 8 at Irwindale [GALLERY]

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The Formula Drift 2016 championship came to an end at the House of Drift in Los Angeles. Justin Kaehler was on the scene and captured these stunning shots of Chris Forsberg’s third championship and Matt Field’s second victory in a row. Who is ready for the 2017 drifting season? Pat Mordaunt even put on one of the performances of his career in his 350z. The track layout struggled to deliver the best tandem battles we have seen at Irwindale.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=476

James Deane and Piotr Więcek Set for Formula Drift 2017

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The new has dropped from Europe that the two of the biggest superstars from the continent are heading to Formula Drift in 2017. James Deane won the 2016 Drift All-Stars championship and has continued the domination across Europe. Pitor Więcek in his Bud Auto car noted by the yellow paint scheme always is said to be one of the few drivers who can match James Deane’s incredible driving talent. They are both building new cars to bring over the Atlantic and compete in 2017!

 

Source: Speedhunters