Formula D

2014 Formula Drift Best Drifting Style – Forrest Wang

ForrestWang

Forrest Wang gets best drifting style from his peers this season. He also took home top qualifying honors over the last two rounds of Formula Drift this year and two podiums all while drifting in an amazing fashion. Here is some in car footage of his top qualifying run in Texas if you want to see his style in real life.

2014 Formula Drift Team Manager of the Year – Stephan Papadakis

StephanPapadakis

Team Manager of the Year is probably an understatement for what Stephan Papadakis has done for his team this season. He lead his crew through two very clutch engine swaps before qualifying (if either engine swap was unsuccessful Fredric Aasbo would of been far from winning a championship at Irwindale). Stephan has built an insane four cylinder engine in a FWD Scion tC that is RWD converted to compete  with the biggest top dogs in drifting. This POV video with data shows just how insane this car works.

2014 Formula Drift Crew Member of the Year – Brian Wilkerson

BrianWilkerson

Brian Wilkerson has been a drifter, shop owner, and now work horse for the Chris Forsberg Racing team. Brian and his MA Motorsports team are currently building our Vapure V3 240sx currently as well in Maryland. Chris never missed a beat this season with mechanical issues showing why he clearly earned this award.

2014 Formula Drift Best Personal Style – Ryan Tuerck

RyanTuerck.PersonalStyle

Ryan Tuerck pulled best personal style as voted on by his Formula Drift peers. His new street car Scion FR-S is a reflection of his simplistic style you can see on display when he is anywhere on the track.

2014 Garrett Turbo Life Cup Winner – Forrest Wang

ForrestWang

Forrest Wang wound up being the highest ranked Garrett Turbo driver to finish the 2014 Formula Drift season. He had an outstanding performance this season with two podiums at both Texas Motor Speedway and Irwindale to put him overall in 5th. The Garrett Turbo Life Cup also comes with a solid $3,000 payout.

2014 Formula Drift Championship [RESULTS]

ForsbergWallNJ-1230

All seven rounds of Formula Drift are in the books for 2014. Chris Forsberg ends up the 2014 champion but a margin of just 11 points which came down to the very last tandem battle of 2014. Daigo Saito finally had a motor hold together and was able to make a huge jump in the championship points as well. All Top 32 drivers are given a Pro license for next year while 33 and beyond are relegated into Pro 2. Here is how they finished:

1. Chris Forsberg
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
4. Odi Bakchis
5. Forrest Wang
6. Kenneth Moen
7. Darren McNamara
8. Dean Kearney
9. Justin Pawlak
10. Conrad Grunewald
11. Robbie Nishida
12. Ryan Tuerck
13. Ken Gushi
14. Daigo Saito
15. Matt Field
16. Michael Essa
Read More…

2014 Formula Drift Round 7 – Final Fight – Irwindale Speedway [RESULTS]

DaigoSaito

Daigo Saito just won his third straight Final Fight Irwindale Speedway round which has to be some kind of record I imagine. After his mishap in qualifying Daigo turned it around and had an awesome weekend in competition. His final battle with Fredric Aasbo also determined the championship for Forsberg. Here is how the event finished up:

1. Daigo Saito
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Forrest Wang
4. Chris Forsberg

What it takes to win: 2014 Championship – Forsberg vs Aasbo

Wall_ForsbergAasbo_2782 Atlanta_ForsbergAasbo_5925

After yesterday’s qualifying, not a lot changed. Although Forsberg qualified 4 positions higher than Aasbo, the additional 1.5 points in qualifying is insignificant since each tandem round is worth 16 points. Forsberg’s current lead is 27.5 points, which requires Aasbo to earn at least 2 more tandem wins than Forsberg. The way the brackets are lined up, Forsberg and Aasbo could meet in the top 4. If this happens, Aasbo would have to win the battle and win the event to earn the championship.

If Forsberg loses in the top 32 (vs Geoff Stoneback), Aasbo must make the top 8 to win the Championship.
If Forsberg loses in the top 16 (vs either Pat Goodin or Vaughn Gittin Jr), Aasbo must make the top 4 to be champion.
If Forsberg loses in the top 8 (vs Tuerck / Aono / Field / Pawlak), Aasbo must make the top 4 to be champion.
If Forsberg loses in the top 4 (potentially against Aasbo), Aasbo must win the event to be champion. – Note: It does not matter whether Forsberg comes in 3rd or 4th  based on qualifying score since both positions earn the same amount of championship points.
If Forsberg makes the final round, he is guaranteed the championship.

If Aasbo loses in the top 32 (vs Landreville), Forsberg is the champion.
If Aasbo loses in the top 16 (vs McQuarrie or Baribeau), Forsberg is the champion.
If Aasbo loses in the top 8 (vs Yoshihara / Hamilton / Kearney / Hohnadell) and Forsberg did NOT lose in the top 32, Forsberg is the champion.
If Aasbo loses in the top 4 (potentially against Forsberg) and Forsberg did NOT lose in the top 32 or top 16, Forsberg is the champion.
If Aasbo loses in the final round, and Forsberg did not lose in the top 32, top 16, or top 8, Forsberg is the champion.
If Aasbo wins the event, he is guaranteed the championship since Forsberg would have lost no later than the top 4. He would also become only the fifth driver in FD history to win back-to-back events in a single FD Season (Joining Hubinette, Yoshihara, Pawlak, and Gittin Jr.).

2014 Formula Drift Pro 2 Final Points & Promotion [STANDINGS]

DanSavage-Seattle Pro2-FinalStandings-Promotion

Congratulations to Dan Savage for winning the inaugural Formula D Pro 2 championship! While we posted about how the qualifying points don’t matter in Pro 1, Savage solely won the Pro 2 championship based on his qualifying scores, particularly his top qualifier position on Thursday.  Both Stoneback and Savage tied with exactly 260 tandem points, and the extra 5.5 points that Savage earned on Thursday via qualifying are what put him over the edge. Had Savage qualified anywhere from 4th through 8th position, he would have earned exactly 4.5 points in qualifying alongside Stoneback and the championship would have been tied. Hopefully Formula Drift changes the points structure in future seasons to avoid this sort of scenario.

Alongside Savage, a huge congratulations goes out to all 8 drivers who have earned or retained their Pro 1 license through the new ‘Promotion’ system:

Promoted Drivers:

Dan Savage
Geoff Stoneback
Jeremy Lowe
Jeff JOnes
James Evans
Nate Hamilton
Matt Coffman
Brandon Wicknick

Drivers who earned at least 64 points will be allowed to continue in Pro 2 (unless they remain in the top 32 in Pro 1, in which case they can keep their Pro 1 license). This list includes:
Will Parsons
Tony Cisneros
Carl Rydquist
Juha Rintanen
Eric Hill
Dennis Mertzanis
Andy Hately
Jeff Wolfson
Ryan Litteral
Rob Primozich
Ron Ewerth
Hiro Sumida

All other drivers will be relegated to ProAm.

2014 Formula Drift Round 7 Irwindale Speedway Qualifying [RESULTS]

ForrestWang

Irwindale Speedway qualifying delivered some great runs from several drivers who scored high and some who seemed to wind up a little lower than I imagined. Forrest Wang continued his qualifying dominance with a finish of 90 just dominating everyone else point wise. Here is how they finished up:

1. Forrest Wang
2. Dai Yoshihara
3. Ryan Tuerck
4. Rapper Dan Savage
5. Robbie Nishida
6. Chris Forsberg
7. Tyler McQuarrie
8. Odi Bakchis
9. Conrad Grunewald
10. Fredric Aasbo
11. Pat Goodin
12. Ken Gushi
13. Kyle Mohan
14. Matt Field
15. Dean Kearney
16. Michael Essa
17. Kenneth Moen
18. Alec Hohnadell
19. Justin Pawlak
20. Ryan Kado
21. Joon Maeng
22. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
23. Marc Landerville
24. Dave Briggs
25. Jeff Jones
26. Mats Baribeau
27. Geoff Stoneback
28. Darren McNamara
29. Daigo Saito
30. Taka Aono
31. Nate Hamilton
32. Matt Coffman
Read More…