Joon Maeng

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.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=348

2013 Formula Drift Palm Beach Judging Clarification – Look at Joon Maeng vs. Tony Angelo

First, I would like to apologize to everyone for taking so long to get this written up and then thank everyone who voted. After the first day of voting, it looked like the Joon Maeng v. Tony Angelo tandem match would be the most voted on, but then there was another match that was rivaling it for a brief period, so we just wanted to make sure until the poll ended before we wrote up our breakdown. I believe the voting finally ended on Friday and between preparing for our event this weekend and my regular day job, I didn’t get a chance to combine everyone’s notes until after work on Wednesday.

In order to help explain this, I think we need to discuss in detail what it is that we look for in tandem. I know we touched on some key points after RD2 at Road Atlanta, but after RD3 it is apparent that there is still some information lost between us, the fans, and maybe even some teams. We are continually working to make this better, and we hope that when things aren’t as clearly defined or explained, people will constructively let us know so that we may continue to make adjustments and improvements.

Tandem:
We judge both Driver A and Driver B’s lead and chase runs as well as compare Driver A and Driver B’s lead and chase runs. The goal of Driver A and Driver B is to have a strong lead and chase run to advance. An ideal tandem matchup is when the lead driver adheres to the judges’ criteria as a lead driver which allows (and makes it possible) for the chase driver to anticipate the lead driver’s run for a fair battle.

Lead Driver:
The lead driver’s goal is to drift throughout the entire course outlined by the judges based on the judges’ criteria explained in the drivers’ meetings. This means to be on point at all of the clipping points, outer zones, and touch & go areas (if specified) with maximum angle and speed. The lead driver is not to deviate from the judges’ criteria in the lead driver position. If the lead driver does deviate from the judges’ criteria, such as running a low line and/or shallow angle, they will not gain or have any advantage from doing so.

Chase Driver:
The chase driver’s goal is to follow as close as possible to the lead driver throughout the entire course outlined by the judges. Essentially the lead driver is considered a moving clipping point, however, the chase driver is not allowed to run a shallow line and/or less angle than the lead driver. If the chase driver does deviate from this, the chase driver will not gain or have any advantage from doing so.

Palm Beach:
This venue is unique in that it is a racetrack, but the portion we use is essentially half racetrack and half parking lot. With that said, we tried to make the course more defined and visually appealing by painting yellow lines throughout the course, as well as using less cones (only 12) and no big orange barrels this year.

Yellow Lines:
The course was defined in the drivers’ meeting as being inside the yellow lines. The yellow lines served as a buffer for drivers in case some vehicles’ bumpers extended out more than another vehicle. As a result, all clipping points were positioned on the opposite side of the yellow line, thus allowing the drivers to get their tires as close to the yellow line and not worry that their bumper was going to hit or knock over a clipping point. We did the same in Atlanta, only there wasn’t a yellow line painted, we just had the clipping points positioned approximately 16-18″ from the edge of the rumblestrips or the track.
The yellow lines were painted 16″ wide starting between initiation point and the touch & go section and extending throughout the course on both sides of the track past the finish line. The yellow lines also remained the same distance apart from each other throughout the course to help drivers know how much room they had on course (with the exception of the finish line due to space constraints).
The rumble strips at the race track are 32″ wide and found at the beginning and end of the outer zones. Since we allow drivers to use the rumblestrips at any venue as part of the track and we do not award deductions for a tire touching them, we doubled the width of the yellow line in the outer zones to 32″ in order to allow the rumblestrips to remain evenly through the outerzones and not disrupt the flow of a driver’s line should they enter the outerzone with a tire on the rumblestrip.

Those 12 Orange Cones (off course markers):
First, we don’t like the cones, they take away from the appeal of the track, they make it look less professional, take time to replace when hit, and after this event cause controversy. We prefer a track with defined edges, but certain venues require the need for cones, and this happened to be such a venue. The orange cones were placed in groups of 3 spaced 45′ apart to help aid us in determining if a driver was in excess of one tire way off course. They were positioned 18″ past the yellow lines.
In the outer zones, an orange cone would be located 50″ past the edge of the course (32″ yellow line + 18″ space between yellow line and cone). That’s just over 4′ of room to allow before coming in contact with a cone, and even then there were only 6 cones in the outer zones. Now depending on the vehicle, some may be two wheels off at this point and others may only be one, that is why we had the cones positioned in key areas where this may happen to help alleviate any problem areas.
The tough & go section and the left side between the inner clip 1 and inner clip 2 each had one section of cones. These cones were 34″ past the edge of the course (16″ yellow line + 18″ space between yellow line and cone). The touch & go area was the first real edge of the track the drivers encounter after initiation, so it was highly probably that this area would also see lots of tires cross over the yellow line. At almost 3′, this was still a decent amount of room to allow before coming in contact with a cone. I don’t recall the area between the inner clips being much of an issue (if any), but the track does dip down in this area towards a storm drain, so again this was an area where a visual aid may have come in handy.

The Lighted Markers:
The lighted markers aren’t judged, they are there merely to help the drivers visualize the course at night and hopefully help the fans watching as well. They are generally positioned near clipping points and other areas of the track that may be difficult to see the course line clearly.


(Skip to 16:00 minutes to watch Joon Maeng vs. Tony Angelo – Sorry, Formula Drift won’t make it convenient to display individual runs anymore for some reason).

Joon Maeng v. Tony Angelo:

Andy:
My overall impression went back to the first run where Tony’s lead run out performed Joon’s lead run. Joon’s lead run was hard to anticipate what his next move was because he was not on the line the judges specified. Joon also had more than a few stalls throughout the course. Simply looking at the touch & go area, Tony had a better approach in the chase position. In the drivers’ meeting, we asked them to use the whole course here whereas Joon in the chase position cut it short on the touch & go area. Tony was actually in a better chase position setting up for Joon to be on the touch & go area in order to keep proximity.
I could not give Joon the win because Tony had a great lead run where Joon was given plenty of opportunity in the chase position to run a low line with low angle, as Joon clearly did.

Ryan:
While leading, Tony was off of the Touch & Go and wide at Inner Clip 2, but overall had a decent lead run with minimal corrections. Joon does an okay job following, but has a correction and less angle through the Touch & Go.
Tonys chase run wasn’t pretty, but I deemed Joon responsible for that due to his poor lead run. Immediately after Joon’s initiation, he ended up on a shallow line, far from the Touch & Go and then slowed down significantly, transitioning early and throttling through to the outside clipping point. In the driver’s meeting we were very specific about what we wanted to see in this area: full throttle through the Touch & Go until the transition was complete, then lifting off throttle if needed to slow the car, using the vehicle’s momentum to carry the car wide through the outside zone. Joon clearly made a mistake, lifted, managed to hold onto the drift, but had to transition early and then go hard on the throttle though much of the outside zone, taking away any chance Tony had of chasing him adequately throughout the rest of the course.
I felt that all of Tony’s mistakes were almost forgiven after that point as his momentum was completely interrupted and he had to regain his speed and proximity after getting on the brakes hard to avoid contact. After that point Tony was playing catch up. Joon also made several mistakes at inner clip 1 and 2 that tripped up Tony, who was still trying to regain proximity. As for the contact, we saw Joon’s car aggressively slow down in an area that didn’t call for it.
I would like to point out that at no point were Joon’s actions deemed malicious. They were simply mistakes made by the lead driver that caused the chase driver to make errors and were severe enough to give Tony the win despite what his chase run looked like.

Brian:
On Tony’s lead run he is slightly off at the touch & go and enters outer zone 1 fairly well. Tony then shallows up his line and exits outer zone 2 early. Tony then makes inner clip 1 and then goes wide at inner clip 2. Joon chasing has slightly less angle at initiation and past the touch & go making a correction. Joon does pretty good throughout the outer zones and then follows the desired line past inner clip 2 rather than follow Tony.
On Joon’s lead run he initiates early and is never really able to get his car out near the touch & go area. Joon actually begins his transition towards the outer zone just before the first cone in the touch & go area and this is where he disrupts Tony’s chase run. Joon enters outer zone 1 well, but as he is in the middle of the outer zones, he makes two corrections and then exits outer zone 2 early (like Tony’s lead run). Joon goes past inner clip 1 and then as he sets up for inner clip 2 stalls. Tony chasing initiates and makes a correction at the touch & go to avoid contact. As a result, Tony straightens up and shallows up his line in order to regain proximity and resume drift in the outer zones. He then makes another correction at inner clip 1. Tony regains drift after inner clip 1 only to make contact with Joon prior to inner clip 2.
Overall Tony’s lead run was not the best lead run in regards to line, but he was still able to make it fluid. Joon’s lead run had several mistakes and as a result didn’t give Tony the same opportunity to have a fair chase run, especially with the initiation and again by stalling.

2013 Formula Drift West Palm Beach Round 3 – Main Event [GALLERY]






One intense Formula Drift main event went way into the night as Michael Essa took home his first every career victory. Once Top 32 came about the event turned into more of a demolition derby than a drift event. Kenneth Moen, Danny George, Tony Angelo, Vaughn Gittin Jr., and Chris Forsberg were just a few who banged wheels and doors on Saturday getting to the finals. This was a full six cylinder podium with drivers all running Garrett turbos. Enjoy all the door banging action!

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=343

Our Readers Pick What Formula D Palm Beach Judging Call They Want Clarification On [ROCK THE VOTE]

After a Formula Drift judging reply to the incidents at Round 2 Road Atlanta we have talked to the three judges who agreed to break down a judging call of the Wrecked readers choice. Below, we hand picked the Top 10 most controversial tandem battles of the Palm Beach Round 3 weekend so the readers can request clarification.

 

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Yaer Productions Takes on Road Atlanta [VIDEO]

Yaer Productions produced this great recap of Road Atlanta from the perspective of the fans and entertainment around the Brasselton racetrack. Former Am driver Jonathan Martin even speaks up about what he enjoys about the Road Atlanta track. Sit back and find out what fun you missed at Round 2.

 

Falken Tire documents the Formula D demo in Panama [VIDEO]

Justin Pawlak brought his Falken Tire Ford Mustang to Panama last month along with Matt Powers, Joon Maeng, and Odi Bakchis. This video documents Justin Pawlak’s trip, and gives us a cool behind-the-scenes look at one of the many international demos that FD does each year.

2013 Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach Videos [OPEN MEDIA THREAD]

We know tons of videos are going to be released over the next few days so this is an open media thread. Feel free to use our contact form to submit a video or drop one in the comments and we will keep this thread ongoing. The feature video above is a piece put together by Mark Lenardon and is one awesome compilation video highlighting all of the events from Round 1.

2013 Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach Media Day
Ryan Tuerck Testing his 2JZ Retaks Scion FR-S:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpFpBz_f3gI&list=PLVBahRgiCzw8
Jhonnathan Castro – Nissan 350z Hood Flies Up Mid Drift
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwD7easuef4&list=PLVBahRgiCzw8Wl3jTzAVFJa5A-WQ6trbB
Justin Pawlak’s First Run of 2013- LoreninHD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqPq_MwoHkw
Wrecked Magazine YouTube Playlist from Media Day
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVBahRgiCzw8Wl3jTzAVFJa5A-WQ6trbB

2013 Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach Practice/Qualifying Day
Keep Drifting Fun – Will Roegge RAW Footage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRY5Ce2ex1w
Justin Pawlak’s Big Crash on First Qualifying Run (BeardLife)
http://vimeo.com/64031559
Justin Pawlak and Matt Field Qualifying Crash (AWfilms)
http://vimeo.com/63949795
Ryan Tuerck Crash from GoPro – NetworkA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8dWZ7JNPb4
Conrad Grunewald Talks About Long Beach and New Sponsors – Lifeblasters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si9E3sG2SnU
Matt Powers Sit Down with My Life at Speed – Not Great Audio
href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbyqLppiytM">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbyqLppiytM
Brandon Wicknick Practice Runs (In Car)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYkex4-A7i4
Brandon Wicknick Slow Motion by LoreninHD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbERDT_KHxs&feature=youtu.be

2013 Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach Main Event
DSTROYR Clothing at Round 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRf6Bsav7NE&list=UUya0bYdFgEY6SICAAN-b16w&index=1
Driven to Drift by Scion Racing
http://vimeo.com/64335183
GoPro at Streets of Long Beach with Tyler McQuarrie and J.R. Hildebrand
http://vimeo.com/64085584
Hoonigan Team at Round 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB05YJnIV2E&feature=youtu.be
Joon Maeng Recap by Nexus Visuals
http://vimeo.com/64405597
Monster Drift with Vaughn Gittin Jr.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xDIONV5RPA
State of Stance Rolly Dee – Preview
http://vimeo.com/64264043

Formula Drift Round 1 Long Beach Qualifying [RESULTS]

After one of the longest qualifying sessions in Formula Drift history. Dai Yoshihara takes takes the number one qualifier spot. The rest of the qualifying order is below.

32 Tyler Mcquarrie
31 Dennis Mertzanis
30 Enrique Mendoza
29 Carl Ryquist
28 Miro Ovcharik
27 Pat Goodin
26 Jeff Jones
25 Danny George
24 Toshiki Yoshioka
23 Justin Pawlak
22 Pat Mordaunt
21 Joon Maeng
20 Robbie Nishida
19 Kyle Mohan
18 Jhonnattan Castro
17 Matt Field
16 Matt powers
15 Chris Forsberg
14 Ken Gushi
13 Ryan Kado
12 Odi Bakchis
11 Taka Aono
10 Forrest Wang
9 Freddy Aasbo
8 Daigo Saito
7 Ryan Tuerck
6 Vaughn Gittin JR
5 Kenny Moen
4 Chelsea Denofa
3 Mike Essa
2 Darren McNamara
1 Dai Yoshihara

2013 Formula Drift Media Day Runs [VIDEO]

Ryan Tuerck made his first passes on the Streets of Long Beach track at Formula Drift Media Day and we were on site to capture his first performance of the season. The video is a part of a playlist so you can sit back and let the videos auto-play of all 8 drivers we put pieces together for if you are interested. If not, you can follow these links below to a specific driver.

Driver Videos from 2013 Formula Drift Tech Day
Justin Pawlak – 2013 Formula Drift Media Day – 2014 Ford Mustang – YouTube
Joon Maeng – 2013 Formula Drift Media Day – Lucas Oil / Mav TV S13 – YouTube
Robbie Nishida – 2013 Formula Drift Media Day – Achilles Radial Lexus SC300 – YouTube
Matt Field – 2013 Formula Drift Media Day – Rotiform / Maxxis S14 – YouTube
Fredric Aasbo – 2013 Formula Drift Media Day – Hankook 2014 Scion tC – YouTube
Conrad Grunewald – 2013 Formula Drift Media Day – Megan Racing Chevrolet Camaro – YouTube