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10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Long Beach

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10. The MVP of the Weekend – The Weather
The biggest game changer of the weekend in Long Beach was the rain. I was on site this weekend and when the rain started it was unbelievable how much oil and junk came up from the parking lot. Keep in mind, turn 9 through 10B are basically parking spaces used by the convention center and aquarium on a daily basis. The large issue at hand wasn’t just the rain but the oils and things it took up from the ground. If I would have known people would claim that Formula Drift cannot be done in the rain – I would have taken pictures of this gross water. Let’s keep in mind that it also doesn’t frequently rain in Southern California so the amount of junk coming up from the pavement was huge in scale. The ground was so inconsistent that huge zero traction patches were found across the course where the driver would basically become a passenger as several described it to me in the car. I am one of the first people to criticize Formula Drift when I think they do the wrong thing and everything this weekend was handled perfectly. The drivers wanted a set qualifying and nobody spoke up against it from what I saw and heard in the drivers meeting. With just 32 teams it just happened to work out and lead to the best Top 16 in Formula Drift history.

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9. Kyle Mohan Debuts Most Exciting New Car with his Mazda MX-5
It was pretty clear to me that Kyle Mohan debuted the most exciting new car of the 2016 season. The pre-season buzz when I released his Mazda MX-5 to the public was huge. The car didn’t quite looked dialed in and was very snappy over the race weekend. Long Beach is very different from the other seven courses coming up so I am trying not to read too much into his performance. For him to be a contender in 2016, the car seems like it needs some work. Also, while he is working on the car I think he should invest in some wide body front fenders.

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8. Cameron Moore Was Best Rookie on the Weekend
The rookie class of 2016 is sitting in a five way tie for Rookie of the Year right now since they all lost in Top 32 and no qualifying points were issued for the weekend. Cameron Moore looked most likely to win his Top 32 battle against Chris Forsberg. He did a really impressive follow run and spun on his lead run that most likely would’ve earned him at least an OMT if he kept pedaling around the course. Cameron Moore impressed me with his ability to handle the wet conditions better than most people in the paddock. I know he hails from the Pacific Northwest so he might not even know what the sun looks like yet. He looked comfortable and uninitiated being in the main event so I will keep my eye on him over the next couple rounds of Formula Drift.

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Forrest Wang Set to run Irish Drift Championship in April

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Forrest Wang is heading to the Irish Drift Championship for Round 1 at Mondello Park on April 23rd/24th. Mondello Park is the most famous and popular racetrack in Ireland for drifting and according to reports we have heard they have been adding new pavement to the venue to accommodate more track configurations. The IDC has a claim to fame that a foreigner has never won an event in the series since its inception. Perhaps Forrest Wang can change that next month at Mondello Park. Below is a snapshot of the work being done on the track thanks to Irish drifter Jack Shanahan.

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2016 Street Driven Tour is Here [SCHEDULE]

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The Street Driven Tour just released a solid 2016 schedule found above and below. The series attracted some of the best drifters in America over 2015 including Vaughn Gittin Jr., Ryan Tuerck, Chris Forsberg, Matt Powers, Forrest Wang, Odi Bakchis, Geoff Stoneback and many more! The four venues are VIRginia International Raceway, Gateway Motorsports Park, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway to round out the new season. Below is a video of Street Driven Las Vegas!

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2015 Formula Drift Awards – Top Qualifier of the Year – Fredric Aasbo

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Fredric Aasbo took home Top Qualifier of the year which just took the highest qualifying percentage of each driver produced from qualifying of seven rounds total. His dominance of the year included qualifying which helped him seal up his first championship. Other drivers with great qualifying runs this year included Forrest Wang but he suffered a bad score in Orlando which most likely knocked him out of the running for this award. Chris Forsberg was also another close mention to take home this prize but was edged out by the 2015 champ.

2015 Formula Drift Awards – Best Race Suite – Forrest Wang

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I didn’t even realize this was an award until I was looking through the results from the Formula Drift banquet. I am pretty sure is a new award for the 15 season. Anyway, Forrest Wang won the honors with his floral pattern race suite seen above. This award was voted by other teams/drivers in the pit area. With some awards like best driving style missing it looks like Forrest Wang will have to settle for this award in 2015.

2015 Formula Drift Irwindale – A Second Look [GALLERY]

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Ryan Lopez grabbed his camera and traveled from Alabama to present us with this dynamite coverage from Formula Drift Irwindale. He really captures a unique and gorgeous perspective of Irwindale Speedway – the House of Drift on the weekend that saw Fredric Aasbo take home a championship.

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Street Driven Tour Invades Las Vegas [VIDEO]

Here is the official event video from Street Driven Tour Las Vegas. It featured one of the strongest drivers lists of the season and some of the best tandem trains of the year at Street Driven by far. Sit back and watch the Street Driven Tour X StanceWars Las Vegas event wrapped up in one great video. Chris Forsberg even brought out the old K-Sport Nissan 350z with a new flat black look and Voodoo 13 sponsorship.

10 Things I learned From Formula Drift Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway

10. Daigo Saito’s Perfect Irwindale Record Comes to An End at 16 Wins

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Part of me was starting to think that Daigo Saito would retire before losing at Iwindale Speedway. Sadly, a Top 16 battle with champion Fredric Aasbo after a riveting OMT battle saw Daigo Saito finally fall at the House of Drift. This puts his career track record for Irwindale Speedway at a whopping 16-1. Never has one driver been so dominate in Formula Drift history at one track and I hated to watch his undefeated record come to an end.

9. Mad Mike Whiddett Nailed It This Weekend

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Mad Mike Whiddett looked pretty solid at Irwindale this weekend. His return to Formula Drift in general had much more impact than his first season and I hope he returns for 2016. He made quite a run this weekend at Irwindale Speedway finally losing to the champion in the Great 8. He easily disposed of Ryan Tuerck and James Evans putting him firmly in 19th for the championship. Not a bad result considering he missed Long Beach and New Jersey.

8. Struggling Drivers Don’t Rise to Occassion at Irwindale

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The bottom of the Pro list is where a ton of drivers needed to put down big performances to stay in the Pro series or at least put up points to prove they have what it takes still to compete. Dave Briggs suffered a malfunction and was eliminated early, Joon Maeng couldn’t get a score good enough to place in the Top 32 for qualifying, and Nikolett Szanto didn’t even turn a wheel. A pretty sad showing that was amplified by Mats Baribeau who crashed during qualifying and didn’t make the Top 32 as well. It will be sad to not see some of these guys in the Pro ranks for 2016, especially since I think most issues they had were mechanical.

7. Irwindale Speedway Might Not Be Going Away

Nobody really wanted to speak either way 100% but from what I gathered it is a high probability (over 50%) that Irwindale Speedway will host Formula Drift next year and possibly a few years after that with some luck. Either way, we took on a special project at Wrecked Magazine to pay tribute to the House of Drift which will come out later this month. We talked to drivers and fans about their personal favorite moment from the tracks history.

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2015 Formula Drift Championship [RESULTS]

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The 2015 championship is a wrap! Fredric Aasbo followed up his second place finish last year with a championship in 2015. Ken Gushi was right on his heels the whole way in what wound up a Scion dominated season. The Scion brand finished 1,2, and 4 during this Formula Drift season which is unparalleled by any OEM in this sports history. Chris Forsberg took his Nissan 370z with a respectable 3rd place season finish to follow up with his 14 championship run. Here is how the Top 20 finished up for 2015 –

1. Fredric Aasbo – 530
2. Ken Gushi – 431
3. Chris Forsberg – 382
4. Ryan Tuerck – 367
5. Odi Bakchis – 363
6. Masashi Yokoi – 324
7. Justin Pawlak – 287
8. Forrest Wang – 285
9. Matt Field – 282
10. Alec Hohnadell – 272
11. Kenneth Moen – 247
12. Daigo Saito – 238
13. Vaughn Gittin Jr – 226
14. Dean Kearney – 220
15. Chelsea DeNofa – 212
15. Tyler McQuarrie – 212
17. Pat Mordaunt – 211
18. Pat Goodin – 207
19. Mad Mike Whiddett – 192
20. Charles Ng – 191

2015 Formula Drift Round 7 Pro Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Forrest Wang topped all qualifiers today with a score of 89, his second top qualifier award of the season (previously in Long Beach). Matt Field and Ken Gushi tied for second overall with a score of 86, Field earning the second tiebreaker due to a higher style judge score as they were tied in total style points. Gushi still has a chance to win the championship pending the top 32 tandem battles.

Here’s a look at the qualifying results as well as the tandem brackets:

1. Forrest Wang
2. Matt Field
3. Ken Gushi
4. “Mad” Mike Whiddett
5. Fredric Aasbo
6. Chelsea Denofa
7. Justin Pawlak
8. Tanner Foust
9. Chris Forsberg
10. Alec Hohnadell
11. Tyler McQuarrie
12. Pat Goodin
13. Ryan Tuerck
14. Daijiro Yoshihara
15. Odi Bakchis
16. Masashi Yokoi
17. Marc Landreville
18. Kyle Mohan
19. Michael Essa
20. Conrad Grunewald
21. Daigo Saito
22. Charles Ng
23. Patrick Mordaunt
24. Dan Savage
25. Robbie Nishida
26. Brandon Wicknick
27. Kenny Moen
28. Kristaps Bluss
29. James Evans
30. Jhonnattan Castro
31. Dean Kearney
32. Geoff Stoneback

Tandem Brackets:
Left Bracket

Forrest Wang vs Geoff Stoneback
Masashi Yokoi vs Marc Landreville
Tanner Foust vs Robbie Nishida
Chris Forsberg vs Dan Savage
Mike Whiddett vs James Evans
Ryan Tuerck vs Conrad Grunewald
Fredric Aasbo vs Kristaps Bluss
Pat Goodin vs Daigo Saito

Right Bracket

Matt Field vs Dean Kearney
Odi Bakchis vs Kyle Mohan
Justin Pawlak vs Brandon Wicknick
Alec Hohnadell vs Patrick Mordaunt
Ken Gushi vs Jhonnattan Castro
Daijiro Yoshihara vs Michael Essa
Chelsea Denofa vs Kenny Moen
Tyler McQuarrie vs Charles Ng

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