Here is one awesome qualifying lap from Forrest Wang at Formula Drift Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway. His minimal steering corrections and big angle make for one awesome lap around the House of Drift. Sit back and watch this one over and over again.
Daigo Saito actually earned this award from his performance at Irwindale Speedway this weekend. He qualified 29th and ended up winning the event which defines how a comeback works to earn this merit/points based award. To make matters even more impressive, he crashed on his first qualifying run of the weekend and scrambled to fix the car almost missing his second qualifying run where he put down a score to qualify 29th. Kind of makes his journey all that more impressive for his comeback of the year!
Forrest Wang wins another award for his 2014 season. This one was given to him by the fans to award him for his stylish and good looking S14 Nissan 240sx. It also helps that he looks really really good and wild when sliding this car around a track. Formula Drift reported that over 10,000 votes were cast for this category and Wang took home the win.
Another award has come to Forrest Wang for his 2014 season. This one is voted on by his peers and is meant to be given to that special driver who just really embraces and embodies the sport. He is by far one of the most underfunded drivers in the top 5 of championship points which I think really makes this award deserved for him and his team.
Chelsea DeNofa drove to insane levels this season all year. His car didn’t want to operate on the level that he was hoping to drive this season but when it worked he looked insane. His follow battle against Karl Osaki in the Top 32 at Texas Motor Speedway is probably the tandem follow of the year! We could go on for hours about how entertaining he was this season including his tires going up in flames at one point. This was a well deserved award for Chelsea in 2014.
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.
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.
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.