Joon Maeng

2012 Formula Drift Round 6 at Las Vegas Qualifying [GALLERY]

Formula Drift Qualifying ended with Fredrick Aasbo taking home the top qualifying spot. Follow the link below to check of some Formula Drift Round 6 Qualifying photos.

http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=311

2012 Formula Drift Round 6 at Las Vegas Thursday Night Practice [GALLERY]

The new track layout is quite a change from years past in Vegas. In fact, the whole place looks different in a great way with movement of the paddock area to the side of the parking lot and moved grandstands. Many top drivers made only a few passes but the track seems to be difficult for almost all. Qualifying should be interesting today.

Check out the gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=310

Joon Maeng’s S13 is almost ready for Vegas [SNAPSHOT]

Just last week, Joon Maeng’s privateer S13 was looking a little rough around the edges. Today, the car looks much closer to being completed. We anticipate that Joon will likely be testing in the next few days in preparation for Las Vegas. I know a lot of fans are rooting for him to get back on the track and climb the standings. Where do you think Joon will finish in Vegas?

Say Howdy! Get Rowdy! with Chelsea DeNofa at Formula Drift Seattle [VIDEO]

A 20 minute drift video featuring the Chelsea DeNofa infamous car swap into the Bergenholtz Racing Rx-8 and the aftermath of his first weekend at Evergreen Speedway. DeNofa ended up building an E46 M3 which is possible to be a competition vehicle in the future? The car will be a SEMA this fall if you want to take a closer look at it. Enjoy this cool production put together by Cody Slack and learn a ton about the new program from DeNofa himself.

2012 Formula Drift Round 6 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway [DRIVERS LIST]

The most hot place on earth next weekend is hosting a drift event next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway  for the sixth round of Formula Drift. Below is a complete list of drivers coming to Las Vegas to compete for the big weekend.

1

Gittin, Vaughn Jr.

25

2

Saito, Daigo*

430

3

Pawlak, Justin

13

4

Yoshihara, Daijiro

9

5

Tuerck, Ryan

62

6

Millen, Rhys

67

7

Aasbo, Fredric

151

8

Forsberg, Chris

64

9

Powers, Matt

665

10

Bakchis, Odi

723

11

Gushi, Ken

21

12

Grunewald, Conrad

79

13

Essa, Mike

101

14

Moen, Kenneth**

22

15

Kado, Ryan

614

16

Yoshioka, Toshiki

5

17

Denofa, Chelsea*

88

18

McQuarrie, Tyler

17

18

Wilkerson, Walker

95

20

Nishida, Robbie

31

21

Field, Matt

777

22

McNamara, Darren

8

23

Mohan, Kyle

99

24

Angelo, Tony

96

25

Maeng, Joon

51

26

Lowe, Jeremy*

138

27

Mertzanis, Dennis

323

27

Aono, Taka

86

29

Ovcharik, Miroslav*

235

30

Mordaunt, Patrick

90

31

Castro, Jhonnattan*

717

32

Brakohiapa, Tony

18

33

Lonberger, Luke

28

34

Marstanovic, George*

111

35

George, Danny

7

35

Hosford, Corey*

232

35

Ward, Chris*

23

35

Goodin, Patrick*

46

39

D’Alessio, Nick*

84

40

Amandio, Emmanuel**

30

41

Lee, Alex**

81

43

Jones, Jeff

29

45

Abbott, Jeff

518

45

Bell, Ryan*

19

45

Briggs, Dave*

24

45

Coomes, Andrew*

12

45

Fournier, Ian

11

45

Gallagher, Roland

425

45

Guild, Joshua*

702

45

Mendoza Jr., Enrique*

16

45

Ornelas Jr., Mauricio*

27

45

Skudlarek, Mike

20

45

Stone, Gabe*

15

45

Thomas, Nick

310

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 JoonMaeng.com, 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?

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