Joon Maeng

Joon Maeng’s LS2 powered Nissan 240sx Hatchback [BUILD PREVIEW]

Joon Maeng was fired on July 3rd of this season after we reported on Chelsea DeNofa test driving his Rx-8 with Bergenholtz Racing. In less than 40 days his team has assembled a new LS2 powered 240sx and will be ready for Round 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He has been working endless hours to get this car together and we cannot wait to see him as a privateer in action. Joon is probably the most active driver in social media if you want to follow even more information on the build as it comes together between his Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare accounts. Let’s see how he can perform on his own and outside of a team again.


We Might have the Into the Blue – Air Force Challenge Winner Pictured Here [SPOILER ALERT]

Found on Facebook tonight was what looks to be Ryan Tuerck suiting up for his big Air Force flight promised from the Into the Blue mini-series sponsored by the AirForce. The event took four Air Force men into drift cars with Joon Maeng, Tony Angelo, Ryan Tuerck, and Odi Bakchis with the winner being put high into the sky with his pupil. I bet Ryan Tuerck had a hell of a time flying with the Air Force! How do you think the mini series is going so far?

Joon Maeng Not Competing in Seattle

Joon Maeng just posted on his blog that he will not competing in Seattle.  The vehicle he had been prepping for the last few weeks will not be complete in time. You’ll remember that  Joon and Bergenholtz Racing split ways about an moth ago.

Joon had this to say on his blog about missing Formula Drift Seattle.

We tried our very best to make it out to Seattle but having only two weeks to build a brand new drift car is quite a wild adventure. Evergreen Speedway is my favorite track and it hurts to miss Formula D round 5. This would be the first time missing an event since my drifting career in FD.

Chelsea Denofa officially announced as driving the Bergenholtz RX8 [BREAKING NEWS]

As we originally announced two weeks ago, Chelsea Denofa had been seen driving the RX8 and consulting on some setup of the car, and Joon Maeng was later let go from the team. Now it seems that the cycle is complete as Chelsea Denofa has officially been announced as the driver of the car, which will now include Chelsea’s title sponsor BC Racing. WhatMonstersDo released a new rendering of the car, which appears to have BC Racing wheels on it (which is ironic as WhatMonstersDo was started by an employee of Enkei wheels, who previously sponsored the car). A quote from the press release is after the break.

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Joon Maeng’s new S13 privateer car [RUMORMILL]

Although Joon hasn’t announced anything officially, we’ve done some reading between the lines for you. Here’s what we know:

First and foremost, today is his birthday. Happy Birthday, Joon!

1 – There aren’t many teams with spare cars sitting around. Several previously FD-legal cars were shipped off to China for a demo earlier this season, and very few other teams have cars sitting around in running shape and available.

2 – Joon has had 2 S13′s in his possession for awhile now – The first is his old S13.5 demo car which was originally black, then went green for the ’09 season, and is currently wrapped in a white Lucas Oil wrap. The second car is a V8 S13 that he built as a practice car earlier this season and took out to Adams a few times. The Lucas Oil-wrapped former competition car is still in 1 piece as he has been doing demos and ridealongs over the past few weeks, and even mentioned a demo today on his Facebook.

3 – Joon has posted a few photos of his ‘new’ Formula D S13 on his Facebook, with a cage that is painted silver (the cage on his Lucas-wrapped car was gold) and pop-up headlights (his Lucas-wrapped car has an S15 front end conversion). His V8 practice car that he took out to Adams earlier this season was a black S13 chassis with pop-up headlights, as pictured above.

Putting all of this together, we believe that Joon has converted his V8 S13 car into his Formula D competition car, and that Joon will be joining the V8 S-chassis ranks in Formula D as a privateer for Seattle. While an official announcement is said to be coming soon on, we think it’s pretty safe to say that the car will be the former black V8 chassis, brought up to FD regulations.

What are your thoughts on Joon possibly joining the V8 ranks?

Joon Maeng Let Go From Bergenholtz Racing [CONFIRMED]

So adding to our news about Chelsea DeNofa testing this car which we reported hours ago now we have a PR sent out from Bergenholtz Racing making it official that they have let go current driver Joon Maeng as of today! The complete PR is below but it sure sounds like the test drive by Chelsea DeNofa could lead to a new partnership at Formula Drift Seattle. Various sources have confirmed the two talking but no other information is available at this time. What would you think about DeNofa in the Bergenholtz Rx-8? More importantly is what does Daigo Saito think?


Bergenholtz Racing and Joon Maeng Part Ways.

Effective immediately, Bergenholtz Racing and Joon Maeng have both decided to part ways. “Though we both gave our blood sweat and tears to achieve podiums, we still couldn’t get the formula right. In our quest to win, we realize that change must occur and sometimes that involves tough decisions. It is with great heart-felt regret that this has to happen but I believe it is the best for the future of Joon and our team.” Said Ron Bergenholtz, Team Manager of Bergenholtz Racing.

Chelsea DeNofa Spotted Testing the Nitto Tire Mazda Rx-8

We have a confirmation that Chelsea DeNofa has been testing the Nitto Tire Mazda Rx-8 run by the Bergenholtz Racing team and we hear they had a great test program together. Rumor has it maybe that Chelsea DeNofa is set up to be the replacement driver for Joon Maeng at some point sooner than later? It seems awful convenient that Chelsea DeNofa has a totaled BMW sitting in his shop and he is testing with another program. More details as they happen!

2012 Formula Drift Round 4 at Wall – Qualifying Order [RESULTS]

The rain came down in qualifying and did mange to mix things up a little bit. Towards the end of the second runs the track did clear up allowing the top 10 powerhouse drivers put down relatively dry passes. Here is how they finished on the day:

1. Odi Bakchis (M7 Japan/Nexen Tire Nissan 240sx)
2. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Monster Energy Drink 2013 Ford Mustang)
3. Fredric Aasbo (Need for Speed Scion tC)
4. Dai Yoshihara (Discount Tire Nissan 240sx S13)
5. Chelsea DeNofa (BC Racing E36 BMW)
6. Chris Forsberg (NOS Energy Nissan 370z)
7. Kenneth Moen (Lutz Performance Nissan 350z)
8. Conrad Grunewald (Hankook Tires Chevrolet Camaro)
9. Ken Gushi (Greddy Scion FR-S)
10. Darren McNamara (Falken Tire S15 Silvia)
11. Ryan Tuerck (Retaks Nissan 240sx S13)
12. Tyler McQuarrie (Go Pro/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro)
13. Rhys Millen (2013 Hyundai Genesis)
14. Justin Pawlak (2013 Ford Mustang)
15. Robbie Nishida (Achilles Tire Lexus SC300)
16. Luke Lonberger (Hankook Tire Chevrolt Corvette C6)
17. Daigo Saito (Achilles Tire Lexus SC430)
18. Joon Maeng (Nitto Tire Mazda Rx-8)
19. Ryan Kado (Nexen Tire Nissan 350z)
20. Michael Essa (GSR BMW Z4)
21. Dennis Mertzanis (Kenda Tire/ Nissan 240sx S13)
22. Kyle Mohan (Nexen Tire Mazda Rx-8)
23. Matt Powers (Need for Speed Nissan 240sx S14)
24. Patrick Mordaunt (APEX’i Lexus SC430)
25. Chris Ward (S13 Nissan 240sx)
26. Tony Brakohiapa (eBay Motors 2013 Ford Mustang)
27. Danny George ( Mazda Miata)
28. Tony Angelo (Scion Racing Scion tc)
29. Taka Aono (Megan Racing Toyota Corolla AE86)
30. Jhonnattan Castro (Progreso Bank Nissan 350z)
31. Miro Ovcharik (Sikky Engineering Nissan 240sx)
32. Nick D’Alessio (Elite JDM Nissan 240sx)


2012 Formula Drift Round 4 Wall Stadium Drivers List

Here is a complete and tentative list of drivers attending Formula Drift Round 4 at New Jersey. The roster features 50 drivers which might be the biggest field filled at Wall Stadium to date. It looks like they are doing much better than the 32 drivers that ended up being fielded last year. Here is who has signed up:

1. Justin Pawlak
2. Daigo Saito
3. Dai Yoshihara
4. Rhys Millen
5. Ryan Tuerck
6. Chris Forsberg
7. Odi Bakchis
8. Fredric Aasbo
9. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
10. Toshiki Yoshioka
11. Michael Essa
12. Matt Powers
13. Kenneth Moen
14. Ken Gushi1
15. Ryan Kado
16. Kyle Mohan
17. Walker Wilkerson
18. Tyler McQuarrie
19. Joon Maeng
20. Chelsea DeNofa
21. Conrad Grunewald
22. Darren McNamara
23. Tony Angelo
24. Matt Field
25. Robbie Nishida
26. Taka Aono
27. Robbie Nishida
28. Dennis Mertzanis
29. Jeremy Lowe
30. Luke Lonberger
31. Corey Hosford
32. Miroslov Ovcharik
33. Amandio Emmanuel
34. Tony Brakohiapa
35. Patrick Mordaunt
36. Danny George
37. Patrick Goodin
38. Chris Ward
39. Nick D’Alessio
40. Jeff Jones
41. Zoltan Hajdu
42. Jeff Abbott
43. Dave Briggs
44. Andrew Coomes
45. Mauricio Ornelas Jr.
46. Mike Skudlarek
47. Gabe Stone
48. Nick Thomas
49. Jhonnattan Castro
50. Brad Hettinger

Formula Drift 2012 Standings After 3 Rounds

After a fierce battle  at West Palm Beach Justin Pawlak is still if 1st place, but Diago Saito is knocking on the point leads door. The rest of the rankings are below:

1. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 280 Points
2. Saito, Daigo Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 259.50 Points
3. Yoshihara, Daijiro America’s Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 197 Points
4. Millen, Rhys Hankook / Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis Coupe 185 Points
5. Tuerck, Ryan Team Retaks Nissan 240SX 183.50 Points
6. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z 183 Points
7. Bakchis, Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis Motorsports Nissan 240SX S14 177.25 Points
8. Aasbo, Fredric Need for Speed / Papadakis Racing Scion TC 176.50 Points
9. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang 169 Points
10. Yoshioka, Toshiki RS*R Nissan Silvia S15 162.75 Points
11. Essa, Michael GSR Autosport / Nitto BMW ZR4 152.50 Points
12. Powers, Matt Need for Speed / Nitto Nissan S14 151 Points
13. Moen, Kenneth Lutz Performance Nissan 350Z 149.50 Points
14. Gushi, Ken Greddy / Hankook Scion FR-S 140.50 Points
15. Kado, Ryan Ryan Kado Racing Nissan 350Z 138.50 Points
16. Mohan, Kyle Nexen Tire / Mazdatrix Mazda RX-8 133.75 Points