Ken Gushi

2015 Formula Drift Round 4 New Jersey Qualifying [RESULTS]


So 37 drivers showed up for New Jersey which is one of the better driver counts for a Wall Speedway event that we can remember. I guess narrowing down the field just swept away the non-serious players. Two drivers (James Evans and Charles Ng) failed to get a score so only three drivers with a score didn’t qualify. 78 was the cutoff score which is pretty high compared to the average. Here is how they guys finished and who the tandem battles will be in the morning –

1. Ken Gushi 93 (46 Style)
2. Fredric Aasbo 93 (44 Style)
3. Justin Pawlak 92 (46 Style)
4. Pat Goodin 92 (45 Style)
5. Kenneth Moen 91 (43 Style)
6. Chris Forsberg 91 (43 Style)
7. Chelsea DeNofa 90
8. Robbie Nishida 89 (44 Style)
9. Ryan Tuerck 89 (44 Style)
10. Pat Mordaunt 89 (42 Style)
11. Odi Bakchis 88 (42 Style)
12. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 88 (41 Style)
13. Forrest Wang 87 (40 Style)
14. Rapper Dan Savage 87 (40 Style)
15. Jhonnattan Castro 85 (42 Style)
16. Matt Field 85 (41 Style)
17. Conrad Grunewald 85 (40 Style)
18. Kristaps Bluss 84 (42 Style)
19. Masashi Yokoi 84 (41 Style)
20. Dai Yoshihara 84 (39 Style)
21. Dean Kearney 83 (40 Style)
22. Jeff Jones 83 (40 Style)
23. Marc Landerville 83 (40 Style)
24. Brandon Wicknick 83 (39 Style)
25. Daigo Saito 83 (36 Style)
26. Geoff Stoneback 82 (39 Style)
27. Alec Hohnadell 82 (36 Style)
28. Kyle Mohan 81 (36 Style)
29. Michael Essa 81 (35 Style)
30. Tyler McQuarrie 80 (36 Style)
31. Mats Baribeau 80 (36 Style)
32. Nate Hamilton 78

Top 32 Tandem Bracket (Left)
Ken Gushi vs. Nate Hamilton
Matt Field vs. Conrad Grunewald

Robbie Nishida vs. Daigo Saito
Ryan Tuerck vs. Brandon Wicknick

Pat Goodin vs. Michael Essa
Forrest Wang vs. Dai Yoshihara

Kenneth Moen vs. Kyle Mohan
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Dean Kearney

Top 32 Tandem Bracket (Right)
Fredric Aasbo vs. Mats Baribeau
Jhonnattan Castro vs. Kristaps Bluss

Chelsea DeNofa vs. Geoff Stoneback
Pat Mordaunt vs. Marc Landerville

Justin Pawlak vs. Tyler McQuarrie
Rapper Dan Savage vs. Masashi Yokoi

Chris Forsberg vs. Alec Hohnadell
Odi Bakchis vs. Jeff Jones

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 3 at Orlando Speed World


10. The Weekend Just Lacked Any Positive Narratives 

You know in sports when some miracle happens and they use that tacky cliche “you couldn’t even script this or write this…”? Well, I do hate that cliche because people can write about aliens, unicorns, and flying cars so putting together a compelling sports narrative with a shocking finish does’t seem that far fetched. This weekend of Formula Drift was the opposite of all that hype and lacked any real positive narratives.

The rain made drifting so slow and robbed us of smoke that we would of been just as entertained watching drivers draw straws to get a win. The home grown hero who cut his teeth at Orlando Speed World known as Pat Goodin couldn’t even qualify due to some car troubles giving this weekend the final nail in a miserable coffin.


9. Pro 2 Has Promise for 2015

Even with the bad weather conditions and a track that seemed hell bent on preventing good tandem drifting I saw that the Pro 2 ranks were far more entertaining than last season. I won’t make a bold proclamation about the Pro 2 season until I see them run at Seattle, but I do really like the builds and some drivers that have come out of the wood work for Pro 2 in 2015. The whole operation seems far more professional and relevant than its first season which I enjoy and shows potential for Pro 2 in the future.


8. Yokoi and his Car Are Growing into Formula Drift

Yokoi and his S15 Silvia look like night and day compared from his driving in Long Beach to Orlando. If it wasn’t for the wild fire coming out of his fuel system (more on that down at  #4) in a battle versus Ryan Tuerck I think he could of won that battle and possibly became the event winner.  Before going out in the Great 8 he managed to beat #1 in points Odi Bakchis in a Road Atlanta rematch. He also made pretty easy work of potential champion Fredric Aasbo in Top 32.

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2015 Formula D Championship Standings – Round 3 Orlando [STANDINGS]


Despite an early Top 16 exit, Odi Bakchis maintains the lead in the Formula Drift championship due to his two podiums in the first two events. The gap has closed, and Ryan Tuerck now sits second in the championship for the first time since the 2009 season when he ended in second position, with Chris Forsberg close behind in third. Aasbo dropped from second down to fifth due to his top 32 exit, just behind Ken Gushi who has moved up from fifth after back-to-back podiums. All drivers in the top five have two Final Four finishes to their name, showing that consistency will be required to win the championship.

Here’s a look at the top 20 in the points standings so far:

1 Odi Bakchis 223 points
2 Ryan Tuerck 208 points
3 Chris Forsberg 189 points
4 Ken Gushi 173 points
5 Fredric Aasbo 162 points
6 Matt Field 156 points
7 Vaughn Gittin Jr. 139 points
8 Pat Mordaunt 120 points
9 Forrest Wang 108 points
10 Tyler McQuarrie 106 points
11 Alec Hohnadell 105 points
12 Kenny Moen 104 points
T13 Geoff Stoneback 103 points
T13 Masashi Yokoi 103 points
15 Justin Pawlak 95 points
16 Robbie Nishida 87 points
17 Charles Ng 86 points
18 Conrad Grunewald 73 points
T19 Dan Savage 71 points
T19 “Mad” Mike Whiddett 71 points

2015 Formula Drift Round 3 Orlando Speed World [RESULTS]


I am 100% embarrassed that people out their in the world watched Formula Drift for the first time today. I will try and save my ranting and raving for the 10 Things post Monday but Tuerck won the event having actually won one tandem battle (others won by mechanical failure/rule violation/driver spinning). The rain, the inability for everyone to tandem, ick. Please let’s never go back to Orlando Speed World. Here is how they finished:

1. Ryan Tuerck
2. Chris Forsberg
3. Ken Gushi
4. Matt Field

2015 Formula Drift Round 3 Orlando Speedworld Qualifying [RESULTS]


Ken Gushi continued his stellar run from Atlanta with a top qualifying spot, his first top qualifying effort since New Jersey 2009. Although qualifying has slightly reduced importance this season compared to last season, the top spot is still very valuable for the season championship points chase.

Here’s how the full qualifying bracket shook out in Orlando:

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

Here’s how the tandem bracket shapes up –

Left Side:

Ken Gushi vs. Kyle Mohan
Kenny Moen vs. Michael Essa
Dai Yoshihara vs. Alec Hohnadell
Mike Whiddet vs. Dan Savage

Justin Pawlak vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Vaughn Gittin Jr vs. Conrad Grunewald
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Jeff Jones
Chris Forsberg vs. Geoff Stoneback

Right Side:

Matt Field vs. Matt Coffman
James Evans vs. Forrest Wang
Pat Mordaunt vs. Marc Landreville
Robbie Nishida vs. Chelsea Denofa

Ryan Tuerck vs. Kristaps Bluss
Brandon Wicknick vs. Dean Kearney
Odi Bakchis vs. Daigo Saito
Fredric Aasbo vs. Masashi Yokoi

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Road Atlanta

10. The fans at Road Atlanta Are Still Ridiculous
The fans and atmosphere seem to be one of the most entertaining parts of Road Atlanta each year. Fans bring posters, beer, EZ-Ups, and loud voices making it by far 100% the best atmosphere on the Formula Drift circuit. Something about sitting in clay on a big hill makes your experience so much more intimate than big concrete and steel bleachers.


9. Tanner Foust is Gone Until Irwindale
Tanner Foust had a lackluster return to Formula Drift in the VW Passat which kind of has left me disappointed. The fact he won’t return to the car until Irwindale makes me even sadder. This Euro/Chevy fusion project I felt was going to turn a corner any minute now and start dominating our sport. We can thank Geoff Stoneback for crushing our dreams of VW domination over the Road Atlanta weekend but more on that later. If Tanner Foust needs more seat time before Irwindale he is openly invited to attend any of the three remaining Street Driven Tour events this season!


8. Odi Bakchis – The 2015 Champion Contendor No One Is Talking About
Odi Bakchis just took the championship lead from Fredric Aasbo this weekend by a solid 44 points. Is anyone even talking about Odi Bakchis winning a championship before this weekend? My guess is probably not but he managed to score BIG points in two consecutive rounds with two different cars. At some point we need to stand by and acknowledge that he could win this thing in 2015 leaving the big funded teams in the dust. Not to mention he could also win the World Championship since he has a car ready for Asia.

7. Justin Pawlak Drove the Best This Weekend
JTP really showed me his most talented driving this weekend throwing that Ford Mustang around a course that left me speechless. I actually think his second qualifying run earned him somewhere in the 95+ column on his qualifying run. He really should of landed on the podium but that is racing for you. If he can keep up this progression in the new Ford Mustang he will land several podiums before the season was over. If you missed his second qualifying run, do yourself a favor, and dig it up from DailyMotion and give it a watch.
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2015 Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta [RESULTS]


Odi Bakchis used his aggressive driving and consistency to perform at a high level over the weekend and take home his first career victory. It was pretty wild considering that last round he drove a Hyundai Genesis and swapped back to his Nissan 240sx this weekend without skipping a beat. Ken Gushi was just inches away from taking him out in the finals but should be happy with his first return to a podium in 6 years. Here is how they finished up –

1. Odi Bakchis
2. Ken Gushi
3. Chris Forsberg
4. Forrest Wang

2015 Formula Drift Road Atlanta Round 2 [RESULTS]


Road Atlanta is always a fun battle ground for the top drifting drivers in the world. Robbie Nishida made a lackluster debut in his Infiniti G37 failing to make a qualifying pass and Dai Yoshihara had issues in his Subaru BRZ and didn’t make a pass either. The bottom of the group was quite close and Matt Field even had to drift his way out of 33rd place on his second pass to stay in the show. Here is how the tandem battles look for today –

Left Bracket
Justin Pawlak vs. Chelsea DeNofa (In Loaner MK3 Supra)
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Pat Goodin
Mad Mike Whiddett vs. Rapper Dan Savage
Forrest Wang vs. Marc Landerville
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Jeff Jones
Kenneth Moen vs. Michael Essa
Odi Bakchis vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Masahi Yokoi vs. Matt Coffman

Right Bracket
Fredric Aasbo vs. Daigo Saito
Tanner Foust vs. Geoff Stoneback
Chris Forsberg vs. Kyle Mohan
Ryan Tuerck vs. Pat Mordaunt
Conrad Grunewald vs. Dean Kearney
Charles Ng vs. Matt Field
Ken Gushi vs. Mats Barbieau
Alec Hohnadell vs. Nate Hamilton

2015 Formula Drift Livery Overload [GUIDE]

Below is a breakdown of all the 2015 Formula Drift liveries released to date and I will update as we go along. To make life easy, I ranked them by championship finishing order of 2014.


1. Chris Forsberg – Nissan 370z
The championship returns with a Nissan 370z and some added sponsors for the new year. NOS Energy Drink returns as his title and the car gets a refresh to the new Nismo style front end.


2. Fredric Aasbo – Scion tC
Another car making its return in 2015. Fredric happens to be my personal prediction for 2015 Formula Drift champion if that means anything to you. He added a title sponsorship with Rockstar Energy Drink and I really hope he runs those yellow wheels he used in his car unveiling. Regardless, the car has never looked better and I think he is poised for a great season.


3. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – Ford Mustang
Vaughn Gittin Jr. is using his old Ford Mustang with the new livery as they continue to research and develop his 2015 RTR for competition. My guess is, he will stick with the 2014 Mustang until he winds up mathematically out of the championship. That is when he would bring the 2015 RTR out for this year. If he is in the running for the championship, I expect to see this car in 2016. Good news is, you can always see his new 2015 Mustang RTR at non Formula Drift events such as Street Driven May 2nd at VIR.

4. Odi Bakchis – Hyundai Genesis / Nissan 240sx
Odi Bakchis is running a complex Formula Drift World Championship setup that involves running two cars in the USA. We have a complete Odi Bakchis schedule for his die-hard fans that want to know what he is driving and where. For this weekend, he will be in this big V8 powered Hyundai Genesis with a Vortech Supercharger kit hoping to start off with a great 2015 season.

5. Forrest Wang – LHD S15 Nissan Silvia
This car became the most hyped up and leaked debacle of 2015 all over the Internet last week due to our Instagram page but we will leave that be. Car looks pretty similar to last season and still carries a 2JZ engine setup and WiseFab for big angle.
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The liveries of FD Tech Day – Jeff Jones, Charles Ng, Ken Gushi, Dave Briggs, and Daigo Saito


Source: Achilles Radial


Source: Briggs Drift fan page


Source: Charles Ng Racing


Source: Greddy Racing


Source: Instagram

Contrary to the name, FD Tech Day didn’t actually include the technical inspection of any cars, unlike in years past. Despite that, there were a handful of liveries which were revealed at tech day, several of which we previewed earlier.

Confirming our rumor, Daigo Saito’s GT-R was not only confirmed to be in the US, but was wrapped live at the tech day, which was a cool experience. The livery still carries the black, green, and purple of the Achilles Radial liveries of years past, but has a cool digital camo type of pattern to it.

Dave Briggs also went green and black with his livery, although he revealed that he will be in Hankook Tires, not Achilles like last season.

Charles Ng showed probably the most dramatic livery change, with major sponsorship from Maxxis Tires and Speedhunters looks to still be involved in the program, but in a much less way than last year.

Ken Gushi’s FR-S livery is very similar to the livery he ran on last year’s Pikes Peak car, but still carries a lot of the elements of last season’s drift livery.

Finally, Jeff Jones’ livery was already revealed earlier, but we are big fans of the livery now that we have seen it in person.