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2015 Formula Drift Road Atlanta Round 2 [RESULTS]

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Road Atlanta is always a fun battle ground for the top drifting drivers in the world. Robbie Nishida made a lackluster debut in his Infiniti G37 failing to make a qualifying pass and Dai Yoshihara had issues in his Subaru BRZ and didn’t make a pass either. The bottom of the group was quite close and Matt Field even had to drift his way out of 33rd place on his second pass to stay in the show. Here is how the tandem battles look for today –

Left Bracket
Justin Pawlak vs. Chelsea DeNofa (In Loaner MK3 Supra)
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Pat Goodin
Mad Mike Whiddett vs. Rapper Dan Savage
Forrest Wang vs. Marc Landerville
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Jeff Jones
Kenneth Moen vs. Michael Essa
Odi Bakchis vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Masahi Yokoi vs. Matt Coffman

Right Bracket
Fredric Aasbo vs. Daigo Saito
Tanner Foust vs. Geoff Stoneback
Chris Forsberg vs. Kyle Mohan
Ryan Tuerck vs. Pat Mordaunt
Conrad Grunewald vs. Dean Kearney
Charles Ng vs. Matt Field
Ken Gushi vs. Mats Barbieau
Alec Hohnadell vs. Nate Hamilton

Forrest Wang, Dai Yoshihara, and Kyle Mohan make horsepower improvements prior to Atlanta

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Over the past few days, Forrest Wang, Dai Yoshihara, and Kyle Mohan have all posted social media updates indicating that they will have new power heading into Atlanta. All three are continuing to develop the same powerplant that they have used at least for the past year, but seeing these updates just emphasizes that the horsepower wars have kicked up to another level this season.

 

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First up is Dai Yoshihara. His team posted an image of a new turbo and intercooler setup which should help reduce under hood temps and improve throttle response. The team also switched over to E85 fuel. While details weren’t discussed, the team said that power has increased over the previous setup. Yoshihara has been testing and driving the car more this season than almost any other driver, so we feel that Yoshihara may be due for a breakout performance in his BR-Z.

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Our Review of Formula Drift Long Beach [VIDEO]

Here is our Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach recap video we made together with Subject Media Group from Formula Drift Round 1. A fresh new look of Formula Drift shown in black and white that we just love! Let us know what you think of our highlight video.

2015 KMC Wheels SuperDrift at LBGP [RESULTS]

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With a small field for the weekend and only 10 drivers to produce a score in qualifying the main event went on in a Top 16 format. The three drivers who failed to qualify were allowed to enter the main event so the field included 13 drivers. The night time tandem events saw several drivers make serious contact including Robbie Nishida and Odi Bakchis early in the event. In the end, Robbie Nishida made it into the finals but couldn’t beat Conrad Grunewald in the end. Here is how they finished:

1. Conrad Grunewald
2. Robbie Nishida
3. Forrest Wang

2015 Formula Drift KMC Wheels Super Drift Qualifying [RESULTS]

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The KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge at the Long Beach Grand Prix wrapped up a pretty mediocre qualifying session which found Formula Drift short of a full Top 16 field. Only 10 drivers managed a qualifying score as these guys will battle for a big pay day tomorrow at the Long Beach Grand Prix. Here is how they qualified:

1. Forrest Wang – 94
2. Justin Pawlak – 89
3. Odi Backhis – 84
4. Conrad Grunewald – 81
5. Charles Ng – 79
6. Robbie Nishida – 75
7. Michael Essa – 70
8. Kyle Mohan – 68
9. Jeff Jones – 66
10. Brandon Wicknick – 65
11. Dean Kearney – 0
12. Alec Hohnadell – 0
13. Joon Maeng – 0

Tandem Battles
Forrest Wang vs. BYE
Kyle Mohan vs. Jeff Jones
Conrad Grunewald vs. Joon Maeng
Charles Ng vs. Alec Hohnadell
Justin Pawlak vs. BYE
Michael Essa vs. Brandon Wicknick
Odi Bakchis vs. BYE
Robbie Nishida vs. Dean Kearney

2015 Formula Drift Livery Overload [GUIDE]

Below is a breakdown of all the 2015 Formula Drift liveries released to date and I will update as we go along. To make life easy, I ranked them by championship finishing order of 2014.

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1. Chris Forsberg – Nissan 370z
The championship returns with a Nissan 370z and some added sponsors for the new year. NOS Energy Drink returns as his title and the car gets a refresh to the new Nismo style front end.

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2. Fredric Aasbo – Scion tC
Another car making its return in 2015. Fredric happens to be my personal prediction for 2015 Formula Drift champion if that means anything to you. He added a title sponsorship with Rockstar Energy Drink and I really hope he runs those yellow wheels he used in his car unveiling. Regardless, the car has never looked better and I think he is poised for a great season.

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3. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – Ford Mustang
Vaughn Gittin Jr. is using his old Ford Mustang with the new livery as they continue to research and develop his 2015 RTR for competition. My guess is, he will stick with the 2014 Mustang until he winds up mathematically out of the championship. That is when he would bring the 2015 RTR out for this year. If he is in the running for the championship, I expect to see this car in 2016. Good news is, you can always see his new 2015 Mustang RTR at non Formula Drift events such as Street Driven May 2nd at VIR.

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4. Odi Bakchis – Hyundai Genesis / Nissan 240sx
Odi Bakchis is running a complex Formula Drift World Championship setup that involves running two cars in the USA. We have a complete Odi Bakchis schedule for his die-hard fans that want to know what he is driving and where. For this weekend, he will be in this big V8 powered Hyundai Genesis with a Vortech Supercharger kit hoping to start off with a great 2015 season.

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5. Forrest Wang – LHD S15 Nissan Silvia
This car became the most hyped up and leaked debacle of 2015 all over the Internet last week due to our Instagram page but we will leave that be. Car looks pretty similar to last season and still carries a 2JZ engine setup and WiseFab for big angle.
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Alec Hohnadell Shows Off Get Nuts Lab x Achilles 240sx [SPYSHOTS]

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Alec Hohnadell has released his 2015 livery showing off some new partners for 2015. He linked up with Forrest Wang’s operation Get Nuts Laboratory in Las Vegas to get his program off the ground and running in 2015. He has kept his LS Chevrolet engine for the new season and slapped a Magnuson TVS2300 jackshaft supercharger on it for a nice bump in horsepower for the year. I also like how his core color is green to match with the overall Get Nuts branding we have seen in years past. Alec seems to be carrying Holley Performance as a partner for the new year as well helping him with some great LS engine support. Alec mentioned to me he drove Forrest’s competition car at Vegas Drift over the past weekend and really did love the way a 2JZ engine felt in drifting. Perhaps we will see him shift over to the inline 6 setup in a future car build? What do you think of his new 2015 Formula Drift setup?

Vegas Drift Pro Am Now Expands to Southwest Drift Pro Am

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The Formula Drift Pro Am series Vegas Drift has expanded to cover the complete region of the southwest in 2015. The series is now five rounds expanding into Phoenix, Denver, and Albuquerque. The top three drivers in the series will be issued a Formula Drift Pro 2 license for the following year.

Schedule
2/4 Round 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Bondurant Racing School West
4/26 Round 2 – Las Vegas, NV @ LVMS
5/30 Round 3 – Las Vegas, NV @ LVMS
6/28 Round 4 – Denver, CO @ Colorado National Speedway
9/5-9/6 Round 5 – Albuquerque, NM @ Napa Speedway

Full Schedule of Drift Events Here: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/find-an-event-the-best-drift-event-calendar/

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The Southwest Drift Pro Am will also be providing a Livestream starting this year at the Phoenix Pro Am Round 1 upcoming this weekend. Spotters and teams can also be provided live scoring information direct from the judges stand showing a huge advancement in technical capabilities from the series itself.  Listed judges for the 2015 season are Forrest Wang, Odi Bakchis, Brandon Wicknick, George Marstanovic, Tommy Suell, and Ernie Fixmer.

Alec Hohnadell Partners Up with Get Nutz Lab for 2015 Formula Drift Season

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Alec Hohnadell announced his partnership with Forrest Wang and the Get Nutz Lab crew for the 2015 drifting season. We have already reported on Forrest Wang’s new car plans/rumors for 2015. The partnership looks pretty interesting and could help both drivers advance forward. No word on if Alec will be undergoing other major changes like sponsorships and if Forrest Wang will be helping Alec advance on the driving side of things as well. We imagine the partnership can be huge dividends for both teams. Forrest Wang really took the world by storm this year with some mind blowing qualifying runs such as the one he threw down at Texas Motor Speedway this year.

Forrest Wang Building S15 Silvia for 2015 Formula Drift? [RUMORMILL]

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Several tipsters have told us after some close inspection of Forrest Wang’s 2015 build progress photographs show that his new car will be a S15 Silvia. Forrest Wang has always stuck with the S-chassis through his professional drifting career and this seems to make 2015 no different. Forrest has looked his best this last season with a career high finish in his signature green Nissan. We cannot wait to see how his build is going to progress through the new season and if he can possibly win his first event next year!

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