Joon Maeng

Joon Maeng’s Huge Crash from Qualifying [VIDEO]

Check out this awesome capture I got of Joon Maeng’s qualifying accident. The car crumbled into pieces as it made contact with the wall on Joon Maeng’s first qualifying pass. The video has a full speed look at his whole qualifying run followed by a slow motion version of the huge impact with the Long Beach krail.

Joon Maeng Testing at Willow Springs – Shows off New Partner Maxxis Tire

Joon Maeng shows off his S13 Nissan 240sx at Willow Springs now on Maxxis MA-Z1 tires. This quick Instagram video doesn’t show much of the car in drifting action but nice to see Joon is getting some serious test time in with the new Maxxis tires before Round 1.

Nexen Plans Formula Drift Return with New Tire


According to TireBusiness the guys over at Nexen Tire are planning a return to Formula Drift in the future. It sounds like they are putting marketing efforts elsewhere while they develop a real top level tire in drifting. It sounds like once the new tire is developed they will make a return to Formula Drift in a big way. In fact, they are putting a focus on winning the series once they come back.

“We manufacture high-quality tires at a great value,” said Kyle Roberts, director of marketing at Nexen Tire, he continued, “and some of our patterns fit the need of casual drift enthusiasts perfectly. However, we are currently in the beginning stages of developing a competition tire that is designed to perform consistently at the high level demanded by us and our drivers.”



Vortech Superchargers Shows Joon Maeng’s Engine on Dyno [VIDEO]

Lucas Oil and Nexen Tire driver Joon Maeng produced an engine dyno video with Vortech Superchargers showing off his new engine program for 2014. The video doesn’t leave horsepower numbers but it sure sounds like a monster engine package. Hopefully losing Nexen Tire at the last minute hasn’t thrown a monkey wrench in his plans.

Nexen Tire Walks Away from Formula Drift Just One Month Before Season Starts


In what has to be the biggest head scratcher of the 2014 season is Nexen Tire leaving in the 11th hour just before the Formula Drift season starts. Close sources to the situation say everything was “green lighted” as far back as late 2013 for all these Nexen programs and no troubles cropped up until last week.

The rumor has it one particular driver from the Nexen program was complaining to upper management and Korea about tire issues they were having which some people are speculating to me is a major reason they are leaving. Other teams have confirmed that N9000 was a vast improvement from the N3000 an N6000 and provided drivers a relatively quality drift tire.

Regardless once the smoke clears it looks like several teams are going to be in a 30 day scramble to sign a new tire company which I feel like will be almost impossible since most budgets are long wrapped up. Odi Bakchis is the lucky one of the group who jumped ship to Nitto Tire it appears just in time.

2013 Formula Drift Irwindale Speedway – Tentative Drivers List

Here are the people who have paid and registered to drift next weekend at the House of Drift. The real strong title contenders are Mike Essa and Chris Forsberg and unless they drop the ball big time one of them is taking home a championship. If they both fail to advance a win could be taken by another driver to advance and win a championship as well. All eyes on Irwindale next weekend! Here is who is driving:
1 Essa, Mike 101
2 Forsberg, Chris 64
3 Aasbo, Fredric 151
4 Gittin, Vaughn Jr. 25
5 Saito, Daigo 1
6 Pawlak, Justin 13
7 Field, Matt 777
8 McNamara, Darren 8
9 Bakchis, Odi 723
10 Nishida, Robbie 31
11 Yoshihara, Daijiro 9
12 Grunewald, Conrad 79
13 Denofa, Chelsea 88
14 Moen, Kenneth 22
15 Powers, Matt 665
16 Tuerck, Ryan 62
17 George, Danny 7
18 McQuarrie, Tyler 17
19 Wang, Forrest 808
20 Kado, Ryan 614
21 Mordaunt, Patrick 90
22 Gushi, Ken 21
23 Yoshioka, Toshiki 104
24 Maeng, Joon 51
25 Aono, Taka 86
26 Ovcharik, Miroslav 235
27 Goodin, Patrick 46
28 Mohan, Kyle 99
29 Jones, Jeff 29
30 Angelo, Tony 96
31 Briggs, Dave 24
32 Baribeau, Mats* 30
33 Mertzanis, Dennis 323
34 Castro, Jhonnattan 717
35 Ward, Chris 23
36 Kearney, Dean 43
38 Wicknick, Brandon* 801
39 Parsons, Will* 48
40 Hamilton, Nate* 144
41 Hosford, Corey 232
42 Rydquist, Carl 300
44 Jeanneret, Chris* 111
45 Primozich, Rob* 3
46 Stone, Gabe 15
47 Mendoza Jr., Enrique 16
48 Wilkerson, Walker 95
49 Steele, Josh* 72
50 Moore, Victor 360
52 Hildebrand, J.R. 6
53 Pakula, Luke* 714
55 Lee, Alex 81
57 Osaki, Karl* 14
61 Cano Estrella, Carlos 10

2013 Formula Drift Round 6 at Texas Motor Speedway Qualifying [RESULTS]

In the 1st Formula Drift event at Texas Motor Speedway Vaughn Gittin Jr takes home the top qualifying spot. The rest of the qualifying results and Top 32 match ups are below.

1. V. Gittin
2. F. Aasbo
3. C. Forsberg
4. F. Wang
5. O. Bakchis
6. D. Yoshihara
7. M. Essa
8. P. Mordaunt
9. C. Denofa
10. T. Yoshioka
11. M. Powers
12. K. Gushi
13. M. Field
14. J. Pawlak
15. M. Baribeau
16. T. Aono
17. C. Grunewald
18. M. Ovcharik
19. P. Goodin
20. W. Parsons
21. D. George
22. D. Saito
23. R. Primozich
24. R. Kado
25. D. Kearney
26. J. Maeng
27. K. Moen
28. R. Nishida
29. T. Angelo
30. J. Lowe
31. C. Jeaneret
32. G. Stone


Top 32 Match Battles

V. Gittin vs G. Stone
T. Aono vs C. Grunewald
P. Mordaunt vs D. Kearney
C. Denofa vs R. Kado
F. Wang vs T. Angelo
M. Field vs W. Parsons
O. Bakchis vs R. Nishida
K. Gushi vs D. George
F. Aasbo vs C. Jeaneret
M. Baribeau vs M. Ovcharik
M. Essa vs J. Maeng
T. Yoshioka vs R. Promozich
C. Forsberg vs J. Lowe
J. Paklak vs P. Goodin
D. Yoshihara vs K. Moen
M. Powers vs D. Saito

2013 Formula Drift Round 5 Evergreen Speedway – Practice/Qualifying [GALLERY]

Formula Drift witnessed a great practice/qualifying session at Evergreen Speedway with tons of big name drivers missing the first qualifying group and being forced back to the second qualifying session. Dennis Mertzanis did his best career qualifying position and local Chris Jeanneret drove his way into the Top 32 with a new motor program. Enjoy all the coverage from our northwest photographer Nelson Arya.

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2013 Formula Drift Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway Qualifying [RESULTS]

Darren McNamara took down first place with a solid qualifying pass while tons of big names scored a 0 on the first run setting them to the back of the grid such as Ryan Tuerck, Daigo Saito, Kenneth Moen, and Robbie Nishida. A notable absence is Kyle Mohan who had steering rack issues and failed to qualify. Here is how the Top 32 wound up:

1. Darren McNamara
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Matt Field
4. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
5. Odi Bakchis
6. Matt Powers
7. Toshiki Yoshioka
8. Ryan Kado
9. Michael Essa
10. Justin Pawlak
11. Chris Forsberg
12. Conrad Grunewald
13. Dennis Mertzanis
14. Dai Yoshihara
15. Tyler McQuarrie
16. Ken Gushi
17. Chelsea DeNofa
18. Kenneth Moen
19. Robbie Nishida
20. Taka Aono
21. Joon Maeng
22. Miro Ovcharik
23. Ryan Tuerck
24. Pat Goodin
25. Danny George
26. Daigo Saito
27. Jeff Jones
28. Tony Angelo
29. Chris Jeanneret
30. Pat Mordaunt
31. Jhnotthan Castro
32. Brandon Wicknick

Top 32 Tandem Battles:
Darren McNamara vs. Brandon Wicknick
Ken Gushi vs. Chelsea DeNofa
Ryan Kado vs. Danny George
Michael Essa vs. Pat Goodin
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Chris Jeanneret
Dennis Mertzanis vs. Taka Aono
Odi Bakchis vs. Tony Angelo
Conrad Grunewald vs. Joon Maeng
Fredric Aasbo vs. Jhonnthan Castro
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Kenneth Moen
Toshiki Yoshioka vs. Daigo Saito
Justin Pawlak vs. Ryan Tuerck
Matt Field vs. Patrick Mordaunt
Dai Yoshihara vs. Robbie Nishida
Matt Powers vs. Jeff Jones
Chris Forsberg vs. Miro Ovcharik

2013 Formula Drift Round 4 at Wall Speedway– Friday Qualifying/Practice [GALLERY]

One eventful practice and qualifying at Round 4 proved rather challenging to some drivers while others handled the course change quickly. The gallery compiles some of the great runs of the weekend in photograph form. Ryan Kado put down an amazing qualifying run that would of been a first place spot under the old rules. The new Wall Speedway is covered with “in bound” paint and a modified course eliminating the center crossover.

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